About The State of Britain

The State of Britain is a monthly, subscription free online magazine, that critically explores how the major economic issues facing the UK impacts on the State; the devolved nations, regions and UK dependencies. We try to demystify how economics and regional policy impacts your area.  We examine key regional metrics such as income (GVA), productivity, labour markets and housing.  We try and evaluate government intervention – either directly or indirectly via agencies – at a national and local level. We also look at how the UK is performing internationally with reference to facts not forecasts or spin.

Our contributors are current or former, journalists, Bank of England officials, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills officials, fund managers, lawyers, accountants and business leaders.

Our editor is Sam Simpson.

Sam’s interest in regional policy began when he left KPMG to work at the Department of Trade and Industry where he advised two Secretary of States on a number of high profile state interventions. Sam has also worked at the Bank of England where he focused on regional policy and regional economics.