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Building wealth

6 Oct 2018

Widespread employment, pushed up by precarious jobs and zero hours contracts, has not improved overall economic wellbeing. In Hartlepool, Thurrock and Morecambe – places where economic growth is failing to have any visible benefits – Hazel Sheffield discovers the power of individuals partnering with communities to create change.

“In a town where there are ten people for every six jobs, the idea of growth is a fantasy”

Sacha Bedding, Dyke House Big Local, Hartlepool

About the Author
Hazel Sheffield

Hazel Sheffield is a journalist and filmmaker based in London. She was business editor of the Independent, and now writes about business and economics for publications including the Independent, the Times and the Guardian. In 2016 she began documenting local economies emerging in the aftermath of austerity and Brexit through interviews and short films. That project can be found at

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Touching on ideas of agency, disillusionment and the impact of globalisation, this podcast explores how communities are being forced out of necessity to re-create their own local economies.

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