Cambridge tops list for dynamism, Manchester for growth

Cambridge is the most dynamic city in the UK according to new research from Grant Thornton.
The consultancy has rated Cambridge top of its rankings measured by dynamism, followed by Reading, Manchester, Bristol and Oxford.

The criteria for dynamism include the prevalence of high-value, knowledge-intensive businesses and a supportive environment for enterprises, as well as whether a community is diverse and has a young and economically active workforce.

Kelly Vickers, Manager of Conference Cambridge, told CN: “We are delighted that the latest report from Grant Thornton rates Cambridge at the top of its rankings for dynamism, based on the prevalence of high-value, knowledge-intensive businesses and a supportive environment for enterprise. This is mirrored by Cambridge’s growing popularity as a destination for events, enabling delegates to meet in this global cluster of expertise, tapping into the city’s intellectual capital for keynote speakers and world-leading innovations.

“As an international brand, Cambridge has the appeal to attract more delegates to events, not only for its scientific and technological track record but for the unique social programme opportunities too.”

Cambridge is also one of a series of ‘growth corridors’ identified by Grant Thornton.

Other corridors include the channel between Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds and London’s links with cities including Bristol and Brighton.

In terms of the fastest-growing city outside London, Manchester is named at the head of the list. The city is followed by Birmingham, Milton Keynes, Bristol and Brighton.

The rankings were produced as a result of analysis of economic growth and demographics in the eight years to 2012.

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