Below is a link to the Centre for Cities 2018 report which includes information on Gloucester.
The report uses very sound metrics but it is nevertheless important to note that the geographic area relates to just the area covered by the local authority (LAU1) – in this case Gloucester city council. This means that the report’s conclusion on jobs, skills and so-on would not for example include data on businesses at Twigworth, Gloucester Business park, Staverton and so-on which for the purpose of this report are excluded.
Highlights include Gloucester:
- Schools performing in top quartile nationally
- Ranked 4th of 63 cities for having highest employment rates (structurally full employment)
- 2% of city exports to China and growing
- High level of services exports
- Good levels of growth in high value jobs c.f. many cities (but still middle ranked)
With the proposed Super City suggested in the #Glos2050 Big Conversation, we have asked Andrew Carter CEO of Centre for Cities would run an exercise using current benchmarks to see how these figures would be affected if the model was working today. Marketing Gloucester will be assisting in providing data. Currently Centre for Cities do not include Cheltenham as it falls below the threshold (135,000 users per day).
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