Manchester has won the title of the best place to do business, outside of London, for the second year running in property adviser Cushman & Wakefield's annual UK Cities Monitor report.
The report, which is carried out by Taylor Nelson Sofres on behalf of Cushman & Wakefield, surveys senior company executives on their perception of factors such as transport links, staff resources, office accommodation and quality of life, in 15 of the country's largest cities.
Manchester was also judged to be the best city for a new headquarters building, and for a back office function, again for the second year in a row, while it was ranked first as the city doing the most to improve and promote itself.
The city fell in only four rankings, including value for money, availability of office space, and cost of staff, although the report noted that these could be attributed to the success of the city over the past 12 months.
Liverpool took joint second place with Leeds as the city doing the most to improve itself, and third place as the city doing the most to promote itself, as well as rising by three places to rank eighth as the best city in terms of value for money of office space. In other categories, though, it fell in ranking by between one to eight places compared to last year's results.
Tony Bray, head of the Manchester office of Cushman & Wakefield, said: "We are very pleased that Manchester has further strengthened its position as the UK's second city and has continued to boost its profile as a city that is continuing to improve itself. In the current market it is imperative for cities to distinguish themselves and Manchester's ability to respond to key business relocation decisions is demonstrated by its status within the business community.
"The last decade has seen a step change in the quality of the city region and its offer and this will continue to significantly increase with the advent of MediacityUK from 2010 onwards. Manchester is aiming to compliment rather than compete with London and will continue to attract UK and International corporates. Whilst the city region should not rest on its laurels it is as well placed as possible to perform through the economic uncertainty which we now face."
UK Cities Monitor 2008: The best city in which to locate a business today
|Rank 2008 (2007)||City|
UK Cities Monitor 2008: The best city by different criteria
|Factor||Number 1 City
|Best city for a new headquarters||Manchester
|Best city for a new back office function||Manchester
|Best city for a new call centre||Newcastle
||=2 Glasgow||=2 Leeds|
|Best city for hotel accommodation||London
|City doing the most to improve itself||Manchester
|City doing the most to promote itself||Manchester
|Best city for easy access to markets||London
|Best city for value for money office space||Leeds
|Best city for recruiting qualified staff||London
|Best city for cost of staff||Newcastle
|Best city for availability of office space||Birmingham
||=2 Leeds||=2 London|
|Best city for external transport links||London
|Best city for international transport links||London
|Best city for availability of financial incentives||London
|Best city for internal transport||London
|Best city for car parking||Manchester
|Best city for quality of life for employees||Edinburgh
|Best city for retail and leisure facilities||London
|Best city for freedom from pollution||Edinburgh
|City with the greenest reputation||Edinburgh
|Best city for a lively environment||London