Manchester leapfrogs Birmingham in UK business survey

Manchester has overtaken Birmingham in this year's UK Cities Monitor, the business survey of over 200 companies undertaken by property adviser Cushman & Wakefield.

The survey ranks the country's major cities against a number of criteria considered essential for good business. Although both are ranked behind London overall, Manchester and Birmingham are ranked higher than the capital on a number of factors. Liverpool was ranked ninth overall, one place higher than in 2006, and scored well on the availability of financial incentives and office space.

Manchester is seen to be best for a new headquarters building and also for a new back office function. Manchester can expect the biggest influx of companies over the next five years followed by Birmingham and Bristol. It is also the top rated city for the availability of office space and car parking, overtaking Birmingham this year on both counts.

Elaine Rossall, head of European business space research, Cushman & Wakefield said: "London is now essentially one of a small number of 'world cities'. Its sheer size and position as a global financial centre mean that it is always going to be the most recognised and successful business location in the UK. What is interesting therefore is to see which cities are jostling for position below it. Most of the cities in our ranking compete with each other to attract businesses from overseas and relocations of existing UK companies. They are increasingly recognising the need to promote their competitive advantages and to understand the complex ingredients of success to ensure that their location remains competitive."

UK Cities Monitor 2007: The best city in which to locate a business

Rank 2007 (2006)

City

1. (1)

London

2. (3)

Manchester

3. (2)

Birmingham

4. (5)

Bristol

5. (4)

Leeds

6. (7)

Glasgow

7. (8)

Newcastle

8. (11)

Edinburgh

9. (10)

Liverpool

10. (12)

Cardiff

11. (9)

Nottingham

12. (6)

Sheffield

13. (na)

Southampton

14. (13)

Reading

15. (14)

Belfast

UK Cities Monitor 2007: The best city by different criteria

City

Factor

Manchester

Best city for a new headquarters

Manchester

Best city for a new back office function

Glasgow

Best city for a new call centre

London

Best city for hotel accommodation

Manchester

City doing the most to improve itself

London

Best city for easy access to markets

London

Best city for recruiting qualified staff

Birmingham

Best city for external transport links

London

Best city for international transport links

Newcastle

Best city for cost of staff

London

Best city for availability of financial incentives

Nottingham

Best city for value for money office space

Manchester

Best city for availability of office space

London

Best city for internal transport

Manchester

Best city for car parking

Edinburgh

Best city for quality of life for employees

London

Best city for retail and leisure facilities

Edinburgh

Best city for freedom from pollution

London

Best city for a lively environment

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