Such stuff as dreams are made on (The Tempest)4th December 2013
New figures show that Southampton is the second highest ranking city in England for ‘good growth’, based on the “Good Growth Index 2013”, beaten only by Reading/Bracknell. The Good Growth Index (produced by PwC and think tank Demos) compared 39 UK cities, ranking them based upon a variety of criteria, including Gross Domestic Product (GDP), but also considering characteristics identified by the public and business as key to economic success and wellbeing, of jobs, health, income and skills. Above average cities for ‘good growth’ perform well on the job, income and skills measures in the report. Southampton showed the most improvement of any other city, between 2012 and 2013, featuring fourth overall within the UK (Aberdeen and Edinburgh ranked second and third) this year.
This is a rise of 10 ranking places since the 2012 survey, demonstrating the city’s commitment to growth and economic development opportunities. For more information see the "Good Growth for Cities" report here.