Centre for Cities’ mission is to help UK cities realise their economic potential.
The UK’s economy is driven by the success of its cities, which generate opportunities and prosperity for people in all parts of the country.
Despite making up just 9% of UK landmass they account for 54% of the population, 60% of jobs and 62% of GVA.
Centre for Cities produces rigorous, data-driven research and policy ideas to help cities and Government address the challenges and opportunities they face – from boosting productivity and wages to preparing for the changing world of work.
It is also an invaluable source of free to use economic data on the UK’s largest urban areas.
The Centre works closely with urban leaders, Whitehall and business to ensure our work is relevant, accessible and of practical use to cities and policy makers. In partnership with LSE, it also runs the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth, which analyses which policies are most effective in supporting and increasing local economic growth.
The Centre was set up in 2005 by Lord Sainsbury of Turville as an independent, non-partisan research organisation.