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Partnerships

Partnerships are a vital part of our work to improve the performance of city and town economies.

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Why partner with us?

Partnerships are a vital part of our work to help the UK’s largest cities and towns improve their economies and the opportunities they offer to people. We actively look to partner with like-minded organisations to help us realise our goals by:

  • Undertaking original research and analysis
  • Offering presentations, workshops and insight
  • Facilitating events, including public debates and policy roundtables

Partnering with us offers the opportunity to be associated with our work. Centre for Cities acknowledges its partners through:

  • Corporate brand exposure in published collateral
  • Dissemination of publications in national and local press and media campaigns
  • Co-branded events

Our 2021 programme

Our programme reflects our ambitions for 2021, but we are always happy to discuss new ideas for working together with partners.

Every year, our work provides unrivalled insight into how cities and large towns across the UK work and what needs to be done to help them achieve their potential.

The Covid pandemic has added new challenges to the list of those already facing the UK’s urban areas. This year, we will focus on the impacts of the pandemic, what places need to help them recover and what this means for levelling up.

Tracking economic impacts and recovery

We will continue with and expand our existing data and analysis resources on the scale, impact and variation in the pandemic and its effects on cities and large towns around the country. Particular areas of interest include high streets and city centres, work and unemployment, and shifts between public and private transport.

Helping places to recover

Building on our successful programme with cities in 2020, we will add to our work on the tools that places need to help them recover economically. This will include a focus on job creation, on further education provision and take-up, and on green jobs.

The post-Covid city

Has city life been changed fundamentally by the pandemic? This area of our work will investigate the future of key aspects of city economies, including offices and commercial space, transportation, emissions, the future of density and agglomeration and the funding and financing of cities.

Levelling up the economy

Covid has made levelling up harder. This strand of our work will focus on the role for innovation and R&D in levelling up, how policy should be adapted for different types of places, and what the Spending Review should mean for investment in cities as well as issues such as housing, inclusive growth and social mobility.

Here are some of our recent partners. We are grateful for their support for events, research and longer-term partnerships.

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How are we funded?

Centre for Cities is an independent, non-partisan registered charity. Our work is made possible through the valuable support we receive from our funding partners, which include charitable foundations, cities and businesses.

High streets and city economies

Our recent research has explored how high streets relate to the city economy as a whole, and how policy should respond.

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Making the most of city leaders and metro mayors

Our work explores how and why leadership and devolution of powers can make a bigger difference to city economic growth.

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Recognition and funding transparency

Transparency and independence are integral to the Centre’s work. We always acknowledge partners in all associated materials for both research and events, as well as in our annual reports.

Centre for Cities endeavours to be as clear and transparent as possible when disclosing its funders by placing their brand on all associated material. We also produce annual sponsorship summaries which can be downloaded below:

2019 funders 2018 funders • 2017 funders • 2016 funders • 2015 funders • 2014 funders • 

2019 funding by sector