While most policymakers can name the nine largest English cities, few could also identify all the other English cities with more than 250,000 residents. In fact there are 26 of them and together they represent 14 per cent of England’s economy, in terms of both GVA and total population. This means that in simple comparison terms their collective economies are a similar size to all the Core Cities combined, and almost as large as that of London:
This report investigates the shared and differing economic characteristics across this group of cities, and looks at what they can offer the UK as a whole and the advantages of closer collaboration.
This report was supported by Coventry, Derby, Preston and Sunderland City Councils.