Cov named one of top cities in UK to live and work

Coventry Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - By TOM DAVIS Lo­cal Democ­racy Re­porter

COVEN­TRY has been named as one of the top 10 cities to live and work in Bri­tain.

The city is placed eighth in the Good Growth for Cities In­dex, rank­ing it as the best place to live and work in the Mid­lands.

Coven­try scored highly in in­di­ca­tors in­clud­ing se­cure jobs in the city, good health, ad­e­quate in­come lev­els, busi­ness star­tups and wealth dis­tri­bu­tion.

Cllr Jim O’Boyle, Cab­i­net Mem­ber for Jobs and Re­gen­er­a­tion, said he is not sur­prised at Coven­try’s stand­ing.

He added: “Coven­try is the per­fect lo­ca­tion for busi­ness. It is a young city that prides it­self on cul­tural di­ver­sity and sup­port­ing in­no­va­tion and cre­ative tal­ent.

“We are just a short jour­ney from Lon­don and we have the in­fra­struc­ture and the build­ings ready to cater for in­ward in­vest­ment.

“We are City of Cul­ture in 2021 and our uni­ver­si­ties are go­ing from strength to strength. It doesn’t shock me when I read that the city is im­prov­ing.

“Most weeks I meet with lo­cal busi­nesses and em­ploy­ees, and see the drive and en­ergy that they bring to the city. It is a great place to live and to work, and visit.”

The study is car­ried out an­nu­ally by ac­coun­tancy firm Price­wa­ter­house­Coop­ers and think­tank Demos.

Ox­ford takes top spot, with Read­ing, Southamp­ton, Mil­ton Keynes and Bris­tol round­ing off the top five. Else­where, Pre­ston was ranked as the most im­proved city, while Mid­land neigh­bours Birm­ing­ham was named as the fifth most im­prov­ing city.

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