Edinburgh has been named the top city in the UK for economic growth

Edinburgh has been named the top city in the UK for economic growth

Research published in the Vitality Index reveals the capital’s impressive business prospects for 2019

A new study examining the overall health of major UK towns and cities has ranked Edinburgh as the location with the best prospects for economic growth in 2019. This marks the first time a Scottish city has topped the poll.

This research comes from the Vitality Index, a set of data compiled by national property consultant Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH). The index takes various factors into account such as affluence, productivity, growth, entrepreneurialism, education and environment in order to provide a comprehensive analysis of how ‘healthy’ UK towns and cities are.


Edinburgh beats other key UK cities to win out for economic growth

According to the assessment, Edinburgh taking the top spot is a reflection of the significant and increasing demand for commercial and residential property in the city, as well as the capital’s positive forecast for a steady increase in jobs. This comes after recent data from Zoopla found Edinburgh to have the fastest growing property sales in the UK. Another 2018 study, commissioned by the Royal Mail, listed it as the UK’s most attractive city.

Other major cities to appear in the top ten include Cambridge and Manchester, while several key Scottish cities also fared well. While the third largest Scottish city Aberdeen failed to make the top ten, it did show a dramatic improvement in its rankings by jumping up 25 places from last year to number 16. This is perhaps due to recent recovery of the North Sea oil and gas industry.

Despite the fact that many of the high-ranking cities can be found in the South East of England, the 2019 Vitality Index marks an improvement for the Welsh capital Cardiff. The city features in the Index’s top ten for the first time, rising from number 18 to 9. This is due to consistent increases in house prices and a strong rate of job growth.

Another high-ranking city is Colchester, which has also reached the Index’s top ten for the first time. This is largely due to high rates of job growth and ambitious plans for the city’s future, which include a £3 billion transformation project.


The results of the 2019 Vitality Index reveal a promising future for the Scottish capital

Head of LSH’s office in Edinburgh, Ian Davidson, revealed his thoughts on the Index’s results. He comments:

“It’s no surprise that Edinburgh has topped the rankings this year. It is an educated and increasingly affluent city and has a thriving social scene.

“Access to substantial and diverse workforce underpins business success and expansion here, and supports the city’s wider growth. As such, demand for space is very high.”

Davidson continued that the lack of grade A supply in Edinburgh city centre was “great news for landlords” as it “fuels development in further property development and refurbishment.”

In short, it doesn’t look like growth and opportunity are going to fall anytime soon in the Scottish capital.

Senior analyst at LSH and author of the report, Izzy Watterson, reflected on the results in the context of the wider state of the UK in 2019, commenting:

“Understandably, Brexit is commanding the nation’s attention and there is a great deal of uncertainty as to how things will unfold.

“Consequentially, it is very reassuring to see that the economic health of the nation’s major towns and cities has improved since last year and the top ten locations should prove among the most economically-resilient locations of 2019.”

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