Aberdeen is the best Scottish city to live and work in, according to a new report.
Published from STV News 18/11/2013
The Good Growth for Cities index, published on Monday, places the Granite City second overall in the UK, behind Reading and Bracknell.
Edinburgh, which came in third, was the only other Scottish city included.
The report authors said their ranking reflected metrics showing that Aberdeen is growing more successfully than almost every other British city, including London, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Prepared by PwC and think-tank Demos, the index recognises those cities which achieve both economic growth and quality of life. Jobs, health, income, skills, house prices and pollution are among the factors taken into consideration in drawing up the ratings.
Councillor Barney Crockett, leader of Aberdeen City Council, welcomed the findings.
He said: “The findings of this report are extremely welcome. Aberdeen topped the list of Scottish cities last year and outperformed many other UK cities. Aberdeen has continued to bloom and grow since then. It is becoming increasingly well-known as a fantastic place in which to invest, live, and visit. Our city is seen as a very attractive place, particularly among people from outwith the area, Scotland, and the UK.
“As well as a healthy jobs market and healthy business growth and start-up rates, we have a lovely beach in the middle of the city. We have beautiful buildings, a great cultural offering, fabulous sporting facilities, an exciting night-time economy and an outstanding environment with award-winning parks and the countryside on our doorstep.”
Councillor Crockett added: “Last year, Aberdeen was named the happiest city in the UK. It was also highlighted as having the fantastic growth prospects we are aiming for. The PwC Northern Lights report indicated that the city has the potential to create 120, 000 new jobs by 2022 in the energy industry. This is a city with fantastic opportunities and huge ambition.
“Aberdeen is a good size, it’s on a good scale in common with the other leading cities. It’s an attractive place to live, work, learn, visit, invest and do business. There’s something here for everyone and fantastic opportunities on offer.
“However, Aberdeen must continue to drive forward, to look for and seize new opportunities to help secure our future as a leading light and as a city that people want to visit and to invest in. Aberdeen City Council will continue working with our partners in all sectors to do that. Work on schemes such as the Aberdeen Hydrogen Project and renewables is a good example of how we are working to secure the city’s future at the forefront of the energy industry, while our Strategic Infrastructure Plan lays out our vision for the future growth and development of Aberdeen.”
Welcoming the report and Scotland’s stellar performance, Paul Brewer, PwC’s government and public sector leader in Scotland, said Scottish cities scored well in most key categories.
“Our cities all performed well in the economic measures of jobs, income and skills, as well as quality of life measure like transport infrastructure, environment and work-life balance, ” he said.
“Our research suggests that the public wants to live where people can combine opportunities to acquire jobs, skills and advancement with a good quality of life; our research also suggests that investment follows the same priorities, seeking skills, talent and infrastructure.
“Scotland is already one of the best performing regions outside London and whether it is Edinburgh’s financial services sector, Aberdeen’s oil and gas industry or Glasgow’s broader industrial base that supports half a million jobs; Scotland is delivering good growth for citizens and investors alike.”