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UK Competitiveness Index

Salford City docks from the river Irwell

ESRC-funded research by Professor Robert Huggins at Cardiff University developed the UK Competitiveness Index (UKCI) to measure how attractive different regions of the UK are to businesses and firms, the economic welfare of individuals and the value of business success for citizens. UKCI has been used by policymakers across the world and cited by 80 authorities in the UK alone.

The York Economic Partnership drew on the UKCI when they developed their 2011 economic strategy for York – with a goal of 1,000 new jobs and 75 new business start-ups each year by late 2015. The UK Commission for Employment and Skills used UKCI findings to inform its 2010 report Ambition 2020.