Newcastle named UK’s smartest city in global Smart City Index

Climbing two places from last year to 21st, Newcastle has beaten both London and Manchester to the title of the UK’s smartest city.

The global Smart City Index measures how smart technology improves the lives of communities in an area, with Singapore ranked first this year, ahead of Zurich in second and Oslo in third.

The Smart City Index surveys approximately 120 residents from each city on how technology has improved their lives.

Other UK cities to make the list include London (22), Leeds (24), Manchester (26), and Glasgow (49).

Cllr Nick Forbes, leader of Newcastle City Council, said: ‘Our reliance on technology has never been greater as we can all attest to with our experiences from the Covid-19 pandemic.

‘Our city is home to some of world’s best and brightest organisations and businesses when it comes to pioneering technological research, and we are constantly striving to implement new technologies for the benefit of our residents.

‘It gives me enormous pride that what takes place in Newcastle is being recognised on a global scale, and to be the leading UK city is testament to the work that takes place within the city. By far the most pleasing element is that these rankings are compiled based on the feedback of residents, and it is brilliant to see people’s admiration for the progress being made in Newcastle.’

Jen Hartley, director of Invest Newcastle, added: ‘The international spotlight is really on Newcastle. This position is testament to our ability to compete on a world stage as a leading destination to live, work and invest.

‘Our smart city eco-system is not only critical to the future of our economy, but also making life more liveable for our residents. In recognition of our city’s strengths, we have seen an influx of digital and tech businesses relocating to the city – creating hundreds of valuable jobs and contributing to the growth of our economy. As the UK’s smartest city and with a fast-growing tech cluster I have no doubt that investor confidence will go from strength to strength.

‘We are renowned for our approach to public and private sector collaboration to help people live smarter and healthier and this accolade is testament to this work and its impact on local residents.’

In related news, Newstart reporter, Chloe Coules, caught up with CEO of Triodos Bank UK, Bevis Watts, on Finance Day at COP26 to reflect on the role of the financial sector in tackling the climate emergency.

Photo supplied by Newcastle City Council


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