Preston has topped a list of the most-improved cities in the UK for good economic growth. The Demos-PwC Good Growth for Cities 2018 index sees the Lancashire city at number one in the most improved city rankings since last year’s index, with other big improvers including Middlesbrough and Stockton. Oxford and Reading continue to lead the pack of highest-ranking UK cities for good growth, reflecting improvements particularly in income levels in the latest period. However, Southampton is gaining ground and beginning to close the gap between the top two cities and the rest of the index because of an increase in the number of new business start-ups in Southampton compared to last year’s report. ‘We are really pleased to see the results of this report highlight the great progress we have made, and are still making in Preston. ‘This success is based on practical policies to build wealth for the … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

Jamie Hailstone

Senior reporter – NewStart