Centre for Cities

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The Centre for Cities is an independent, non-partisan charity and research organisation set up to further understanding on how and why economic growth in UK cities takes place and to produce research helping cities to achieve economic growth.

Set up in 2005 by Lord Sainsbury of Turville, Centre for Cities are "the first port of call for UK and international decision makers seeking to understand and improve UK cities' economic performance."[1]

Core Research Programme

The core research programme from 2014-2016 will focus on 'How different cities can drive jobs, growth and prosperity in the 21st Century.' This work will focus on 4 themes

1 ) Think Cities: a new campaign that encourages politicians to allow cities more control over their the decisions and money that shape their local economies in order to create a prosperous UK with a falling deficit, where people have better employment prospects, can enjoy higher living standards and can afford to rent or buy a home.
2) What are the drivers of local economic growth and how can different cities learn from success to more effectively support jobs and growth?
3) How are successful cities led, governed and financed?
4) 'How to deliver change': will explore the practical ways cities, businesses and national decision-makers implement policies in greater detail, using case-studies, examples, and lessons from UK and international cities.[1]

This research will develop a set of evidence-based policy proposals that will be fed into election manifestos and current debates about policy practice.


Party Conference Fringe Events

Labour 2014

  • 23rd September
Against a backdrop of slow growth, as budgets are shrinking and less money has to be spread further, is the divide between the north and the south, and the strongest and most vulnerable cities, getting wider? Does this matter? What should the policy response be for the cities with the strongest economies and the cities with weaker economies? Chaired by Alexandra Jones, speakers: Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP, Will Hutton, Principal of Hertford College, Oxford University and Chair of the Big Innovation Centre, John Longworth, Director General, British Chambers of Commerce and Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham.[2]

Conservative 2014

  • 30th September
The Coalition Government has taken steps towards empowering cities through the City Deals agenda, localism and Lord Heseltine’s Review. But what more must be done to ensure that cities can support their businesses to deliver the jobs that will drive the UK’s economic recovery? Chaired by Alexandra Jones, speakers: Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Digby Jones, Lord Jones of Birmingham and Cllr Andrew Geary, Leader, Milton Keynes Council.[3]

Lobbying firms


Board Members

Research Advisory Council



£1000-£10,000 - [Arts Council]] | Birmingham City Council | Brighton & Hove City Council | Coventry & Warwickshire | Local Enterprise Partnership | Coventry City Council | Derby City Council | Dorset Council | European Investment Bank | Greater London Authority | Hull City Council | KPMG | LGA | Milton Keynes Council | Northamptonshire | Oxford City Council | Portsmouth City Council | Preston City Council | Reading City Council | Reading UK CIC | Santander | Sunderland City Council | The Co-Operative Group | Wakefield Council | Wilmott Dixon
£10,001-£20,000 - Addleshaw Goddard | Leeds City Council | Capita
£30,001-£100,000 - ESRC | IBM | The Technology Strategy Board | Zurich
Above £100,000 - The Gatsby Foundation[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 About Centre for Cities, undated, accessed 7 October 2014
  2. Labour party conference Centre for Cities, accessed 7 October 2014
  3. Conservative party conference Centre for Cities, accessed 7 October 2014
  4. Register 1st September 2014 - 30th November 2014 APPC, accessed 23 February 2015
  5. Who funds us 2013 Centre for Cities, accessed 7 October 2014