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Centre for Cities 2014: Gloucester ranked as a great place to live and do business

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 29, 2014

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Gloucester is one of the UK’s most thriving cities helping to drive the country’s economic recovery.

A report by economic think tank Centre for Cities placed Gloucester at the heart of the UK’s “sustained recovery”.

More people in Gloucester are now satisfied with their life, with employment rates higher than the year before.

And, with the population growing by 12,800 from 2002 to 2012 to 123,400, developers are increasingly choosing the city to build homes.

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Gloucester also ranked among the top 10 for innovations and enterprise and came top of the ladder for the South West.

A vibrant city has a strong community spirit, residents proud of where they come from, and businesses thriving the report said.

Centre for Cities 2014 report in full

Gloucester was ranked fourth for life satisfaction change in the report.

The Centre for Cities report shows 45 cities saw their measure of life satisfaction increase from 2011/12 to 2012/13.

Near the top of the list is Gloucester, with a rating of 7.6 last year compared with 7.3 in 2012.

Topping the table is Aldershot, followed by Ipswich and then Cambridge.

Emma Willis, clothing designer and bespoke shirt maker, loves it in Gloucester. Her factory near the Cathedral is a feature in the city centre, where she spends three days a week overseeing designs for her London store.

She praised the work of doctors and nurses at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital after her daughter Isadora Corfield, 16, had two operations there last week.

“They worked hard to make it an easier time for us,” she said.

“I was most impressed with the hospital. It was not depressing. We spent two nights in the children’s ward.

“The humour and relationship between the nurses, doctors and patients was excellent. It’s uplifting to know we have such a great service in Gloucester.”

Chris Atine, manager at bar and restaurant Cafe Rene, grew up in Longlevens and has worked in the city centre for 10 years.

He travelled around the country but home is always Gloucester.

Now living in Hucclecote, he could not be happier with life.

He said: “I am enjoying my time here and it is a fantastic place to grow up and, later, do business.

“I love this city. We have a lot of regulars and visitors from outside the city, especially when the rugby is on.

“Gloucester is a fantastic city. In terms of transport, it is really convenient and it is still small enough to have that community spirit.

“And it’s growing as well. We have such history here.”

Tony Farmer, chairman of Quedgeley Wanderers FC, said: “The atmosphere at our games is really good.

“We get a good following here, and there is a real community spirit.”

The Scottish city Dundee ranked at the bottom of the life satisfaction table, below Hastings in East Sussex, and near neighbour Worthing, West

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