Warrington in top 10 of UK's 'cities'

Warrington in top 10 of UK's 'cities'

Warrington in top 10 of UK's 'cities'

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WARRINGTON has made it into the top 10 of the most successful ‘cities’ in the country.

The Centre for Cities has published its annual health check of UK cities today and puts Warrington as one of the few places to grow in the list.

Warrington is classed as a city in the report, which compares the 64 biggest places in the UK, due to its size.

Clr Terry O’Neill, leader of Warrington Borough Council, said: “Today’s report is very, very good news. Warrington continues to lead and set the pace for the north west region and indeed the rest of the UK.

“We have set in place a robust framework in order to protect, maintain and further grow the borough economy; Warrington Means Business.

“Last year alone we announced regeneration projects totalling more than £450 million in value of which over £210 million is committed and under way.

“Last week’s go-ahead for a £10 million University Technical College, to be built by the University of Chester, will strengthen, build and maintain our nuclear and engineering skills for the future and kick start the £190 million Stadium Quarter project.”

Steve Park, managing director, Warrington & Co., Warrington’s Partnership for growth, said: “The Warrington economy is consistently outperforming that of most of the UK. We are delighted that this is yet another endorsement of our economic strength.

“2014 is a very exciting year for the town. Plans continue to move forward at considerable pace in relation to the physical regeneration of the town centre.”

Warrington has jumped from 54th place in 2008-09, 25th (2009-2012) and is now ranked 10th (2009 -13).

This ranking is based on how Warrington has performed against the number of claimants to estimated changes in jobs; work-place weekly wages; the size of the business base and house values.

Warrington is ranked

  •  Fifth in the top 10 cities with the highest proportion of private sector employment - ratio of private sector to public sector employment
  •  Seventh highest in terms of both employment rates and private sector jobs growth. Warrington is placed even higher at 4th in terms of the ratio of private sector to public sector employment
  •  Tenth in terms of highest weekly earnings. Average earnings at £507 per week
  •  Tenth in terms of private and public sector jobs growth with a 2.7 per cent increase
  • The borough has the fourth highest jobs growth in the UK (at 4.5 per cent - only bettered by Edinburgh, Brighton and London).

Here is the top 10 in full:

London
Edinburgh
Birmingham
Manchester
Liverpool
Nottingham
Brighton
Aberdeen
Leeds
Warrington

And the bottom 10:

Hull
Mansfield
Southampton
Bradford
Doncaster
Blackpool
Northampton
Sheffield
Glasgow
Bristol.

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7:56am Mon 27 Jan 14

Freeborn John says...

Well if that's the bizarre, statistical alternate reality that the council lives in, it would explain some of their odd decisions!
Well if that's the bizarre, statistical alternate reality that the council lives in, it would explain some of their odd decisions! Freeborn John
  • Score: 4

8:29am Mon 27 Jan 14

MAD 4 IT says...

odds on FAVOURITES now to be the NEXT "CITY"
odds on FAVOURITES now to be the NEXT "CITY" MAD 4 IT
  • Score: 3

10:08am Mon 27 Jan 14

ctuk_WA3 says...

I wish I had an average salary
I wish I had an average salary ctuk_WA3
  • Score: 9

5:02pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Bewseylad says...

All those 100k plus Council salaries boost that average up. Most people I know are lucky to get above £7 per hr. Still if the statistics give business the confidence to locate in Warrington, bully for them
All those 100k plus Council salaries boost that average up. Most people I know are lucky to get above £7 per hr. Still if the statistics give business the confidence to locate in Warrington, bully for them Bewseylad
  • Score: 7

7:44pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Freeborn John says...

Bewseylad wrote:
All those 100k plus Council salaries boost that average up. Most people I know are lucky to get above £7 per hr. Still if the statistics give business the confidence to locate in Warrington, bully for them
Considering that Warrington is a hot bed of cheap European Union labour I really doubt that £500 a week average, on top of which, if businesses thought they'd have to pay top dollar they wouldn't come here like they are, that's for sure!
In my opinion this report has more to do with the upcoming local elections, the famous saying "You never had it so good" springs to mind.
[quote][p][bold]Bewseylad[/bold] wrote: All those 100k plus Council salaries boost that average up. Most people I know are lucky to get above £7 per hr. Still if the statistics give business the confidence to locate in Warrington, bully for them[/p][/quote]Considering that Warrington is a hot bed of cheap European Union labour I really doubt that £500 a week average, on top of which, if businesses thought they'd have to pay top dollar they wouldn't come here like they are, that's for sure! In my opinion this report has more to do with the upcoming local elections, the famous saying "You never had it so good" springs to mind. Freeborn John
  • Score: 3

5:12pm Tue 28 Jan 14

PadgatePaul says...

We'd be in the top 5 if we had weekly bin collections.
We'd be in the top 5 if we had weekly bin collections. PadgatePaul
  • Score: 10

8:18pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Freeborn John says...

PadgatePaul wrote:
We'd be in the top 5 if we had weekly bin collections.
Top 3 if we had buses after teatime on a Sunday!
[quote][p][bold]PadgatePaul[/bold] wrote: We'd be in the top 5 if we had weekly bin collections.[/p][/quote]Top 3 if we had buses after teatime on a Sunday! Freeborn John
  • Score: -2

9:48am Wed 29 Jan 14

Anna Fender says...

For a start Warrington is not a City, it's a town. Where's all the money for retraining, education ? You can hardly get on the computers in the Library's, the public transport is a joke leaving people stranded, the unemployment rate is sky high and everything is part time, temporary, agency, zero hour contracts. Someone is telling lies. Glorious Westy !
For a start Warrington is not a City, it's a town. Where's all the money for retraining, education ? You can hardly get on the computers in the Library's, the public transport is a joke leaving people stranded, the unemployment rate is sky high and everything is part time, temporary, agency, zero hour contracts. Someone is telling lies. Glorious Westy ! Anna Fender
  • Score: 7

6:41pm Fri 31 Jan 14

the equaliser says...

Of course the average weekly wage looks high - when you factor in all of the white collar salaries earned ( including god knows how many £100k + council salaries) its bound to lift the MEAN average. The MODAL average or MEDIAN average will I am sure look somewhat lower given the high number of minimum wage jobs in Warrington. I think Warrington has an income divide that is wider than most other cities - very few actually earn the 'average' - few earn considerably more any this is outweighed by most who earn considerably less.
Of course the average weekly wage looks high - when you factor in all of the white collar salaries earned ( including god knows how many £100k + council salaries) its bound to lift the MEAN average. The MODAL average or MEDIAN average will I am sure look somewhat lower given the high number of minimum wage jobs in Warrington. I think Warrington has an income divide that is wider than most other cities - very few actually earn the 'average' - few earn considerably more any this is outweighed by most who earn considerably less. the equaliser
  • Score: 3

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