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The UK Competitiveness Index 2016
1. This 2016 edition of the UK Competitiveness Index (UKCI) represents a benchmarking of the competitiveness of the UK’s localities, including its cities, and Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas and the equivalent city regions in the devolved regions of Wales and Scotland.
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This report represents the 2016 edition of the UK Competitiveness Index (UKCI), which was first introduced and published in 2000. The UKCI provides a benchmarking of the competitiveness of the UK’s localities 1 , and it has been designed to be an integrated measure of competitiveness focusing on both the development and sustainability of businesses and the economic welfare of individuals. In this respect, competitiveness is considered to consist of the capability of an economy to attract and maintain firms with stable or rising market shares in an activity, while maintaining stable or increasing standards of living for those who participate in it.
The above definition makes clear that competitiveness is not a zero-sum game, and does not rely on the shifting of a finite amount of resources from one place to another. Competitiveness involves the upgrading and economic development of all places together, rather than the improvement of one place at the expense of another. However, competitiveness does involve balancing the different types of advantages that one place may hold over another, i.e. the range of differing strengths that the socio-economic environment affords to a particular place compared to elsewhere.
This report publishes competitiveness indices that incorporate the most up-to-date data available in 2016, as well as an up-dated version of the indices presented in the 2013 report, which provides a means of comparison and an examination of the UK’s changing competitiveness landscape. The following sections of the report present an analysis of some of the key findings of the 2016 UKCI. For those readers interested in the score and rank of a particular locality or localities they may wish to refer directly to Appendix 1, which provides a ranked order list of all localities, and/or Appendix 2, which ranks localities within their relevant regional grouping.
The UK Competitiveness Index 2016 contains over 60 pages and is available for Download