Believe in Gloucester

“Together these assets form an exceptionally powerful base for economic prosperity. Gloucestershire’s future economic prosperity must be seen as amongst the best in the UK.”

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Facts and Figures

Over £700 million of public and private sector funding has been invested into the city since 2005 in support of Gloucester’s regeneration programme.

Source: Gloucester Heritage Urban Regeneration Company, 2012

  • 9th fastest growing city in the UK – 1.1% annual growth (2010 population = 123,400; 2002 pop = 110,600 (12,800 increase))

Transport & Infrastructure

  • Ideal for M5, M4, M50
  • A catchment area of 8,400,000 people living within 90 minutes travel.
  • Gloucestershire Airport – commercial flights to Belfast, Isle of Man, Jersey
  • Birmingham Airport 68km
  • Bristol Airport 68km
  • Cardiff Airport 98km
  • Oxford Airport 64 km


  • 6th for the most patents granted per 100,000 residents in 2012 with 8.9. Innovation is a driver of long-run economic growth. Finding new or better ways of making goods or delivering services improves the performance of businesses which in turn increases the capacity of city economies.


  • 2nd for highest employment rate with 77.8% between Jul 2012 and Jun 2013 (Ranked 12th Jul 11 – Jun 12)
  • 2nd for highest employment rate percentage point change 2011-12 to 2012-13 of 4.41
  • 9th (out of 62 cities) for having the highest private sector jobs employed by a London headquartered business at 16.5%. Emphasising the importance of London on the city’s economy


  • 2nd (out of 63 cities) for the highest housing stock growth. (% change 2011-2012 = 1.1%; Housing stock 2012 = 53,300; housing stock 2011 = 52,700; change 2011 – 2012 = 600. Among the top-placed cities, only five (Swindon, Milton Keynes, Gloucester, London, Peterborough) have experienced housing supply growth in accordance to their population growth rate
  • 21st with 2.08% for the annual mean house price growth rate 2012-13 (Mean house price 2012 = £153,700; Mean house price 2013 = £156,900; growth in mean house prices 2012-13 = £3,200)


  • Gloucester is in the top ten of UK cities with the lowest emissions per capita.

Source: DECC 2012, CO2 emissions per capita, 2010 data. NOMIS 2012,Well-being

  • 4th for the largest life satisfaction increase between 2011-12 and 2012-13 by 4.4% (a measure of personal well-being)

Digital connectivity

  • Smaller cities tend to have higher high speed broadband penetration rates.
  • Cambridge, Grimsby, Oxford, Dundee and Gloucester (five of the smallest cities) are in the top 10.
  • 79% of Gloucester postcodes have access to Super Fast Broadband speeds (9th highest in the UK).

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