The Business of Cities Ltd is an intelligence and strategy firm based in London, that observes, comments, and reports on global trends and changes in cities, leadership, and development.

We provide intelligence, knowledge, analysis and insight on cities, regions, and business development worldwide. We work internationally with public and private sector leadership in more than 100 global cities, global firms, and inter-governmental organisations.

We help our clients to:

  • Understand the past, present and future success and failures of cities.
  • Organise their businesses to address the urban future.
  • Lead and promote their cities.
  • Advocate for cities from outside City Hall.

Up-coming events

AIPC Conference Boston

6th July 2015

Urban Sustainability R&D Congress 2015, Singapore

8th - 10th July 2015

Sao Paulo and Salvador

13th - 16th July 2015

The News

Monday 6th July 2015

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ULI City Density Report

The Business of Cities' Emily Moir and Greg Clark have published an important new report on city density on behalf of ULI. The paper breaks new ground in unpacking the different meanings and scales of density, and the opportunities for future densification in cities. To view report click here

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OECD leadership paper published

A new OECD paper on successful local economic leadership, co-authored by The Business of Cities' Greg Clark, Tim Moonen and Emily Moir and the OECD's Debra Mountford, was launched at Manchester Town Hall on June 25th at the 11th Annual OECD Forum. The paper features latest insights and case studies from ...

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2015 City Indexes report published

The Business of Cities and JLL have published their latest comprehensive review of city performance measures, covering 200 indexes, benchmarks and rankings. Click here to view the report

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Two recent Articles by Greg Clark

Greg Clark is recently quoted in the Manchester Evening News at MIPIM: 'Manchester is an emerging powerhouse city'.  He also features in The Guardian, assessing the evolution of cross-border branding in the Copenhagen-Malmö region.

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Oslo Business Region Benchmark Study publication

The Oslo Business Region has published a benchmark study prepared for it by The Business of Cities. The benchmarking exercise of Oslo's competitive performance feeds into the Region's forthcoming brand strategy. Click here to view

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World Cities and Nation States: Promoting a new deal for the 21st Century

Moscow Urban Forum has published new research by The Business of Cities on the dynamic relationships between world cities and their national governments. Entitled ‘World Cities and Nation States: Promoting a New Deal for the 21st Century’, this groundbreaking report sheds new light on the way political systems in 12 world ...

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Three new reports for the Global Cities Initiative

Working with guidance form our colleagues at Brookings and JP Morgan Chase we have prepared three new reports for the Global Cities Initiative, focussed on the 10 Traits of Global Fluency in 3 world class cities. Highlighted by Hong Kong's unique global roles, assets and strategic challenges the review of Hong ...

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