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.

The News

Tuesday 2nd June 2015


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

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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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The Business of Cities speech at University of Sao Paulo

Greg Clark gave a keynote speech at University of Sao Paulo Centre for Cities on the six new trends in the relationships between cities and business, emphasising the re-urbanisation of business, the growth in traded urban services, and the role of cities in business innovation. The audiences was 150 from ...

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