York wins European awards

Kersten England with the award

Kersten England with the award

First published in News

YORK has been ranked amongst the best small cities in Europe for its economic development.

City of York Council has picked up an award from the Financial Times FDI magazine, recognising the city's position in the top ten in Europe under two categories.

It is ranked ninth in the small European cities overall category and eighth in the small European cities FDI strategy category.

The rankings seek to recognise cities across the continent for their economic infrastructure and strategies, and York was praised for its investment and strategy for attracting foreign investment.

The report also acknowledged York’s economic infrastructure, business friendliness and economic potential, said a council spokeswoman.

She said the award demonstrated the city’s progress against York’s Economic Strategy, launched in 2012, which set out ambitions for the city to be a top ten European city by 2015, meaning the city has reached this milestone a year ahead of schedule.

Council leader James Alexander said receiving the award was hugely encouraging and showed that people were looking at York’s economic infrastructure as something to aspire to. "The fact that the city features in the alongside cities such as Utrecht and Grenoble is great," he said.

Chief executive Kersten England said:  "This is great news and is the result of the organisation working alongside partners with a planned approach to ensure the city remains a nationally competitive and becomes an internationally leading city economy.

"With this award we have achieved our goal of becoming a top ten European city by 2015, a year ahead of schedule."

Comments (11)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

3:53pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Alf Garnett says...

Oh dear, this just won't do at all. Aren't we supposed to believe that York has been crippled by James Alexander and Lendal Bridge ? The reality, as anyone who has been looking at national stats on these things knows full well is that York punches way over its weight for a city of its size. This despite having only one railway station, no tram network and an inadequate road infrastructure on the periphery. Well done all concerned. We now sit back and await the knock knock knockers.
Oh dear, this just won't do at all. Aren't we supposed to believe that York has been crippled by James Alexander and Lendal Bridge ? The reality, as anyone who has been looking at national stats on these things knows full well is that York punches way over its weight for a city of its size. This despite having only one railway station, no tram network and an inadequate road infrastructure on the periphery. Well done all concerned. We now sit back and await the knock knock knockers. Alf Garnett
  • Score: 33

3:59pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Archiebold the 1st says...

Alf Garnett wrote:
Oh dear, this just won't do at all. Aren't we supposed to believe that York has been crippled by James Alexander and Lendal Bridge ? The reality, as anyone who has been looking at national stats on these things knows full well is that York punches way over its weight for a city of its size. This despite having only one railway station, no tram network and an inadequate road infrastructure on the periphery. Well done all concerned. We now sit back and await the knock knock knockers.
i don’t think its based on bridge revenue... its based on the ability to rob tourists and we do that pretty well... after all its a historic city.We have a niche... its not based on railway or tram infrastructure. (Although York’s station used to be the biggest in England and has no need for another big station as you can walk the city in 30mins)

We may do well despite the obstacles that are put in the way by our believed council... But how long will it last if we continue to build mega stores out the outskirts???
[quote][p][bold]Alf Garnett[/bold] wrote: Oh dear, this just won't do at all. Aren't we supposed to believe that York has been crippled by James Alexander and Lendal Bridge ? The reality, as anyone who has been looking at national stats on these things knows full well is that York punches way over its weight for a city of its size. This despite having only one railway station, no tram network and an inadequate road infrastructure on the periphery. Well done all concerned. We now sit back and await the knock knock knockers.[/p][/quote]i don’t think its based on bridge revenue... its based on the ability to rob tourists and we do that pretty well... after all its a historic city.We have a niche... its not based on railway or tram infrastructure. (Although York’s station used to be the biggest in England and has no need for another big station as you can walk the city in 30mins) We may do well despite the obstacles that are put in the way by our believed council... But how long will it last if we continue to build mega stores out the outskirts??? Archiebold the 1st
  • Score: -25

5:48pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Garrowby Turnoff says...

Archiebold the 1st wrote:
Alf Garnett wrote:
Oh dear, this just won't do at all. Aren't we supposed to believe that York has been crippled by James Alexander and Lendal Bridge ? The reality, as anyone who has been looking at national stats on these things knows full well is that York punches way over its weight for a city of its size. This despite having only one railway station, no tram network and an inadequate road infrastructure on the periphery. Well done all concerned. We now sit back and await the knock knock knockers.
i don’t think its based on bridge revenue... its based on the ability to rob tourists and we do that pretty well... after all its a historic city.We have a niche... its not based on railway or tram infrastructure. (Although York’s station used to be the biggest in England and has no need for another big station as you can walk the city in 30mins)

We may do well despite the obstacles that are put in the way by our believed council... But how long will it last if we continue to build mega stores out the outskirts???
I just can't imagine a building the size of the new John Lewis, Next and M&S being acceptable structures in York city centre.

I know where Mrs Turnoff and I will be spending the few next shopping days after April 10th, and it won't be in 'expensive to park' town.
[quote][p][bold]Archiebold the 1st[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Alf Garnett[/bold] wrote: Oh dear, this just won't do at all. Aren't we supposed to believe that York has been crippled by James Alexander and Lendal Bridge ? The reality, as anyone who has been looking at national stats on these things knows full well is that York punches way over its weight for a city of its size. This despite having only one railway station, no tram network and an inadequate road infrastructure on the periphery. Well done all concerned. We now sit back and await the knock knock knockers.[/p][/quote]i don’t think its based on bridge revenue... its based on the ability to rob tourists and we do that pretty well... after all its a historic city.We have a niche... its not based on railway or tram infrastructure. (Although York’s station used to be the biggest in England and has no need for another big station as you can walk the city in 30mins) We may do well despite the obstacles that are put in the way by our believed council... But how long will it last if we continue to build mega stores out the outskirts???[/p][/quote]I just can't imagine a building the size of the new John Lewis, Next and M&S being acceptable structures in York city centre. I know where Mrs Turnoff and I will be spending the few next shopping days after April 10th, and it won't be in 'expensive to park' town. Garrowby Turnoff
  • Score: -24

5:54pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Romjim says...

As a relatively recent resident of York, I am amazed at the negative comments attached to any story - however good or bad it is.
People should recognise that York is a great City, has wonderful shopping facilities in the centre as well as access to big outlet stores for those who want to go to them and has a visionary council. Which is what this award is about.
Well done to all concerned - keep up the good work
As a relatively recent resident of York, I am amazed at the negative comments attached to any story - however good or bad it is. People should recognise that York is a great City, has wonderful shopping facilities in the centre as well as access to big outlet stores for those who want to go to them and has a visionary council. Which is what this award is about. Well done to all concerned - keep up the good work Romjim
  • Score: 33

7:28pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Bridehopper says...

Romjim wrote:
As a relatively recent resident of York, I am amazed at the negative comments attached to any story - however good or bad it is.
People should recognise that York is a great City, has wonderful shopping facilities in the centre as well as access to big outlet stores for those who want to go to them and has a visionary council. Which is what this award is about.
Well done to all concerned - keep up the good work
I would love to keep up the good work running a business from a vehicle but this non visionary council are making this ever more difficult closing roads and reducing city access times .. I can't wait for them to be voted out
[quote][p][bold]Romjim[/bold] wrote: As a relatively recent resident of York, I am amazed at the negative comments attached to any story - however good or bad it is. People should recognise that York is a great City, has wonderful shopping facilities in the centre as well as access to big outlet stores for those who want to go to them and has a visionary council. Which is what this award is about. Well done to all concerned - keep up the good work[/p][/quote]I would love to keep up the good work running a business from a vehicle but this non visionary council are making this ever more difficult closing roads and reducing city access times .. I can't wait for them to be voted out Bridehopper
  • Score: -28

10:16pm Thu 13 Mar 14

marvell says...

I bet thousands of tourists are really looking forward to coming to York to see how the Council are spending £500k ripping the history out of a lovely square and charging a £60 toll for crossing a bridge into the city !!
I bet thousands of tourists are really looking forward to coming to York to see how the Council are spending £500k ripping the history out of a lovely square and charging a £60 toll for crossing a bridge into the city !! marvell
  • Score: -50

7:40am Fri 14 Mar 14

imassey says...

Romjim wrote:
As a relatively recent resident of York, I am amazed at the negative comments attached to any story - however good or bad it is.
People should recognise that York is a great City, has wonderful shopping facilities in the centre as well as access to big outlet stores for those who want to go to them and has a visionary council. Which is what this award is about.
Well done to all concerned - keep up the good work
When I pointed out the negative comments attached to a seemingly innocuous story a couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine told me, "Most of the comments on the York Press would be negative if diamond encrusted golden eggs containing a voucher for a lifetimes supply of food, drink and gig tickets were falling from the skies into everyone's gardens..."

Sadly, that's just the way most people are around here.
[quote][p][bold]Romjim[/bold] wrote: As a relatively recent resident of York, I am amazed at the negative comments attached to any story - however good or bad it is. People should recognise that York is a great City, has wonderful shopping facilities in the centre as well as access to big outlet stores for those who want to go to them and has a visionary council. Which is what this award is about. Well done to all concerned - keep up the good work[/p][/quote]When I pointed out the negative comments attached to a seemingly innocuous story a couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine told me, "Most of the comments on the York Press would be negative if diamond encrusted golden eggs containing a voucher for a lifetimes supply of food, drink and gig tickets were falling from the skies into everyone's gardens..." Sadly, that's just the way most people are around here. imassey
  • Score: 0

8:58am Fri 14 Mar 14

TheTruthHurts says...

imassey wrote:
Romjim wrote:
As a relatively recent resident of York, I am amazed at the negative comments attached to any story - however good or bad it is.
People should recognise that York is a great City, has wonderful shopping facilities in the centre as well as access to big outlet stores for those who want to go to them and has a visionary council. Which is what this award is about.
Well done to all concerned - keep up the good work
When I pointed out the negative comments attached to a seemingly innocuous story a couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine told me, "Most of the comments on the York Press would be negative if diamond encrusted golden eggs containing a voucher for a lifetimes supply of food, drink and gig tickets were falling from the skies into everyone's gardens..."

Sadly, that's just the way most people are around here.
I have to disagree, There are plenty of positive comments, Also plenty of constructive criticism which is healthy in my opinion.

There are a few more one sided who comment but the stories would be much more boring without them :-)

And some of the stories are nigh on impossible to put a positive slant on....... but that is the news for for you. Even nationally there must be one good/positive story for every ten negative/bad stories.
[quote][p][bold]imassey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Romjim[/bold] wrote: As a relatively recent resident of York, I am amazed at the negative comments attached to any story - however good or bad it is. People should recognise that York is a great City, has wonderful shopping facilities in the centre as well as access to big outlet stores for those who want to go to them and has a visionary council. Which is what this award is about. Well done to all concerned - keep up the good work[/p][/quote]When I pointed out the negative comments attached to a seemingly innocuous story a couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine told me, "Most of the comments on the York Press would be negative if diamond encrusted golden eggs containing a voucher for a lifetimes supply of food, drink and gig tickets were falling from the skies into everyone's gardens..." Sadly, that's just the way most people are around here.[/p][/quote]I have to disagree, There are plenty of positive comments, Also plenty of constructive criticism which is healthy in my opinion. There are a few more one sided who comment but the stories would be much more boring without them :-) And some of the stories are nigh on impossible to put a positive slant on....... but that is the news for for you. Even nationally there must be one good/positive story for every ten negative/bad stories. TheTruthHurts
  • Score: 3

9:59am Fri 14 Mar 14

the original Homer says...

I admit to being a Council basher, but I will try to give an unbiased view.

As has been said, York has the advantage of being a medieval City, and that attracts tourists.

We are very good at attracting and looking after the visitors who come by coach and rail, and they form a huge part of the footfall, and probably the input to these awards.

We are bad a t looking after the "middle distance" tourists, who come in by car and battle our nonsense infrastructure.

We are also bad at looking after local residents, who have to put up with the Council's follies for no gain.

The Council don't get everything wrong, but ultimately they will be voted out, because winning awards and looking after some of the people is not enough (especially if they aren't the ones you need to vote for you at re-election time).

York is becoming a nice place to come to, but not as nice as it used to be to live in. Hopefully the next batch of Councillors will address that.
I admit to being a Council basher, but I will try to give an unbiased view. As has been said, York has the advantage of being a medieval City, and that attracts tourists. We are very good at attracting and looking after the visitors who come by coach and rail, and they form a huge part of the footfall, and probably the input to these awards. We are bad a t looking after the "middle distance" tourists, who come in by car and battle our nonsense infrastructure. We are also bad at looking after local residents, who have to put up with the Council's follies for no gain. The Council don't get everything wrong, but ultimately they will be voted out, because winning awards and looking after some of the people is not enough (especially if they aren't the ones you need to vote for you at re-election time). York is becoming a nice place to come to, but not as nice as it used to be to live in. Hopefully the next batch of Councillors will address that. the original Homer
  • Score: 8

10:52am Fri 14 Mar 14

Badgers Drift says...

York was praised for its investment and strategy for attracting foreign investment.

The report also acknowledged York’s economic infrastructure, business friendliness and economic potential, said a council spokeswoman.


'Foreign investment' - where is it ?

'Economic infrastructure' and 'economic potential' - say what ?

This award is not about what York is, it's about what the Council want it to be - it's a wannabe' award.

What a joke !
[quote] York was praised for its investment and strategy for attracting foreign investment. The report also acknowledged York’s economic infrastructure, business friendliness and economic potential, said a council spokeswoman. [/quote] 'Foreign investment' - where is it ? 'Economic infrastructure' and 'economic potential' - say what ? This award is not about what York is, it's about what the Council want it to be - it's a wannabe' award. What a joke ! Badgers Drift
  • Score: -64

10:57am Fri 14 Mar 14

Badgers Drift says...

Romjim wrote:
As a relatively recent resident of York, I am amazed at the negative comments attached to any story - however good or bad it is. People should recognise that York is a great City, has wonderful shopping facilities in the centre as well as access to big outlet stores for those who want to go to them and has a visionary council. Which is what this award is about. Well done to all concerned - keep up the good work
Those of us who have lived here decades, know how great York is. We also know how a group of interlopers are using it and destroying it with their corrupt political agenda.

York will be a lot better when the Council get rid of the current regime, who are riding on it's back, and ruining it in the process !
[quote][p][bold]Romjim[/bold] wrote: As a relatively recent resident of York, I am amazed at the negative comments attached to any story - however good or bad it is. People should recognise that York is a great City, has wonderful shopping facilities in the centre as well as access to big outlet stores for those who want to go to them and has a visionary council. Which is what this award is about. Well done to all concerned - keep up the good work[/p][/quote]Those of us who have lived here decades, know how great York is. We also know how a group of interlopers are using it and destroying it with their corrupt political agenda. York will be a lot better when the Council get rid of the current regime, who are riding on it's back, and ruining it in the process ! Badgers Drift
  • Score: -71

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree