About Key Cities


Key Cities: the network that speaks for urban UK.

Key Cities is a diverse, national network covering almost half the UK's urban areas. More than any other network it represents urban living in the UK, with the range, expertise and agility to deliver innovative solutions for the challenges we face. Key Cities are significant urban entities with integrated municipal government in close touch with the lived experience of their populations. For Key Cities, platforming and connecting the diverse voices of urban UK is central to unlocking successful devolution and a productive, balanced economy for all parts of the country. Our members represent all of the major political parties and places across England and Wales. 

Key Cities is actively championing for the future of urban centres. The network produces ideas, research and engagement to drive prosperity and a good standard of living and environment for all. We want a country where no place is left behind and every family and person has opportunities for a better life. We also believe everyone in our places has a voice, and we act to make sure that voice is listened to.

What we offer Britain:

Key Cities are uniquely positioned to form the 'engine room' for the UK's economic post-Covid recovery. Our members are some of the UK's fastest growing local economies, whose nimble size and governance are ideal for scalable innovation. We can find solutions to urban challenges and provide a clear voice for people, organisations and businesses across urban Britain. We can help Government deliver on its policy aims, and as a network we are central to the levelling up and devolution agendas. 

Key Cities members are:

  • Some of the fastest growing local economies in the UK.
  • Places with major strengths in both manufacturing and exports.
  • Five of the top ten goods-exporting cities in the UK.
  • Home to over 250,000 manufacturing jobs.
  • The right size for growth – with available land to expand.
  • Ideal test beds for economic and social innovation.

Through partnership with central government, business and each other, we are working to deliver:

  • Higher Productivity
  • Stronger Growth
  • Higher employment in better paid, more secure jobs
  • A more inclusive economy
  • Engagement with people who feel economically and politically excluded
  • Regenerated and sustainable cities with more affordable housing
  • A better leisure and culture offer for everyone

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