Oxford Joins Key Cities Group

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The City of Oxford – one of the country’s leading knowledge economy cities - has joined the Key Cities Group.

The city joins fellow university city Cambridge as one of the latest members of Key Cities, and expands the group’s growing network around the country.

Key Cities is a group of 26 significant urban areas across England, including founder members Coventry, Derby, Preston, Sunderland and Wakefield. The group was formed in 2013 to act as a unified voice calling for clearer recognition for the important role cities can play in driving forward the British economy.

The addition of Oxford to the Key Cities group highlights the diversity of economic opportunities across England’s cities. While the group’s founding members successes have been built on their industrial heritage, Oxford has a strong and growing knowledge-based economy with great strengths in materials, biosciences and IT applications as well as traditional strengths in car manufacturing and advanced engineering.

Key Cities is pleased to welcome Oxford to the group and looks forward to working with the city to reinforce the message to government about the importance of backing success and greater devolution of powers to support economic growth.

Councillor Bob Price, Leader of Oxford City Council, said: “Our business community is diverse and highly dynamic. Companies in and around the city are  developing innovative products in manufacturing, the low carbon economy, and IT applications, and our research base in medicine, satellite technology and proton science will provide the next generation of world leading spin outs. The Oxford sub region is an essential component in the drive to rebalance the national economy. We believe that cities like ours must be at the heart of any strategy to build a more inclusive and prosperous country. We look forward to working with colleagues in the Key Cities Group to press government for the powers that will allow our cities to realise their full potential”.

Councillor Paul Watson, Leader of Sunderland City Council and Chair of the Key Cities Group, said: “I am delighted to welcome Oxford to the Key Cities Group. We are especially pleased to be joined by a city with a global reputation for academic excellence – which truly demonstrates the diverse opportunities that can be unlocked in our cities. We are looking forward to working with Oxford to take forward our case that city devolution can be an engine of national success.”

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