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Carlisle City Council Colin Glover

Carlisle aims to develop one of UK's fastest growing economies as it joins Key Cities group

Published on: Saturday 11th August 2018

Carlisle is aiming to develop one of the UK’s fastest growing economies as it links-up with an exclusive group of cities.

As a new member of the Key Cities alliance, the city’s council chief says it will be “placed in a shop window” on both a national and global platform.

Colin Glover said the initiative will both promote the city as a destination and propel its economic growth.

The city council leader said: “It’s about cities learning from each other and supporting each other.

“For us to be part of that group, and to be supported by significant cities that are already in the group, is a huge step forward for Carlisle.

“Rather than being a northern outpost it’s about being a destination, not just for visitors but for investment.

“People are taking Carlisle very seriously.”

Key Cities was established in 2013 with Wakefield, Coventry, Derby, Preston and Sunderland councils as founding members.

Now with more than 20 members, it aims to create vibrant cities which can compete across Europe and the globe for business and growth.

The Key Cities have some of the fastest growing local economies in the UK - something Mr Glover says Carlisle could also achieve.

“That is the clear ambition,” he said.

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