London continues to hold the top spot for financial and professional services when compared with other major cities, a report by the City of London Corporation has found. The research, which took 91 different metrics for success into account, found that, while other major centres may lead on some measures, London and the UK have the strongest overall competitive offering.

The report found London also consistently performs strongly across all key dimensions, including innovation, reach of financial activity, resilience and business infrastructure, talent and skills, and regulation. Other strong areas are tech and innovation in financial services, its legal framework and ability to set international standards, and being Europe’s leading destination for investment in financial services. See more: https://www.theglobalcity.uk/competitiveness

London received an overall competitiveness score of 62, followed by New York (54) and Singapore (53). The rankings were rounded out with Frankfurt (41), Hong Kong (40) and Tokyo (32).

The competitive strengths of London and the UK should mean that we are well placed to seize opportunities as we start a new trading chapter outside the European Union.

However, launching the report Policy Chair Catherine McGuiness rightly says that in order to do so, we need invest in infrastructure and skills across the country, and ensure our regulatory framework keeps pace with technological change and innovation. The UK must show “global leadership” as its takes over the G7 presidency and prepares for the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow.

The report also identified areas in which the UK’s financial centre could be improved.

It found London and the UK are lagging behind the US on the total number of listed foreign companies and Hong Kong for its increasing number of foreign IPOs. It also pointed out London and the UK have the slowest broadband speeds of all global financial centres.

It added that just one in five (20%) executive positions are held by women in financial services, lagging behind its global comparators. Achieving gender parity would help businesses tap unused customer potential.