Milton Keynes is the top city in the country for jobs growth for the sixth year running, according to a new report from Centre for Cities.
A total of 24,400 new jobs were created between 2004 and 2013 – a rise of 18.2 per cent.
The city is second in business for start-ups and for the first time appears in the top 10 for the number of patents registered a measure of “how innovative a place is”.
Milton Keynes Leader, Pete Marland: “This is excellent news and a testament to the talents of local businesses and employees.
“The city’s success is based on a track record of innovation and a strong entrepreneurial culture while at the same time delivering homes and jobs in a balanced way.
“What also makes Milton Keynes special is our geographical location and accessibility.
“It’s a city people want to work in and one that is increasingly attracting the high levels of skilled people that
companies need to develop and grow.
“This success is very welcome but he council will continue to focus strongly on a successful economy and delivery benefits to all of our citizens.”
Milton Keynes has seen the highest growth in jobs out of the biggest 63 towns and cities in the UK over the last decade.
During this time, the city’s population grew by 16.5 per cent.
Iain Stewart MP said today’s announcement was a “clear sign that we are one of the most successful cities in the UK”.
The MK South MP said: “Today the Prime Minister will be setting out how he is aiming to build a Britain with full employment.
“Milton Keynes is a fantastic example of how with innovation and a strong entrepreneurial spirit a city can enjoy real successes with job creation.”
He added: “We are city with a real can do attitude and we are attracting highly skilled individuals from across the country.
“I am extremely proud to represent such an ambitious city and I will continue to champion MK in every way I can.”