CITY COUNCIL leader Councillor Jon Collins picked up a prestigious award for Nottingham this week – when the city was named as a top ten ‘city of the future’.

Nottingham comes in at number six in a poll of European cities in fDi magazine’s Top 10 Mid-Sized European Cities of the Future 2016/17. Financial research placed Wroclaw in Poland in the top slot, with Edinburgh, Liverpool, Bilbao and Zurich close behind.  Nottingham sits above Cardiff, Malaga and Ostrava when it comes to the best ways for attracting investment to the city.

fDi Magazine is the flagship publication for the fDi Intelligence portfolio and is published by the Financial Times. fDi’s biennial league tables are a benchmark of the most attractive locations in Europe for future inward investment.

Cllr Collins was presented with a coveted award and certificate confirming Nottingham is a top city at a prestigious ceremony at MIPIM in Cannes on Tuesday.

It’s good news for Nottingham which won top ten accolades in 2012 and 2014 – including top mid-sized city for human capital and lifestyle.

The fDi’s latest research, which is produced every two years, shows that in terms of attracting investment, Nottingham is the one of the best mid-sized cities in Europe.

Cllr Collins said: “The fDi awards are a coveted event and Nottingham was delighted to be at the ceremony.

“Mayors, dignitaries and professionals from economic development organisations across Europe are present at the awards, so it is a fantastic springboard for boosting Nottingham’s profile and drawing attention to the great achievements of the city.

“It’s brilliant that Nottingham is ranked highly as a city with huge potential for development and investment.

“The analysis underlines the city’s capability as a high achieving city to invest in. It also provides corporate decision-makers with an up-to-date image of the ever-changing global investment map.”

There was good news in fDi’s research on regional LEPs and enterprise zones. D2N2, which covers Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire, was found to be the fourth best LEP in England in terms of its annual economic growth.