Businesses all over the world are becoming more engaged with cities.
For many, cities are the growth markets that are home to the urban talent and consumers who buy their products, services, or experiences, or are employed in their competitive firms. For others, cities are the complex systems they run and manage, or places with high-performing assets to own and invest. The right cities also help companies achieve an innovation or brand edge, or are the customers to whom they sell their core services and expertise.
The metropolitan century calls for businesses to have decisive city strategies. We help guide global businesses and capital investors to do this.
We work with businesses and investors in a variety of sectors, including:
We provide companies with bespoke benchmarking services to help them assess the comparative performance of cities around the world. Our database of benchmarks and in-house data tracks city performance in more than 30 performance criteria, including growth trajectory, innovation and diversification, liveability, density, sustainability, governance, leadership and growth management. We go beyond the usual metrics to help companies make more informed long-term decisions. We also help businesses and investors to develop their own city benchmarking tools and to develop their own indexes for PR and client engagement purposes.
We provide neutral guidance to senior leaders as they scan the horizon of opportunities for their organisation, distil the key imperatives, develop scenarios, and appraise possible future approaches.
This support can include visits to your senior international decision-making teams to listen and assess the strategic dilemmas, develop options and alternatives, evaluate what is needed, create consensus, and design appropriate governance or delivery mechanisms where required. We provide many types of short-term and long-term support according to what is required.
We help businesses in many sectors to recognise the drivers that are shaping the success and risks for cities through more than one economic and political cycle. Through agenda-setting reports, keynote presentations and advisory processes, we distil the latest evidence of the complexity of global change. We pinpoint the ingredients and opportunities in cities that help businesses and investors achieve medium-term and long-term returns.
The industries for whom we have provided these headline trend perspectives include engineering, architecture, real estate, banking, asset management, creative arts, media, tourism and hospitality.
We draw on our knowledge and real-time insight of governance, institutional and spatial frameworks in more than 200 cities and regions, to help businesses assess the potential 'fit' of a city or group of cities as prospective partners, customers or investment locations. We pay close attention to changes in leadership and regulatory environment, performance trends, relationships with higher tiers of government, sector mix, and growth capacity. These insights provide our clients with an important additional lens to inform and support their business decisions.
We deliver a wide range of customised courses to global companies. These typically consist of 0.5 day up to 2 day formats, comprising bitesize presentations and deep dive workshops and case study scenarios, and are designed to equip and inspire staff to work more effectively with city decision-makers and with each other. We provide these services across all levels of experience within a firm, and topics span all the way from high level global city trends down to specific skills of stakeholder engagement, negotiation, pitching and alliance building.
We contributed to the UN-Habitat's handbook on City Finance and Investment
The Business of Cities: How Corporates and Capital are Re-Urbanising Our World is to be published in 2019 by Routledge. This book provides the first comprehensive account of how and why businesses are re-engaging with cities in the 21st centry. It features many detailed examples of how the world's top companies are practically adjusting to the opportunities and imperatives of global urbanisation.