British cities have experienced stronger economic improvement over the past decade than those in most other European countries, according to researchers at Glasgow University. Financial Times

They found Britain filled seven of the top 20 places in the European league of urban employment revival – thanks to the performances of London, Southampton, Derby, Sheffield, Liverpool, Coventry and Newcastle.

All suffered a loss of jobs between 1985 and 1995 but bounced back the following decade through the growth of services.