The first edition of a new quarterly innovation report was launched today, analysing the latest trends in cities across the UK.

The ‘City Innovation Brief’  was written by Urban Foresight for the Future Cities Catapult and summarises key developments and challenges from cities across the UK in the period July – September 2017. This includes where money is being invested and what future opportunities might look like within the advanced urban services sector.

The report collates insights across multiple themes including political, economic, environmental and societal. The result is a report that shines a light on what UK cities are doing, thinking and are concerned about.

Nicola Yates, Chief Executive Officer at Future Cities Catapult said:

“Managing the ongoing growth and complexity of our cities requires the very best of human ingenuity, and fortunately the UK has a wealth of innovative companies that can help. We call this the advanced urban services sector.

“In this and in future issues, our City Innovation Brief will show how cities across the UK are harnessing advanced urban services to help them become more productive, sustainable, inclusive, resilient, and more liveable.

“Through the latest sector trends and deep-dive insights from city officials we will share and champion best practice in the sector, providing opportunities for cities to learn from one and another.”

The report identifies £227 million of public sector contracts advertised related to advanced urban services, with 35% of tenders attributed to the digitalisation of services and 47% to intelligent systems.

David Beeton, CEO of Urban Foresight said:

“We are delighted to work with the Future Cities Catapult to produce this important report and I’m sure that it will prove to be a valuable source of insights for anyone working in this exciting sector.

The breadth of insights collected in the report demonstrates the scope of opportunities in the advanced urban services sector and the wide ranging expertise in the Urban Foresight team.”