Which is the 'region of the future'?
In a competition run by fDi (foreign direct investment) magazine, published by the Financial Times group, Scotland was named European "region of the future."
Hong Kong came top in Asia (Asian Cities of the Future 2007/08 )
Chicago, Juarez, Windsor and Zapata are the top cities in fDi’s North American Cities of the Future 2007/08 rankings. (North American Cities of the Future 2007/08)
South Africa came top in Africa ( African Countries of the Future 2007/08 )
Costa Rica came top in Central America. (Central American Countries of the Future 2007/08 )
Puerto Rico was top in the Caribbean (Caribbean Countries of the Future 2007/08 )
Scotland, now governed by the Scottish National Party, beat 38 other nations and regions in Europe. (Scotland named Europe's 'region of the future' - Scotsman.com Business).
The factors that helped Scotland to win were:
1. Recent economic performance
2. Human resources
3. IT and telecommunications provision
4. Transport links
5. Quality of life overall
6. FDI promotion strategy
7. Ambitious plans to develop the River Clyde, which are set to create 33,000 jobs.
8. Developments such as Edinburgh BioQuarter
9. The Seabraes Yard media park in Dundee, plus
10. Improved airline routes
Edinburgh was named as best "Small European City" in the poll.
Edinburgh, Glasgow and Scotland featured in the top ten "most business friendly" cities or regions in Europe.
FDi's judges were said to have been impressed with Scotland as a whole.
Weekly disposable incomes (Families struggle to pay bills as the basic cost of living rises 5 ...)
East of England £132
West midlands £130
East Midlands £120
North West £111
Yorkshire and the Humber £108
South west £107
North East £94
Northern Ireland £89