Award-winning capital city

Award-winning Edinburgh is one of the fastest growing and most productive cities in the UK. It is the UK's most prosperous city outside London with an unrivalled quality of life. Listed below are some of the prestigious accolades that Scotland's capital city has picked up in recent years;

Edinburgh Awards

'Best British City' Telegraph Travel Awards (2017)

Best place to live in the UK - Hot Housing Index, Property Week (2017) 

9th in Europe - Dynamic Cities index, Savils Investment Management (2017)

3rd most creative city in the UK - CBRE's ‘Creative Regions’ Top 25 outside London (2017)

2nd in the world for Quality of Life - Deutsche Bank (2017)

UK’s ‘most walkable’ city - Living Streets (2017)

Best UK city for entrepreneurs to launch a start-up - Expert Market (2017)

4th for overall investment intensity -  JLL Investment Intensity Index; Global Top 30 (2017)

1st for hotel investment intensity - JLL Investment Intensity Index; Global Top 20 (2017)

2nd for cross-border investment intensity - JLL Investment Intensity Index; Global Top 12 (2017)

2nd for investment intensity in the retail sector - JLL Investment Intensity Index; Global Top 20 (2017)

1st FDI Strategy - Global Cities of the Future, Financial Times fDi Magazine (2016/17)

'Best Mid-sized City’, Business Friendliness - Financial Times fDi Magazine (2016/17)

Invest Edinburgh - Best in FDI (Europe) - Global Business Awards, The European magazine (2016/17)

Best European City for Technology Firms to Locate - European Business Magazine (2016/17)

Entrepreneurial City of the Year - Great British Entrepreneur Awards (2016)

6th Most Reputable City in the World - City RepTrak, Reputation Institute (2016)

One of the most sustainable cities on Earth (13th) - Sustainable Cities Index, Arcadis (2016) 

Top UK city to invest in student accommodation - Real Estate Agent, Chestertons (2016)

Most attractive British location for commercial property investment outside London – Morton Fraser (2016)

Highest in UK – 55% of the Edinburgh workforce has a degree level qualification or equivalent (2016)

'Best British City' Telegraph Travel Awards (2016)

UK’s top tourist spot - Pegasus Marine Finance (2016)

11th Friendliest city in the World – Conde Nast Traveller (2016)

UK’s largest ‘Gigabit City’ - Edinburgh is the UK’s largest Gigabit City (2016)

Culture capital of the UK  - Daily Record’s analysis of 10 of the UK’s major cities (2016)

2nd Highest density of millionaires in UK, 16th in Europe - WealthInsight and Spears magazine (2016)

Easiest city in the UK to travel within - ESP Group's easy travel index (2016)

1st in UK for Green Flag Parks - Edinburgh has more green flag parks than any other major UK city (2016)

'Best place to live in the UK' – Quality of Life Index, USwitch (2015)

Britain’s Brainiest City, BBC (2015)

1st in Scotland – Recycling Waste (April 2013 to March 2015)

2nd in Top 10 Travellers’ Choice destinations in the UK – The STYLIST (2015)

One of world’s top ten cities to visit - Wanderlust Reader’s Travel Awards, (2015)

4th most beautiful city in the world - Rough Guide readers (2015)

3rd safest city in the world - Post Office Travel Insurance (2015)

Best UK destination outside London - TripAdvisor reviewers (2015)

Best UK city - Over 50’s Standard of Living Index, (2015)

UK’s second favourite city – Conde Nast Traveller magazine (2015)

Best city in western and central Europe – PWC report on on-line travel reviews including TripAdvisor (2015)

FDI city of the Year - The European magazine (2015)


The list of awards, above, is based upon press releases and media reports. While every effort has been made to ensure a high degree of accuracy the authors can make no guarantees as to the accuracy of information quoted and interested parties should seek further independent clarification if further details are required.

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