Stockport has risen 23 places in this year’s Sustainable Growth Index, compiled by business advisory firm Grant Thornton, placing the borough in the top 30% of UK local authorities.

While the league table’s top places were dominated by areas in the South of England, Stockport was one of only four authorities in the North West to score above the national average, alongside Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester, and Trafford. Cambridge, Westminster and Camden were the authorities at the top of the Sustainable Growth Index.