TOWNS and cities in the North are making their mark, but have more to do to catch up with England's best performers, says a report.
The report, State Of The English Cities, is said to be the most comprehensive study ever undertaken of the country's cities and towns.
A group of city experts led by Prof Michael Parkinson compiled the independent report for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.
It looks at the performance of towns and cities, the challenges they face and their potential.
The report focuses on 56 major towns and cities, including Huddersfield.
It details how many towns and cities are developing qualities for successful economies, such as innovation, economic diversity, a skilled labour force and leadership capacity.
It says England's cities are better placed than at any time since the end of 19th century to help national growth.
Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott welcomed the findings, saying: "Our cities are very much back in business as successful places to live and work.
"Record investment, combined with sustained economic growth has created the conditions for our cities to flourish.
"People are returning to our towns and cities, which have more jobs, rising prosperity, better public services, and a cleaner, safer, greener environment."