Due to its location, sitting pretty close to London, and high new business survival rate, Reading has been a solid choice for startup businesses for a while now. It’s a fantastic pick if you still want to stay in the general area of the capital but can’t be bothered to put up with London’s high cost of living. Definitely a location worth bearing in mind!
Moving further up north, Leeds has long been seen as one of the top locations for new businesses. Not only does it have a disproportionately high new business survival rate, much like Reading, but it also topped Business Advice’s list for best startup cities last year. So, if you’re looking for a city that has plenty of hard data to back it up, then you can’t do much better than Leeds.
Bristol has always been seen as one of the south-west’s key hubs when it comes creativity and bright thinkers and we don’t think that’s going to change anytime soon. Like Brighton, the city also has a great culture and – compared to most of the UK’s other major cities – is affordable to live in. It’s definitely a place worth considering.
Cambridge is a bit of a no-duh city for new businesses for a number of reasons. The city has become one of the UK’s hotspots for startup businesses partially because it’s home to one of the country’s most prestigious universities. And why wouldn’t you want to start up your business in a city where you can easily snap up some of the UK’s brightest young minds?
Moving way, way, way up to the other end of our island, Edinburgh is another city with a lot of buzz when it comes to supporting UK startups. Additionally, it’s also got one of the UK’s highest proportions of qualified workers, which is pretty great. Basically, Edinburgh is a good choice if you’re looking for a huge, busy city but don’t really want to deal with London.
Another incredibly solid choice when it comes to the north of the UK, Liverpool has a lot going for it. Not only has it got a strong history with great UK startups, but it has also been named the UK’s leading location for new businesses by PeoplePerHour. A lot of this is due to the city’s low rents and affordable office space, which we must admit are pretty appealing features to new startup owners!
What, Milton Keynes? At first, this one might seem like an odd choice, but Milton Keynes is actually one of the UK’s fastest growing cities making it a fantastic location for your startup to takes its first baby steps. Like Reading and Brighton, it’s also located comfortably close to London, making it just that extra bit appealing!
For our final pick, we thought we’d return to the good ol’ south-west one last time. Exeter has been home to a slew of successful startups over the past few years and is a solid location choice if you want to go somewhere a little more under-the-radar. Like a lot of the places we’ve listed, it’s also just a generally great city (also being home to prestigious university) making it an appealing place to start your business’s journey.
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