Brighton and Hove is the UK's most entrepreneurial city 2017
17th July 2017
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We already know how great the UK is for business, but which cities are leading the way when it comes to entrepreneurship? To find out, Instant Offices analysed vast amounts of Companies House data and compared population estimates with business growth. This helped them determine which UK city ranks high on their ‘Entrepreneurial Index’.

Surprisingly, London only turned up in 12th place, with Brighton taking the top spot for Most Entrepreneurial City in the UK.

Comparison: Cities Leading the Way

City  Total Co. Launched Feb-16   Total Co. Launched Feb-17   Entrepreneurial Index 
Brighton  15 710  15 734 11%
Manchester  24 476  32 934 11%
Nottingham  12 750  16 288 9%
Leicester  13 858  16 324 9%
Newcastle upon Tyne  10 720  12 848 8%
Coventry  12 532  14 664 8%
Birmingham  32 234  52 758 8%
Bristol  13 614  16 610 7%
Cardiff  10 568  12 694 7%
Edinburgh  15 450  16 432 6%
Glasgow  16 012  22 228 6%
London  228 796  312 794 6%
Liverpool  10 904  15 166 6%
Leeds  12 842  14 434 4%
Belfast  1 626  1 916 1%


John Williams, Head of Marketing at Instant Offices says “I can understand the appeal of Brighton and the south coast of England. It is a bit of an antidote to the hustle and bustle of the capital while possessing a strong, creative industry and really appealing to business owners and workers seeking a more relaxed alternative to London. We have seen record demand for office space in Brighton and also a large increase in the number of operators trying to set up space in the city to cater for its growing business community.”

This positive upward trajectory for startups in the UK shows no signs of slowing. According to a report by the Centre for Entrepreneurs, a record amount of businesses was launched in the UK in the last year.

With such a dynamic business environment, it’s no wonder the entrepreneurial spirit persists in the Brighton with its huge talent pool and a vibrant startup culture. To support this, there is a large flexible working scene in the city which makes it one of the largest co-working markets in the UK.

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