Which is?statistically the best UK startup location?(1) Leeds Voted number one in the Market Inspector study, Leeds is home to more than 6,000 SMEs, employing over half the city?s workforce. It has a disproportionately high small business survival rate, with 41.7 per cent of ventures launched in 2010 remaining active by 2015. Moreover, companies in Leeds are best at scaling up. In the last three years, the city?s businesses have achieved 20 per cent growth in revenues and/or employees on average. Back in 2011, the Centre for Cities named Leeds as one of five UK “cities to watch”, and it is touted as one of the country?s most important hubs for fast-growing firms. (2) Bristol There were 2,600 startups launched in Bristol in 2015 as more people flocked to the city, attracted to its relatively affordable property prices. One of eight ?largest regional cities?, Bristol is a key location in the government?s Core Cities Group and its plan to boost economic growth in key UK regions. (3) Reading With a five-year new business survival rate of 46.1 per cent, and average weekly household incomes of ?486, Reading has become the centre for enterprise in Thames Valley and the South of England second only to London. Reading is a major retail centre, and home to the headquarters of several fast-growing British companies like Anesco and Hunstwood, as well as the UK offices of multinationals like ING Direct and natural gas giant BG Group. (4) Birmingham After London and Leeds, Birmingham is the largest city for employment in finance and business services. It has also seen a huge increase in the number of new businesses launched in recent years, with 7,060 launched in total in 2015. (5) Edinburgh Scotland?s capital city Edinburgh is said to have the strongest, most resilient economy of any UK destination outside of London. According to the study, it also has the highest proportion of highly-qualified workers ? some 43 per cent of Edinburgh?s population has a degree-level or professional qualification.
The best of the restHow did the remaining destinations rank amongst the top 30? Is yours the best UK startup location? Here they are in order.
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