1.    Transport Links and Accessibility

Nottingham is perfectly located in the heart of the country and has fantastic links to both the motorway and rail network with trains to London St Pancras in as little as 90 minutes. Not to mention the investment that has gone into Nottingham’s infrastructure welcoming an award-winning tram system helping staff access the workplace with ease. 

The city is also within a 4hour drive of 89% of the UK which is strategically important for businesses looking to access the market on a national scale. 

Offering daily flights to major European hubs is East Midlands Airport, the UK’s busiest pure cargo airport and hub for DHL and UPS. 

2.    Nottingham - A Hotspot for Tech Growth

A city thriving in the tech sector, a large tech talent pool and a strong tech ecosystem makes Nottingham a real hub for the creative and digital sector. 

The Creative Quarter is the home of all things tech and offers a range of services from co-working hubs and unique business spaces to independent restaurants and retailers. Nottingham also has a healthy, strong tech community and there are numerous tech events and meet ups across the city on a regular basis!

Companies looking to engage with our two universities can access a talent pool of 29,600 creative and digital students and can collaborate with their research and development centres of excellence.

To find out what tech events are taking place you can visit Tech Nottingham and Women In Tech. 

3.    Access to Talent

With not one but two award winning universities Nottingham is a highly skilled city and produces 60,000 students a year giving your business the ability to attract some serious talent. 

Nottingham Trent University was ranked the #1 University in 2017 by Times Higher Education whilst Nottingham Business School (part of NTU) has this year been shortlisted for Times Higher Education Business School of the Year. 

With the abundance of talent in Nottingham it isn’t surprising that 60% of the jobs are in knowledge intensive industries such as financial and business services, creative and digital, advanced manufacturing and life sciences. This figure is well above the UK average.

4.    Exciting Key Developments 

Nottingham is the fastest growing city in the East Midlands and is currently embarking on an intense period of economic regeneration, with the £250m Southern Gateway, £150m re-development of the Broadmarsh shopping centre and the highly anticipated Boots Island site development that is set to include a 5star hotel, retail space, homes and offices. 

In the city centre you can find Guildhall Place, 300,000 sq ft of unused space that could potentially see a four-star hotel and grade A offices. The Guildhall is steeped in history and is truly a unique building.

It’s clear that Nottingham is a city on the move and with prime headline rent for Grade A office space at £19.50 per sq ft it makes the city a prime destination to invest. 

You can view our current key sites in our Investment Opportunities brochure. 

5.    Home of Disruptive Thinkers

We like to think our creative and independent spirit comes from the many disruptive thinkers that once called Nottingham home, from the legendary tales of Robin Hood to one of the most influential writers of the 20th century – D.H Lawrence. 

Nottingham has always been a city that has a desire to drive change, did you  know that there has been many breakthrough discoveries here such as the MRI Scanner, Ibuprofen, HP Sauce and the invention of a machine that helped kick off the industrial revolution!

Fast forward many years, Nottingham is now proudly home to major brands such as Experian, Boots, Speedo, Capital One, Raleigh, TDX and UNiDAYS.

6.    Quality of Life

Not only is Nottingham a great place to invest or relocate your business to, our quality of life offering is second to none and you can enjoy city life at a fraction of the cost you would pay in London. 

When it comes to typical annual savings, Nottingham ranks number one with workers saving on average £6k more than those in London meaning you can really make the most of our forever growing food and drink scene, famous music venues, independent shops and world-class sporting events.

Putting the fun a side and looking at the important bits, house prices in Nottingham are significantly lower than the UK average at £136,266 whilst a one bedroom city centre apartments is just £571pcm – ranking Nottingham as one of the best places to live in the UK. 

7.    Culturally Rich City 

Nottingham is a culturally rich city with Robin Hood’s famous Sherwood forest a short drive away, the Peak District on our doorstep and plenty of festivals and activities to get involved in all year round. 

We are also a UNESCO City of Literature, Official Home of Sport, Greenest UK City and in the top 10 UK retail destinations!

8.    Higher Salaries than the National Average

Short but sweet: Nottingham offers competitive salaries, the average digital salary is £44,023, again above the UK average. 

9.    A Strong Business Ecosystem

Is your business just starting out or are you looking to expand and grow? 

Whatever your needs are, Nottingham has the right space for you in our variety of co-working spaces and tech hubs across the city and beyond. 

The Creative Quarter which has already been touched on, is Nottingham’s creative business district and is on hand to provide essential business support to independent entrepreneurs and businesses whether that’s start-ups or thriving SME’s. 

Accelerate Places also offers co-working space as well as introduction to a network of investors through one of the UK’s leading digital venture builders, Blenheim Chalcot. 

BioCity Nottingham is one of the UK’s largest bio-incubator facilities supports many businesses on the leading edge in life sciences. BioCity offers onsite support for businesses, with partners from legal firms to patenting experts. 

MediCity is a joint venture with BioCity and boots, it is a business incubator and offers the ideal environment for start-ups and established companies to develop, grow and even benefit from Boots expertise in the global healthcare sector. 

10.    Our Own Nottinghamshire Language, Mi Duck! 

Finally, we have our own distinct Nottingham dialect. Why don’t you see how many of the below phrases you can fathom?

Gerra moovonn
Gerritt dahnya
Its a bit black ovver Bill’s mother’s
Aya masht midduk?
Yo mukki bogga!

If you are completely baffled or perhaps entertained by our strange phrases and are intrigued to find out more, then please go ahead and read our “Beginner’s Guide to Nottingham Dialect”.

If you would like any information on investment opportunities in Nottingham then we’d love to hear from you, contact us now.




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