Best cities in the UK for startups


As the hub of the UK’s crude oil and energy market, Aberdeen is the ultimate location for start ups in the manufacturing, engineering and energy business. Entrepreneurs in Aberdeen have access to a number of grants and funding opportunities, and flexible workspace throughout the city centre. With Aberdeen Airport only a 15 drive from the centre, and lots of green space around the city, Aberdeen is the perfect startup hub in the North of Scotland.


Glasgow has changed dramatically over the last few years and has evolved into a thriving start up scene for digital tech, TV, film and entertainment. There is flexible office space at Creative Clyde, an area on the Clyde waterfront attracting creative entrepreneurs. Various grants are available for startups with less than 250 employees, including the Glasgow New Business Fund. With space available across the city, Glasgow now has a strong sense of community in the startup world.


London is the 7th most influential startup location in the world. Referred to as ‘Tech City’, London attracts entrepreneurs and businesses from all over the world. It is also the world’s 3rd largest startup scene, surpassed by San Francisco and New York.


With the largest economy outside London, it’s no wonder entrepreneurs are opting to start their business in Manchester. Attracting new business in technology and science, startups are taking advantage of new developments throughout the centre as well as shared spaces full of freelancers.


Edinburgh is one of the biggest start up hubs in the UK, with a close knit tech community and a cluster of coworking space in the city centre. The talent in Edinburgh surpasses its surrounding cities, and the University of Edinburgh is in the top 20 Universities in the world. There are many grants and funds aimed at startups, for instance the Small Business Loan Fund offers up to £2,500 interest-free loans to help startups get off the ground.

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