The Guardian’s five top cities for business startups outside of the M25

Ovidiu Posirca 21/02/2018 | 14:21

With the UK recording 75 new launches of companies each hour, The Guardian has ranked the five top cities for business startups outside of the M25, the ring road outside of London.

According to the High Growth Small Business urban hub league table, three out of every five high-growth small businesses are located outside of London and the south-east of England.

Brighton is one of the best places in the UK to start a small business, according to new research from Informi, which reviewed 63 cities.

The city of Brighton and Hove has an 87 percent survival rate for small businesses, with employee numbers growing by 10 percent between 2012 and 2014.

Cambridge scores highly in opportunity, innovation and entrepreneurship. The most popular types of business are construction, manufacturing, tech, wholesale and retail distribution, and IT and telecoms.

Manchester is home to the largest tech cluster outside of London, and Leeds is still living up to its position as a key component in the northern powerhouse.

Moving on, Edinburgh was named the best city in the UK to launch a startup two years ago.

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