Scotland’s capital city is the best place for tech companies looking to scale up, access funding, and do business, according to a new report examining the UK’s tech landscape.
Edinburgh tech companies responded with the highest approval rating in the UK when asked to assess how good their city was for ‘doing business’, using a combination of sub factors including access to finance and talent.
The government-backed report was conducted as part of The Tech Nation 2018 Report - an annual series that captures the strength, depth and breadth of digital tech activity in the UK which employs over one million people.
Edinburgh was also voted the world’s best city for millennials to move to earlier this year by Deustche Bank.
Tech Nation surveyed the UK Tech community on doing business, people, living and growth.
3,428 people responded to the survey, the majority of which were tech founders and people working in the tech sector.
Edinburgh’s tech community was more positive than anywhere else in the UK on opportunities to scale up locally, according to property firm JLL, who sponsored the report.
When comparing eight UK clusters, JLL’s analysis found that 87% of Edinburgh’s tech community rated the opportunities for high growth digital companies to scale up in Edinburgh as positive, followed by London (79%), Birmingham (71%) and Leeds (70%).
Craig Watson, director within JLL’s office agency team in Scotland, said “Edinburgh is clearly a great place to be for tech firms and very popular for millennials to move to. Aside from opportunities for growth, access to finance and getting down to business, there is also real value when it comes to the annual cost of running an office, especially when compared with other cities like Bristol or Birmingham.
“The key issue for Edinburgh is building new Grade A office stock and refurbishing existing stock quickly enough to meet this rapid growth. The future is certainly bright for Edinburgh as it transitions from a hub of finance, to one which also packs a mighty punch when it comes to producing some of the world’s most productive and profitable tech employers.”
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