It’s time to swap Silicon Valley for the bonny hills of Scotland. From startups to big tech stalwarts, Edinburgh and Scotland is changing the game when it comes to technology in Britain. With investment deals into the UK from American tech giants increasing by 250% + in the last 7 years, the United Kingdom in general is ripe for technology company growth, and Edinburgh is at the forefront.
With an estimated 75 new companies launching every hour in the UK (yep, that’s more than one a minute) all the talk of economic slumps and Brexit woes, there’s still plenty of start-up optimism. But with so many new companies comes increased competition and crowded market spaces. London might have been the historic hub of all things tech, but the status quo seems to be shifting and some of the nearly 3 billion pounds of investments that London enjoyed in 2017 has moved north to Scotland.
Work Life Balance in Edinburgh
A 2018 study by the Royal Mail found that when it comes to quality of life, Edinburgh is leading the way. From education to earning potential and from access to green spaces to community support, the Scottish capital was ranked highest and fought off fierce competition from alternatives like London, Bristol and Leeds.
London residents might earn more on average, but the higher cost of living makes Edinburgh a very appealing alternative for new businesses and start-ups looking to enjoy a better work life balance and still benefit from the best investment opportunities.
Edinburgh’s infrastructure adds to the appeal, with great connectivity, excellent hotels like the business-ready Haymarket Hub and convenient public transport. But the closeness of both historical landmarks, and stunning natural diversity from mountains to lochs makes Edinburgh the place to be whether you’re here for a week or looking to relocate.
Photo credit to Paul Tomkins from www.visitscotland.com.
Great minds think Edinburgh
Edinburgh and Scotland is already well established on the technology scene with big names like SkyScanner, Rockstar North and Mashable calling it home. The city is a burgeoning scene for app developers and robotics experts, AR and VR as well as ground-breaking new mobile technology, data analytics, cloud computing and self-driving technology. Some of the global leaders in these industries as well as exciting newcomers are not only increasing investment in the city and the industry but attracting top talent.
According to the developer community, Stack Overflow, Edinburgh was the UK’s fastest growing tech hub in 2017, with more than seven developers per 100 people in the work force. Edinburgh now has more than 20,000 developers working in the city. Combine that with three great universities, tech companies have one of the best pools of tech-talent in the country.
Discover for yourself what makes Edinburgh the best place for tech investing, tech creating and tech starting in the UK. Haymarket Hub Hotel, the first smartphone hotel in Scotland where you can enjoy free smartphones, Wi-Fi hotspots and workstations, mobile charging units and USB charging sockets in its lobby, is well located to get a sense of the city’s atmosphere as well as easy to get to and from the big tech companies in the city and further afield.