Last month I wrote about the Deutsche Bank survey that ranked Edinburgh as one of the best places in the world in which to live. Today, to continue that theme, I have yet more evidence that suggests a move to Edinburgh would not just be good for your career, it would be a seriously good lifestyle choice.
Let’s start with the business stuff. Edinburgh is, as Deutsche Bank says, a very good place to live. However, lots of places are nice places to live – the far north west coast of Scotland for example, but your commute to work would be a touch longer than most people like. Edinburgh, on the other hand, is, as The Scotsman newspaper has just reported, “Scotland’s economic powerhouse.”
Research by the Federation of Small Businesses, which tends to number quite a lot of small construction and property firms amongst their members, shows that the Edinburgh Central Holyrood area is a veritable business dynamo, hosting 7,000 businesses, while neighbouring Edinburgh Pentland is home to the fastest-growing local business community in Scotland. Not only that, but overall the Scottish business communities that are growing faster than the rest are all located in three of the city’s parliamentary constituencies.
No worries then on the business front, but how about quality of life? The Deutsche Bank survey compared major cities across the world and I’m well aware that if you’re currently living in, say, Liverpool, Newcastle, Sheffield or Solihull, then Geneva, Hong Kong and New York are probably not on your radar, but if you are really looking for a career-enhancing move other places in the UK will definitely be under consideration. So why not investigate Edinburgh?
Two years ago, energy website Uswitch, ran a survey across the UK, which showed that Edinburgh is the best place in our country to live. As they reported, “Low crime rates, affordable living costs, high salaries and fast broadband propel Edinburgh up the charts to become the best place to live – taking over from Solihull.” Not only that, but this survey showed that Scotland as a whole had made the biggest gains in quality of life from their previous survey, with over half of our regions showing an increase, whereas 16 out of the 20 fastest declining regions (in terms of quality of life) were in England.
Bringing things up-to-date in 2017, Edinburgh continues to offer something new and different every year. From the café where Harry Potter was written to the enchanting story of Greyfriars Bobby, or from our thriving film and theatre scene to not one but two Unesco World Heritage Sites. Moreover, Edinburgh is the best Festival City in the world. Even if you don’t think you’ve a cultured bone in your body, I defy you not to enjoy the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe! And of course, there is only one way to find out, and that’s to come up here and experience it for yourself – even if it’s only just for a visit in the first instance. Thereafter, if you’re been inspired to make a more permanent move, I know someone (a few people actually!) who can help you get a really good job…
Chris Peace, MD, Peace Recruitment