Leaving London for the low-priced property, clean air and a great education? Nottingham is the place for you.
Here in Nottingham, we have long been used to large corporates relocating here (Capital One and Reuters Hub to name just a couple of recent ones) as well as our well-known homegrown big hitters like Experian, Boots, and Speedo.
So why Nottingham?
Just as an aside, I am speaking from a position of experience. I was born and raised in Wimbledon, lived there until I was 19, chose Nottingham University to do my degree in Economics with a focus on Entrepreneurship, and loved the place so much that I stayed. So I've been a graduate here, I've raised my 3 sons who are all teenagers now and one has gone off to University himself.
West Bridgford has been a fabulous place to:
- Play Sports – National Watersports Centre, 3 health clubs, 5 tennis clubs, squash courts, a bowling green and a plethora of activities based around rowing and sailing on the River Trent for adults and kids alike
- Watch Sports – Trent Bridge Cricket Club, Nottingham Forest, Notts County, and the Watersports Centre again. We also have The Nottingham Tennis Open before Wimbledon each year too.
- Set up and run an independent business – we have the highest density of independent retailers, bars and restaurants outside London, which is great for consumers but also great to set up your own thing here and live the life of an entrepreneur, this place is really buzzy...
- Travel by public transport – we have the easiest to use, most comprehensive Bus & Tram Network outside London too... Very green aren't we?
- Educate your children – we have many excellent primary schools and three of the best senior schools in the country, all based in West Bridgford. We also have excellent public schools if you prefer.
- Buy a house – we may not be at the heights of capital growth that London has enjoyed (thank goodness!) but it's still been a great investment to buy property in West Bridgford over the years and that doesn't seem to show any signs of abating. In fact, one my favourite estate agents, Steve Parker, told me last week that they had had their best week in a long time, just one week after Brexit, which speaks volumes to me.
- Feed your family well – with our Farmers Market, a popular vegan restaurant and all the usual national chains and many great independent restaurants and coffee shops.
- Have fun – whether it's music venues, cocktails or coffee, run routes or restaurants – we have it all!
Personally I left London for a great job, a high standard of living and to avoid the daily grind of the tube into London (and, shucks, I stayed for love). But whatever reason you pick to Lexit, do consider Nottingham and its exciting opportunities, and feel free to get in touch if you think you may need any local info or a serviced apartment to call home while you look for your new, more permanent home.