The 7 best tech hubs outside London

Innovation doesn't just centre around Silicon Roundabout, there are also of tech entrepreneurs setting up shop outside the capital.

by Rachel Savage

Londoners may drive themselves in circles around Silicon Roundabout, but cities outside the capital have been not-so-quietly establishing themselves as tech hubs. In approximate south-north order, these are the UK’s burgeoning startup centres, using Startup Britain data on the number of businesses founded in 2013:

1. Brighton

Number of businesses set up in 2013: 7,499
Where to hang out: Wired Sussex’s incubator FuseBox24, The Happy Startup School’s meet-ups
Best startups: Social media monitoring and analytics firm Brandwatch, online accounting company Crunch, game developer Studio Gobo, retail loyalty app Tagpoints

There’s something in the sea air: Brighton is bursting at the seams with creative companies and tech startups. A recent report by tech and media group Wired Sussex found the average digital company in the area is growing by more than 14% a year. With the country’s first Green MP, the notoriously liberal town, only a short train ride away from London, likes to make a difference. The Happy Startup School wants to help startups measure their success in happiness and organises events – mindfulness for entrepreneurs anyone?

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