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:
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?