When searching for an office in the UK for your startup, London might be the first and most obvious choice – but is it necessarily the best one for your business? If you’re keen to reap the benefits of being based in a bustling city centre, but want to forgo the increased competition, high costs and busy commutes that being in London brings with it, then the Welsh capital of Cardiff is a great alternative city to set up a business.
Since being crowned the capital of Wales in 1955, Cardiff has become one of the coolest places to live in Britain, with it being placed at number 7 on Condé Nast Traveller’s ranking of the best UK cities in 2020 – and this is due to factors such as its great restaurants, vibrant nightlife, and the friendliness of the locals. Cardiff is also a blossoming tech centre that attracts exciting new businesses and hungry young talent from all over the UK, making it an exciting place for modern companies to put down their roots.
However, if you need more convincing of why this small but mighty city is such a great place to live, work and play, check out our round-up of the top reasons why you should choose to set up your office in Cardiff below.
Thanks to its more compact size (being considerably smaller than other popular UK cities, such as London, Birmingham and Edinburgh), it’s extremely easy to get around Cardiff. Many of its key attractions are a short journey from each other (such as the main city centre and Cardiff Bay), plus there are regular bus and train services, and a total of 20 railway stations located in the city for those that don’t drive. There’s also plenty of cycle routes – in fact, Cardiff was named the best city for cyclists in a poll last year.
Based in South Wales, Cardiff is also a great commuter city if you do need to travel to London or other key towns and cities in the UK. It’s actually located on the M4 corridor, which connects the fellow Welsh city of Swansea to Cardiff, as well as Newport, Bristol, Bath, Reading, Swindon, London and other popular business and tech hubs.
Life is never boring in Cardiff, with it being famed for its fantastic choice of shops and attractions to visit, such as the Museum of Cardiff, Cardiff Castle and St Fagans – and this isn’t forgetting its many great restaurants, coffee shops, and cocktail bars! As well as all your favourite chains that you’d expect to see in the city, from Costa Coffee and Starbucks, to Bill’s and Miller and Carter, there are some great independent eateries dotted around the city too. So, whether your staff are looking for a place to grab lunch quickly, have after-work drinks together, or even hold a casual meeting, there’s plenty of options to choose from nearby.
For an urban city, Cardiff is surprisingly green – which is good news as living and working near parks and other green spaces have been proven to boost our health and happiness by giving us places to exercise and socialise in the fresh air. Not only that, but plants also reduce pollution. Sophia Gardens, Roath Park, Bute Park and Llandaff Fields are just some of the beautiful parks located in the city – there’s also the popular Cardiff Marina and Taff Trail which are perfect for your employees to take a casual stroll or run along during their lunch break.
Despite its relatively small size, there are a number of universities with campuses in the city of Cardiff, including Cardiff University, Cardiff Metropolitan University and the University of Wales – and around 70,000 students study at these institutions. With many individuals choosing to settle down in the town or city of their university after graduating, or even completing work placements at local companies alongside their studies, Wales’ capital city has plenty of hungry young talent to help you grow your business.
As a matter of fact, Meanwhile Creative reported last year that 48% of Cardiff’s population (69% of which are of working age) are qualified to NVQ4+. This is not only higher than the average for the rest of Wales (at 35.15%), but the rest of the UK (which is 38.4%). Cardiff was ranked 36 out of 90 cities in the Global Talent Competitiveness Index 2018.
Being just a short drive, train journey or cycle ride away from Cardiff’s city centre, our home of Tec Marina in Penarth is the perfect location for any startup that wants to experience any of the benefits of being a new business in Wales’ thriving, talent-filled capital city.
Located on the outskirts of Cardiff, next to the stunning Penarth Marina, Tec Marina offers great views, as well as fully furnished offices complete with 1Gb fibre-optic broadband and reliable IT support, rentable meeting rooms, an onsite gym, colourful kitchens fully stocked with all the tea and coffee your team could want, a spacious atrium, and a friendly reception team that are here to help you with anything you need.
Our building is also compliant with current COVID-19 guidelines to help keep our residents and visitors safe, has secure onsite bike racks, and is near a free public car park and Cogan railway station, making it extremely easy for commuters.
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