According to Informi, a website which gives advice on starting small businesses, Ipswich is the best place in the UK to start. Ipswich? Really? Don’t you need five-fingered hands to run a business? Just joking, any East Anglians reading my blog. Are there any? Anyhow, Dundee came second which is brilliant. Unlike Edinburgh, Dundee, UNESCO first UK ‘city of design’ in 2014, has my full unconditional affections as Yes City 2014. It deserves all the good news it gets.
There have already been a few good news stories about Dundee reported here recently. See:
Here’s a wee extract from the report explaining why Ipswich and Dundee topped the poll:
‘Ipswich came top of the list, due predominantly to low pollution levels, high levels of ultrafast broadband, and a low rate of business closures. Dundee’s second place was mainly due to a very low churn rate of businesses over the past three years, along with low property prices.’
I’d have thought Dundee’s universities (see the story above re innovation) might have put it above Ipswich. I never hear of the University of East Anglia doing much newsworthy. And is pollution bad in Dundee? Surely it’s too windy for it to linger long?