London and Manchester ranked best hubs for high growth small businesses
London and Manchester have been named as the best UK hubs for high-growth small businesses (HGSBs) in a new index published by Octopus Investments today.
The Urban Hub League Table has ranked the 32 towns and cities that are most HGSB -friendly using factors such as access to finance, talent and connectivity; the factors that small businesses often cite as the most important to them when scaling and growing.
With London ranked at the top spot, Manchester came second, followed by Cardiff and Edinburgh while Northern Ireland capital Belfast featured much further down the index at 21 due to poor demography and skills ranking.
According to the index, the Northern Powerhouse appears to be divided East to West in its support for HGSBs. Liverpool joined Manchester in the top five cities based on transport links, affordable location costs and strong job creation forecasts, yet Hull, Middlesbrough, York and Newcastle were ranked in the bottom 10.