The UK’s largest regional cities, are nearly twice more likely than London to have produced an entrepreneur over the past 24 months.

We have mapped out the UK’s start-up landscape over the last two years and compared it to the population size of each city, providing a leaderboard of the most entrepreneurial cities in the nation. Now named Europe’s most entrepreneurial country, over 2,644,100 businesses have started in the UK within the last two years alone, according to data gathered from Companies House, with 2015 being a record year for start-up growth.

The research highlights interesting trends with key cities clearly ahead of the UK average and the nation’s capital.

For instance, the population of Liverpool is estimated at 440, 000. With 57, 323 new companies starting over the past 2 years. This results in an entrepreneurial population percentage of 16%. Birmingham’s entrepreneurial population percentage was 14.5% followed closely by Manchester at 14%.

These numbers are significantly higher than the UK average at 2% and the nation’s capital London, which holds an entrepreneurial population of just 7.5% by comparison.

As the largest broker of flexible workspace in the UK we are in a good position to take a market overview, and undoubtedly, we have seen a resurgence in demand from the regions in 2015. Enquiries for flexible workspace in the regions were nearly a quarter up on the previous year and a lot of this demand was driven by one to two desks enquiries, which is indicative of start-ups.

The strongest demand for space has come from the large cities outside of London where, proportionately-speaking, Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool and Edinburgh are outperforming the capital. SMEs are hungry for space in these regions but we are also seeing larger space requirements too, which means that corporates are setting up teams to cater for project work and serve the regional markets.

It is also interesting to note that while enquiries for flexible space were up 21 per cent for the UK in total and 39 per cent in the regions, the growth in non-flexible office enquiries was up only 15 per cent, which suggests that many of these firms want space to grow but are not ready to commit to leased offices as yet.

CityPopulationTotal Co. in 2 yearsEntrepreneurial Population Percentage
Liverpool440 00057, 32315.5%
Birmingham992 000289 19214.5%
Manchester420 000115 93214%
Brighton248 00039 4878%
Glasgow560 00087 1718%
London7 200 0001084 0417.5%
Nottingham285 000346016%
Leicester280 00032 0955.5%
Belfast280 00031 0385.5%
Coventry305 00032 6135.5%
Newcastle259 00027 2045.5%
Bristol380 00037 2825%
Cardiff310 00029 1784.5%
Edinburgh450 00035 7844%
Leeds720 00031 5942%
UK64 600 0002,644,1002%

By Tim Rodber, CEO, Instant Offices