Ten Reasons to Move Your Tech Start-up to Stoke-on-Trent

OK, so Stoke-on-Trent may be the World Capital of Ceramics but why would I want to move my tech or IT start-up there?”. Top Ten reasons, pop-pickers…

1.      Finance & Funding. Currently a plethora. Part of our offer is that we can help guide start-ups through the maze of funds out there: grants (through our friends at BES and the Staffordshire Business Innovation Centre); loans (Virgin Start-up Loans; the Michelin Fund, UK Steel Enterprise, and our own BCRS Stoke-on-Trent Business Loan Fund); and equity investments (linking into partners such as Mercia Technologies, Midven and others);

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2.      Mentoring. Our partners at Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce run one of the finest and most established mentoring programmes in the UK;

3.      Affordable enterprise space. The city council’s own enterprise centres offer easy-in, easy-out terms, often in quite quirky characterful locations;

4.      Digital connectivity. Great superfast broadband and 4G coverage;

5.      The presence of Staffordshire University at the heart of the city. Staffs Uni’s IT course is one of the most established and largest in the UK. Their recent alliance with Epic Games cemented their role as a leader in the field of IT entertainment;

6.      Location. Right at the heart of the UK, on the West Coast mainline and M6 motorway, and with 4 international airports within an hour;

7.      Outdoor lifestyle. Within easy reach of the Peak District National Park and Cannock Chase. And with a fantastic canal corridor winding through the city;

8.      Great networking opportunities. There are many like-minded companies here already and we can help link you in with some of these networks;

9.      Free Search Engine Optimisation and Growth Hacking advice for tech start-ups. Provided by the city council’s Business Growth team;

10.  The possibility of being in at the start of something new. There is a perceptible change happening in the city. Optimism, physical regeneration, a new sense of enterprise. The city is still inexpensive enough to pick up housing or commercial property at a snip, but you will need to move quickly.