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Edinburgh – why we love Auld Reekie

Edinburgh – why we love Auld Reekie

When you live in Edinburgh it’s always quite a mixed bag of emotions when the Fringe ends.  On one hand, the largest arts festival in the world just finished and the world-class entertainment with it.  On the other hand, I can once again walk down the Royal Mile without becoming more flyer than man.  As the city returns to normality it’s a good opportunity to reflect on what makes Edinburgh so unique.
First of all, Edinburgh is a fantastic place to live.  It was recently ranked second in the world for quality of life which, if you’ve spent any time here, is no great surprise.  It’s tough to beat walking through Princes Street Gardens on a sunny day with the castle towering over the city and the bustle of the trams and buses fading just out of earshot.  Sometimes Edinburgh feels more like a collection of villages than a city.  Walking through Grassmarket in the Old Town feels like an entirely different experience than wandering the Georgian streets of New Town or the anachronistic charm of Dean Village.  Not to mention the plethora of incredible coffee shops, bars and restaurants on offer.  Here in the office we’re all huge fans of bagels from the Bearded Baker, and after-work drinks at The Refinery are always very welcome. 
Secondly, Edinburgh is quickly becoming one of the best places to do business in the UK outside London.  Last year Edinburgh secured more investment than any other tech cluster outside London and the digital sector contributes £513 million to the economy every year.  It was also awarded Entrepreneurial City of the Year at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2016.  There’s a huge amount of support for new businesses in the form of Business GatewayCreative EdinburghScottish Business Mentoring and Scottish Enterprise, to name but a few.  There is also a fantastic network of organisations such as Coffee Connections (an excellent monthly networking event) and the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce, which puts on regular events for businesses in the city.
Edinburgh is a unique place for a number of reasons – the fact that every year it turns into a carnival for a month is just one of a long list.  It has the atmosphere of a place where things happen, where things are created and where innovation is the norm.  From a business perspective there’s nowhere quite like it.  On a personal level, there’s nowhere I’d rather be.  

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