Quality of Life
Nottingham is enjoying a growing reputation as a great place to live with a large variety of prospering residential areas, excellent educational facilities and a thriving economy.
Education plays a big part in attracting people to Nottingham. With two world-renowned universities, the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University, and schools improving faster than the national average, Nottingham is a great place for young minds to gain a top quality education. The Government is investing over £135 million in the cities schools meaning the standard of education in Nottingham is due rise considerably over the next 10-15 years.
The city is ranked fifth in the UK retail standings with a number of top quality high street names and independent boutiques. The city is home to world-renowned fashion designer Paul Smith, who has his flagship store located here, and top fashion names such as Vivienne Westwood, Hugo Boss, Ted Baker and Diesel have also opened stores. Nottingham has two large shopping centres, Victoria Centre and Broadmarsh (soon to be revamped with a £700 million investment) which gives shoppers a large choice of shops under one roof.
Nottingham also has a variety of theatres, art galleries, bars and restaurants. The Theatre Royal and the Royal Concert Hall plays host to a large number of big productions and theatres such as the Lace Market Theatre are home to smaller independent performances. The Nottingham Contemporary opened in 2009 and along with the Lakeside Arts Centre and the New Art Exchange will further enhance Nottingham's artistic reputation. The city has more restaurants per square mile than anywhere else in the UK, providing a large variety of domestic and international cuisine to satisfy any palette.
Nottingham also has a rich sporting heritage with two professional football clubs, a global test cricket venue and the National Water Sports Centre based within the city limits. Trent Bridge Cricket Ground regularly hosts England matches including one of the Ashes test matches. There are also a large number of leisure centres and sporting facilities, allowing residents to easily participate in the sport of their choice.
The cost of living is considerably less compared to other cities in the UK meaning that your workforce can live in trendy and prosperous areas of the city for a fraction of a cost of living in the equivalent areas in London and other major cities.