Businesses Increase Regional City Travel By As Much As 230% To Visit New Enterprise Hubs

Brighton has seen biggest growth in small business rail travel, followed by the likes of Swindon, Oxford, Peterborough and Northampton

Businesses Increase Regional City Travel By As Much As 230% To Visit New Enterprise Hubs

Business travel by small enterprises has increased by as much as 230% on rail routes to some cities outside of London, as a host of “new business hubs” emerge in some of the country’s more regional cities – according to a report by Trainline for Business.

Brighton, sometimes referred to as the ‘silicon beach’, is revealed as having seen the most significant growth (230%), followed by Swindon (183%), Oxford (182%), Peterborough (166%) and Northampton (130%).

Leamington Spa (121%) and Bristol (110%) have also witnessed a boom in small business rail travel, suggesting businesses are taking advantage of increased mobility and interconnectivity between locations, as well as lower costs.

Sophie Krishnan, general manager business and ancillary at Trainline, said:

“We’ve seen notable growth in small business travel nationally and some areas in particular are experiencing high levels of activity, pointing to the fact that more and more of these businesses are choosing to be based outside of London.”

Dr Alasdair Rae, senior lecturer in urban studies and planning at the University of Sheffield, said:

“With cheaper rents, quick access to the capital and highly skilled local labour markets, many small businesses appear to be taking advantage of towns and cities such as Brighton, Swindon, Oxford and Peterborough.

“Yes, the capital remains the brightest star in the UK economy, but there is a constellation of smaller towns and cities upon which our economy also depends.”

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