They don’t look alike. Some are distinguished by their friendliness, others by their dynamism. But all of them, according to their inhabitants, offer an excellent balance between professional and family life.
Norwich, Liverpool, Birmingham, Brighton, Plymouth, Sheffield, Nottingham, Manchester, Southampton and Bristol: it is the top 10 British cities in which to live and work, according to a survey conducted by the occupational psychologists of the Oxford-based OPP design office. We detail 3 of them for you.
Norwich, the capital of Norfolk County, home to the excellent University of East Anglia, has a population of 134,000, breaking all records: 77% of respondents say they are satisfied with working there. “It is one of the few cities in the country that still retains a strong local identity and a strong sense of belonging,” said journalist Lauren Razavi, who herself lives in Norwich. “In the streets, people walk around and say hello, in bars the waiters remember what you are used to ordering and you know everything about the most interesting projects. The city is more affordable, funnier and more charming than London or Manchester,” she continues.
Manchester, with a population of 512,000, is itself ranked eighth, but for other reasons. The BBC and Media City headquarters, the city is recognized as a media hotspot: “There is a huge excitement and a lot of projects going on around Manchester right now,” says James Layfield, director of the Central Working Society also based in the city. “You really feel like you are in a city that is destined to shine all over the world, an atmosphere that generates an optimistic and motivated corporate culture.“
Nottingham, home to many creative companies, Birmingham, the youngest city in Europe, Liverpool, cosmopolitan and resolutely forward-looking, Brighton, a hub for digital start-ups, would be located alongside Manchester. While Southampton, Sheffield and Plymouth, according to testimonies published by The Guardian, have more in common with Norwich: residents develop a strong sense of community and are as committed to the diversity of activities that can be carried out there as to their quality of life. “I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else,” concludes photographer Amber McCarthy, who lives in Plymouth.