Countryside living is oxygen for tech start-ups
The beauty of being a tech entrepreneur is that you can set up your business anywhere.
A laptop, a decent broadband connection and a great idea may be all that is needed to get your start-up going.
Of course, other considerations may affect your choice of base in time: access to talent, networking opportunities and the location of your clients, to name but a few.
However the British tech map shows clusters springing up the length and breadth of the country, fed by universities and creative centres.
The Northern Powerhouse dreamt up by George Osborne would be a flight of fantasy if it were not for the technological revolution driving innovation in the Midlands, North West, North East and Yorkshire and Humberside.
And start-ups, by definition already starved of resources, are thriving on the oxygen of money saved on premises and hardware.
Staff can now follow their dream careers away from the big cities, as our report on the Lancashire tech scene shows.
One entrepreneur told us: “I’ve got the countryside right outside my window.”
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The industrial revolution attracted the masses to those cities, but the technological revolution is leading many of us away again.
The impact on our lives could be huge.
Women, still bearing the brunt of childcare despite efforts to equalise paternity and maternity rights, could be empowered to run businesses from home, while men could likewise find themselves more able to work remotely.
Can you imagine a future where no one commutes to the office?
It may not be as far off as you think.
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