Gloucester is a city in the west of England sitting near the Cotswolds known for its 11th Century Gloucester Cathedral (think Gothic and Romanesque architecture) plus the tomb of King Edward II. It's located in the Gloucestershire district lying close to the Welsh border on the banks of the River Severn. It's an old city dating back to 97AD when it was under the thumb of the Romans and the fight over it ensued from one king to another of various nationalities. The history buff will love its restored Victorian warehouses and the Mariners Chapel (for that little prayer for a successful startup). The National Waterways Museum shows the town's industrial past of canal boats and there are interactive displays for those that like to fiddle with stuff. There are plenty of other museums and quirky old stuff for the history buff to have wet panty moments. Gloucester's economy is mainly derived from service industries, but it does have a strong business and financial sector with a historically prominent aerospace industry. Coworking venues opening in its streets is one more step in the United Kingdom's quickly growing startup scene.
Gloucestershire is home to the campus of the University of the West of England plus numerous other educational institutions giving the city plenty of tech savvy youth meandering its streets and sometimes creating a bit of mayhem. Every 3rd year the "Three Choirs Festival" (from the 18th Century) is held, which is one of the oldest music festivals in the British Isles, plus it has a theatre and cultural venue to keep the artsy crowd happy.
The startup scene in the United Kingdom is said to be one of the fastest growing in the whole of Europe according to figures over the last 5 years when there has been 392,627 new tech startups launched in the country. The most growth showed up in the niche sectors of Internet, fintech and software. The UK has an attractive environment for tech businesses in that it offers great foundations and ecosystems for innovative minds to get their ideas off the ground. Coworking is but one more step in supporting intrepid brains where it's possible to connect and collaborate with likeminded souls.
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