The administrative center of Lancashire, the city of Preston sits on the north bank of the Ribble River. With a population of around the 114,300 mark it became a city in 2002 making it England's 50th city in the 50th year of Queen Elizabeth II's reign. It does have hints of ancient Roman past and its name is derived from the Old English meaning "priest's settlement". Listed in the Domesday Book as "Prestune", it was a market town during the Middle Ages. Museum buffs will be happy to stroll around the collections on display at the Harris Museum & Art Gallery and there are plenty of walking and cycling paths running beside the river to get your daily exercise before you go to your coworking venue to get some work done.
Not a tech or startup hub, it is however a city where you will get to hang out with the locals for a drink and a chat. Preston sits in the fastest growing startup nation in Europe that has seen the biggest growth in the number of startups during the 2013-2017 period. The UK is seen as placing more emphasis on technology and as such, those who have no desire to hang out in smog filled mammoth cities are staying on their own home turf to get busy creating and founding new companies.
Living in Preston is the ideal setting for those who are into their own serendipity trips of creativity. Coworking venues appearing in its streets are now the de rigueur place to hang out in collaborative bliss with other likeminded souls.
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