PICTURESQUE Harrogate has been named one of the best place to work at home within the UK – with York and Darlington shut behind.
Identified for its charming parks and retailers, the Victorian spa city additionally boasts a extra fashionable attraction within the type of superfast 60Mbps broadband, making it ultimate for distant working.
Its place was additionally influenced by different components together with common property costs, low housebreaking charges, clear air, inexperienced areas, and constructive Ofsted rankings, based on Uswitch’s distant working index.
York was named the eighth finest place to work at home – with Darlington ending in a good twentieth place.
Additionally, within the High 100 rankings had been: South Tyneside (33); Hartlepool (34); Newcastle (55), Middlesbrough (64) and Sunderland (83).
Typically, the North fared nicely – particularly smaller cities and cities, in contrast with a number of the nation’s largest city sprawls reminiscent of London (88) and Manchester (100).
Mike Odysseas, managing director of Stockton-based Odyssey Programs, stated: “It’s no shock that so many locations within the North East and North Yorkshire seem on this index. Whenever you mix the advantages of excessive broadband speeds with dwelling in an ideal a part of the world, why wouldn’t you need to work at home if potential?”
As a lot as 98 p.c of the UK already has entry to superfast broadband and options can be found to enhance speeds in rural areas.
Mike added: “Enterprise can actually profit and it’s value noting issues are sometimes blamed on poor broadband speeds when it’s truly all the way down to poor gear, poor cabling, the unsuitable provider or an unsatisfactory arrange.
“Odyssey Programs has spent a few years extolling the advantages of dwelling working however sadly it has taken this pandemic to show that the know-how works and is ready to provide companies and workers alike better flexibility and price financial savings.
“Elevated acceptance of teleconferencing and teleworking additionally offers this area’s companies a aggressive edge over their counterparts in London and the South East, the place working prices are larger.”