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The 2010s: A Decade In Business

In September, we looked back at the last decade and the key events that have shaped the 2010s – in the business world and beyond. We also did something else… crunched the numbers to find out where was the best place to start a business in the 2010s.

Where was the best place to start a business in the 2010s?

No, it's not London, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Newcastle... (the clue is in the picture)

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The summer of 2012 was ushered in with a four-day bank holiday weekend to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. But the nation was to be even more captivated in August. London became the first city to host the Olympic Games for the third time, and the hosts didn’t disappoint, finishing third in the overall medal table with 29 gold medals.

In the 2010s, it has often felt as if everything is up for grabs – from the future of capitalism to the future of the planet – and yet nothing has been decided.

Andy Beckett Author of Promised You a Miracle: Why 1980-82 Made Modern Britain

The EU Referendum result, declared the morning after Britons took to the polls in their thousands, dominated headlines not only during 2016 but in every year since. The markets didn’t respond well, however. London’s stock market plunged by more than 8% immediately with the pound falling to its lowest levels against the dollar since 1985.

2018: High Street struggles and Brexit deadlock

Carillion, the UK’s second-largest construction company, went into liquidation, and Brexit talks intensified. 

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