Business psychologists have declared Nottingham as one of the happiest cities to work in the UK. Employees say the city has good career opportunities and the right work-life balance.

The city ranked seventh best in a poll ran by OPP, with independent businesses and investment in the Creative Quarter being other reasons for the feel-good factor.

Creative Quarter Chief Executive Kathy McArdle said “I think this is partly down to the work-life balance that employees can create here – it’s so easy to get to the countryside, like the Peak district and rural Nottinghamshire for mountain walks at weekends.

“Working and being happy in a city is also about the after-work stuff too and the social life and buzz of Nottingham is second to none.”

It comes after Mansfield was announced as the third most satisfied town in the UK.

In an independent survey, 76% of people said that Nottingham was a happy city to work in, with references to independent businesses, takeaway choices and transport links being key to a strong working environment.

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STEPHANIE ROBERTSON, CREATIVE QUARTER Media Manager

Stephanie Robertson discusses what makes Nottingham a great working city.

However, some of the survey did mention how Notts relies heavily on student contributions to business, meaning that the city can become something of a “ghost town” during the summer and Christmas holidays.

Nottingham ranked higher than other major cities such as Bristol and Manchester, but were beaten to the top spot by Norwich.

TOP 10 HAPPIEST CITIES TO WORK IN THE UK

1st – Norwich
2nd – Liverpool
3rd – Birmingham
4th – Brighton
5th – Plymouth
6th – Sheffield
7th – Nottingham
8th – Manchester
9th – Southampton
10th – Bristol

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