5 February 2021/ Area guides

Office leasing guide: Nottingham

Offices to rent in Nottingham

Nottingham is a gem in the Midlands crown. It is a thriving city, full of opportunities, and is known as the birthplace of inventions including ibuprofen, traffic lights and the MRI scanner. As the home of Robin Hood, England’s oldest pub and a labyrinth of caves, Nottingham and the surrounding area is also on the cultural map and known to attract over 35 million visitors each year. Its popularity sees it benefitting from the sixth highest tourist spend in the UK.

As well as being a cultural hotspot, Nottingham is a vibrant place to call home. It has a population of 332,900 and growing, with immigration a key reason for its growth. Nottingham is also a relatively young city. Over 29% of the population are aged between 18 and 29, and full-time university students make up more than 12% of the entire population.

The two universities in Nottingham supply the city with over 60,000 students. The University of Nottingham has around 34,000 students, while Nottingham Trent has around 30,000 students. Not only do the tens of thousands of students create a huge talent pool for businesses in the city to select from, they also provide a significant boost for the economy. International students from over 137 countries are believed to contribute £145 million to the local economy, and 5,000 students and 500 staff also designate more than 100,000 hours to volunteering in the city.

Although Nottingham has a relatively small population compared to other giants like Birmingham, London and Manchester, the entire urban area has the 9th highest population in the UK with over 700,000 residents. Small businesses based in the outskirts of the city have the potential to attract high levels of customers, and, with excellent connections, it is a great base for large firms needing to travel across the country, too.

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Notable business areas in Nottingham

For businesses wanting a slice of Nottingham’s cosmopolitan action, the Lace Market is the place to be. What was once the beating heart of the British lace industry is now a lively part of Nottingham’s city. Converted Victorian industrial buildings house creative agencies, bars, restaurants and boutique shops, making it a buzzing place for young businesses.

West Bridgford, just to the south of the centre, is another popular business hotspot. The area is generally residential but there are some upmarket bars and restaurants. Here, you’ll find offices that are more likely to have parking, which may suit you if your employees need to travel by car to work. West Bridgford is just two miles from the city centre, so you will still be able to boast a Nottingham location.

Those willing to wait before moving their business to Nottingham could hold out for a spot near the new Boots Island regeneration site. The 40-acre brownfield site, behind BBC Nottingham, is being transformed into a new quarter with a proposed five-star hotel, offices, residential buildings and a public square. Near the train station, it is set to become a prime location. New sites are also in development around the Lenton area, to the west of the city.

Nottingham has great transport links

Nottingham has lots of rail links

With a central UK location, it is easy to get around the country by train from Nottingham. It takes under two hours to reach London, Leeds and Manchester. And it is even easier to reach Birmingham, which is just one hour and 15 minutes away, and Sheffield, which is only an hour away by train.

You’ll find Nottingham Train Station just south of the city centre and within walking distance. The area around the station is undergoing significant regeneration, and it already has inviting cafes, restaurants and bars – ideal for after-work drinks before everyone gets the train home.

Nottingham has a convenient tram network

The National Express Transit (NET) is a popular way to get around. The trams run every seven minutes, offering fast connections across the city along its 32-kilometre route. They also serve seven park and rides that have 5,000 free parking spaces, making them ideal for those travelling into the city for work. Cycle parks at various stops on the tram network also support those who do not drive.

Nottingham has an award-winning bus network

It is the only city to have been awarded the UK Bus Operator of the Year five times. Expect fast and reliable services across the sprawling city and surrounding areas. The pre-paid travel card lets you make unlimited journeys for five days for just £18.90.

The M1 is close to Nottingham

Head west out of the city and you can quickly join the M1, which will take you up to Leeds and down to London. Join the A46 to the east for fast links over to Lincoln and down to Leicester. The A46 also connects to the A1, which goes all the way up to Edinburgh, past Newcastle-upon-Tyne. If you need to get to Birmingham, head south to join the M1 and then join the A42. It will take just over an hour to reach the city.

Nottingham is within an hour of two airports

East Midlands Airport is the closest airport at just over 11 miles away. It is a fairly small airport, but there are flights to a number of European destinations including Dubrovnik, Geneva and Rome. You can even fly to New York from East Midlands. The airport is ideal for quick links to destinations closer to home such as Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dublin, Guernsey and Jersey.

For flights to destinations further afield, you can travel to Birmingham Airport in around an hour, though it can take much longer when the roads are busy. This is a large airport, serving 18 million passengers a year.

Offices to let in Nottingham

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There are lots of handy business amenities in Nottingham

Nottingham’s hotels offer a peaceful stay

You can find hotel rooms to suit any budget in Nottingham. For overnight stays that won’t break the bank, opt for the Mercure, Crowne Plaza, Park Plaza or the Hilton, where rooms start at around the £50 mark. These hotels are dotted across the city centre, so they’re convenient, too. Opt for the Crowne Plaza or Hilton to enjoy a morning swim or gym session.

If you want to host an important guest, the ancestral home of Lord Byron, Colwick Hall Hotel, is a fitting choice. For an eco-friendly stay, try out the modern De Vere Orchard Hotel.

You’ll find lots of great places to eat in Nottingham

When it’s time to impress clients and treat the team, there are plenty of options across the city. For a refined celebration, book a table at The Larder on Goosegate where you’ll enjoy modern British cuisine. SIX at the cricket club in Bridgford is another upmarket treat. Or if it’s a relaxed lunch with a client, Deliah Fine Foods serves delicious plates in a smart deli setting.

For a relaxed team outing, the Hockley Art Club speakeasy cocktail bar will make for a fun night out. Or treat everyone to a slap up curry at Kayal.

Lunch options are aplenty too. Grab a table at No. Twelve for vegan delights, Café Sobar for coffee and a sandwich or Zaap Thai for punchy Thai street food.

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Nottingham has a number of excellent meeting rooms

For large-scale events, you could book space at the magnificent Albert Hall, which has space for up to 700 delegates. You can also use Nottingham Trent’s facilities for a more modern setting. If you’re hosting creative workshops, the Dance4 iC4C (Centre for Choreography) has wide open space designed to enable you to get active. Alternatively, the Antenna coworking space offers bookable rooms for meetings and more informal sessions.

Nottingham has all the amenities your team could need

There is plenty of shopping to be enjoyed across the city, whether you need to pop out for essentials or treat yourself. Victoria Centre is a popular place for shoppers housing high street stores from big names like River Island, Boots, Next, House of Fraser and John Lewis.

For those who like to keep fit, there are a few gyms to choose from including The Gym and Victoria Leisure Centre, which has a swimming pool. There are also lots of yoga studios, such as Hotpod Yoga and Hot Yoga.

Offices to rent in Nottingham

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Notable office tenants in Nottingham

  • Boots
  • Experian
  • E.ON
  • Center Parcs
  • Sports Direct

Key agents

  • FHP Property Consultants
  • Innes England Ltd
  • NG Chartered Surveyors
  • Heb Surveyors Ltd
  • Geo Hallam & Sons
  • Savills
  • Musson Liggins

Interesting facts about Nottingham

  • Beneath Nottingham’s ground there are 500 sandstone caves that date back to the Dark Ages. Over the years, parts of the cave network have been a medieval tannery, the location of Victorian slums and an air raid shelter during WWII.
  • There has been a court on the site of the National Justice Museum since 1375.
  • Nottingham has the biggest market square in England at 5.5 acres. And the sundial in Nottingham’s Portland Square is the largest in Europe.
  • Nottingham has hosted an annual goose fair for over 700 years. The tradition started in 1284 and it continues to be a cause for celebration today.
  • As well as ibuprofen, traffic lights and MRI scanners mentioned earlier, Nottingham is the birthplace of HP Sauce and Bramley apples. The city hosts an apple festival every year where delicious treats are made using the nation's favourite cooking apple.