Welcome to Cardiff, the birthplace of Roald Dahl, Shirley Bassey and the great football player Ryan Giggs. The city the first Fair Trade capital of the world, boasts the world’s oldest record shop, while Cardiff University has spawned two Nobel Prize winners. It also has a dynamic entrepreneurial scene.
Cardiff is also a city of four castles — the most famous Cardiff Castle dates back to the 12th Century. Today Cardiff has a population of 478,000, is Europe’s smallest capital city, but in 2016, the EU ranked it has the third best capital city in Europe to live in.
As an entrepreneurial hub, Cardiff has been making a mark on the world. According to Tech Nation, In 2017, the city’s digital technology businesses managed a combined turnover of £641 million, digital tech turnover per employee was £138,000, and there were 32,508 digital jobs. Its vibrant startup scene is helped by the university culture. Cardiff University itself is ranked in the top 50 universities worldwide for Architecture/Built Environment, Communication and Media Studies, and Psychology. The university is ranked in the top 100 for Accounting & Finance, Geography, English Language & Literature, Sports Related Subjects and Pharmacy & Pharmacology. It also offers a Masters Degree in Cybersecurity.
Roald Dahl is famous for stories such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but he also wrote ‘Tales of the Unexpected.’ But Cardiff has so much going for it, that there is nothing unexpected about it boasting a burgeoning starup culture.