Although both cities are ranked behind London overall, both are often ranked higher than the capital on a number of factors, as are other cities such as Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle and Nottingham.

Adrian Hill, head of business space at Cushman & Wakefield, said: “It’s clear that senior directors of UK companies overwhelmingly favour the country’s three largest cities, principally because of their population, access to markets and transport infrastructure.


“The rise of cities such as Bristol, Glasgow and Edinburgh, however, show that softer factors such as quality of life are deemed increasingly important for a firm’s employees.”