Harrogate, UK: best place to live, wonderful place to work

Harrogate, UK: best place to live, wonderful place to work

Julie Walsh
Tags: FinancialForce Office
This week saw FinancialForce UK HQ location Harrogate named as the Best Place to Live in Yorkshire and the North East of England by the Sunday Times. The ranking’s highlights included the town’s independent cafes and restaurants, quality schools and landmark Stray (200 acres of open grassland) as well as crime rates and house prices. The Sunday Times cited Harrogate was cosmopolitan and classy while still retaining its ‘old-fashioned Yorkshire charm.’ See more information in the Harrogate Advertiser. Location is certainly important to us with the majority of our UK employees still based in our Harrogate office and our recruitment team agrees that Harrogate is still a big draw. Employees seem to like it too.

FinancialForce employees enjoy Harrogate

Paul Lawrence, Senior Software Developer commented, “I like working in Harrogate due to the quality of life it provides. I do not need to stress about a commute, I can cycle to work, and a nice cycle at that (first time I did it I had to take a photo and share it!) I like the outdoors, and we are based right on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales – I have gone for a run and a cycle at lunchtime and just enjoyed the amazing views. You can get away from it all if need be. I feel the atmosphere it generates here is good. People enjoy working here, they are more relaxed and friendly which produces good teamwork.  Just a good all around environment to work in.” Rae Brosnan, Manager in User Experience Design often travels to Harrogate from her US base and adds, “Harrogate is a respite from the hustle and bustle of this world’s big cities, even when I’m there for work as opposed to pleasure. Surrounded by lush greenness, Harrogate offers a glimpse of a quieter, quainter, and very considerate life. As a city-goer, nothing really surpasses the astounding beauty of the town or the unexpected sound of bleating sheep in the thick fields beside the office, as funny as that sounds. It’s a different reality and a favorite work spot of mine.”

A technology hotspot

Earlier this year IDG Connect cited that Yorkshire was a favourite of some of technology’s finest companies, FinancialForce being one of them. This follows last August’s news that Harrogate was named the happiest place to live in the UK for the third year running, in a RightMove poll. If you want a great opportunity to work at a fast growing company and in one of the best locations with the happiest people in the country, take a look at our job opportunities. It doesn’t stop there. It’s not just the people and the location that make FinancialForce a great place to work, it’s also an opportunity for you to work with applications that are truly changing the way the world does business.

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