The UK is a multicultural nation that pioneered some of the greatest ideas of the 21st century. It’s no wonder, then, that it’s one of the top business travel destinations in the world.
Business travel doesn’t exclusively refer to meeting with your colleagues and visiting a different branch of your company. A business trip can also mean attending conventions and conferences, meeting new clients, networking and much more.
With that in mind, we created a list based on our internal data detailing the top 10 corporate travel destinations in the UK for 2023.
1. London, England
London is a multicultural hub, connected to the rest of the world through six major airports. As the third largest city in Europe, with almost 9 million citizens, it boasts numerous conferences and business events you shouldn’t miss.
Some great conferences in London for 2023 are Investor & Entrepreneur Networking Event, The Black Girls in Finance Summit 2023 and Networking Event London, Meet Entrepreneurs, Business Owners, Investors, UK. If you’re interested in renting a venue for your own conference, you can always check out Jones & Sons Private Room, Kings House and Tate Modern.
During your downtime, explore the wonders of London. From the lovely Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London and Westminster Abbey to the London Eye and Tate Museum.
2. Manchester, England
You can reach Manchester via the main airport or by a two-hour train from London. If you plan your visit for 2023, there are a lot of business events you shouldn’t miss, like First Friday Small Business Networking and _Manchester Small Business Networ_k. These are perfect for you to expand your connections and keep in touch with current business affairs.
If you want to explore Manchester in your free time, you can visit the Science and Industry Museum and the Manchester Art Gallery, while also discovering some great conference venues like The University of Manchester Conferences and Venues and Manchester International Conference Centre.
3. Birmingham, England
Although Birmingham has a dedicated airport, BHX, you can reach this British gem from five other airports, the closest being the one in Derby, only 100 kilometers away.
Great business events you shouldn’t miss in Birmingham are The Midlands Expo and Birmingham Business Expo. Also, some locations where you can find interesting events are MK Conferencing and Business Live Global LTD.
While you’re here, don’t miss the opportunity to visit Cadbury World – the museum for the world-famous chocolate, Birmingham’s Museum & Art Gallery and the National SEA LIFE Centre.
4. Edinburgh, Scotland
Although Edinburgh has a single airport, it’s one of the busiest airports in the UK. It’s no wonder, though, as Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and a meeting hub for business travellers.
Worth checking out locations for business meetings like Edinburgh Training and Conference Venuè, John McIntyre Conference Centre, The University of Edinburgh and Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh - Venue & Events. Not only that, but some insightful business conferences you should catch in Edinburgh are Verticals of Wealth: Transform Your Home into a Profitable Investment and Entrepreneurs Social Club (ESC) - Edinburgh Startup Meetup.
After being done with conferences for the day, you can get lost in the historic streets and visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse, National Museum of Scotland and Edinburgh Castle.
5. Glasgow, Scotland
A great business travel destination, Glasgow is one of the biggest cities in Scotland. Very well connected to the rest of the world, it boasts two airports, as well as numerous corporate conferences. Some of the events you can’t miss are Business Networking Coffee Morning and _UX Glasgow Talk_s.
When you take a break from the conferences, feel free to visit some landmarks like Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the Riverside Museum and the Glasgow Cathedral.
Going back to business, you should check out some popular business venues for extra events, like the 200 SVS Conference & Events and the Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC).
6. Bristol, England
Land at one of the two airports of Bristol and discover the corporate landscape on the shores of the harbour.
With conferences like Tech Talent Breakfast Meetup and Hive Networking, in locations like BE Business Centre and Bristol Business Centre, your business acumen will reach new heights in this English town.
During your free time, you can discover the city fully, by sightseeing Clifton Suspension Bridge and visiting Brunel's SS Great Britain or Bristol Museum & Art Gallery.
7. Liverpool, England
Liverpool is the perfect place to combine a lovely corporate life with a lively nightlife. As the birthplace of the Beatles, this city offers great entertainment, as well as unforgettable tours.
After you land at John Lennon Airport, the only one in the city, you can explore some great conferences, like BITA Liverpool Monthly Social Networking and Creative Networking by Utilise Social.
If these conferences don’t interest you, you can also check out the schedules of locations like the University of Liverpool Conferences & Events and Conference Liverpool.
8. Leeds, England
You can reach Leeds either by plane, through its singular airport, or by train from London, after a two-and-a-half hour journey. Here, you’ll have your pick for corporate events and venues, as well as great leisure time destinations.
Some events you can’t miss for your career development are Social Media for Business and _Creating a high performance culture conference_s. Also, some great business venues you should check out are University of Leeds Conferences and Events and Well Met Conferencing.
But don’t forget to enjoy a bleisurely time here and visit the Royal Armouries Museum, Roundhay Park and Kirkstall Abbey.
9. Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Newcastle upon Tyne (or as it’s popularly known as Newcastle), is one of the most famous cities in the UK. The birthplace of Newcastle ale and home to industrial heritage sites, this city is perfect for your business trip. You can reach this city by either car, air or train, as the ride from London is just three hours.
When you’re here, be sure to visit the Great North Museum: Hancock, Grainger Market and Discovery Museum.
Some conferences you can’t miss in Newcastle include Dedicated Small Business Conference and Rise and Design - How to Use AI in your Business. Also, some great conference venues to check out are The Assembly Rooms and The Beacon.
10. Cardiff, Wales
After arriving in Cardiff either through its only airport or by a two-hour train ride from London, you’ll discover the beauty of the capital of Wales. Some of the main attractions you shouldn’t miss are the National Museum Cardiff and Cardiff Castle.
Notable conferences you shouldn’t miss in the city are Cardiff Young Professionals - September Social Event, _Jigsaw Business Women - Networking for Women 202_3 and Cardiff Coffee & Coworking.
You can also see what other events business venues offer, like CAVC Business Centre and Conference Services Cardiff Metropolitan University.
Research for this article is a part of Booking.com for Business 2023 Business Travel Destinations project and is based on bookings made from August 2022 to August 2023. Travellers were international who travelled to the UK for business purposes.