Milton Keynes is well on its way to achieving its vision of becoming a dynamic European destination recognised for its thriving prosperity, economic innovation and cultural creativity. Its combination of excellent connectivity, land options and skilled workforce, along with its ‘Smart City’ status, have established Milton Keynes as a honeypot for advanced technology and knowledge-driven businesses. And all of this in a modern city with a high quality built environment and a wealth of green spaces. With so many benefits to offer business and employees, it's no surprise that its population is continuing to grow, creating an ever stronger and more high-performing economy.
With its high quality of life and burgeoning reputation as a creative, cultural, diverse and tolerant city, Milton Keynes is highly rated by those who live here. Plenty of green spaces and top-class leisure facilities. Excellent schools, thriving universities and the development of MK:U, a new technology university in the heart of Milton Keynes, which all contribute to making it a highly sought-after place in which to live and raise a family.
Milton Keynes' many cultural attractions include a thriving arts scene, renowned heritage, and flourishing sporting communities. There's something for everyone, from the newly expanding MK Gallery, to world famous Bletchley Park, international sporting events such as Dragon Boat Festival, and well-established cultural happenings like MK City Fest, Art in the Park, Shakespeare in the Park and Proms in the Park. And with The National Bowl Milton Keynes set to become a 75,000 capacity outdoor arena, it will soon play host to some of the world’s most famous artists. This is a city with a confident future.
Milton Keynes offers a wide variety of high-quality retail, entertainment and leisure destinations. It's a haven for foodies, and with so many restaurants, cafes and bars to choose from, all tastes are catered for. When it comes to retail therapy, the city centre alone has 400 shops, five farmers’ markets operate each month in the surrounding areas, and centre:mk and intu Milton Keynes combine to make one of Europe's largest covered shopping centres. Meanwhile, the local environment has been thoughtfully and imaginatively planned for recreation and enjoyment, with 5,000 acres of parkland and woodland, more than 150 public art sculptures, 21km of canal towpaths and a network of over 270 km of Redway cycle routes to explore.
This is a city where everyone is catered for, thanks to a wide variety of leisure facilities and a packed programme of cultural events including music, art and literature festivals. From shows at the highly successful Milton Keynes Theatre, to performances by Milton Keynes City Orchestra, and gigs at The Stables or leading outdoor live music venue MK Bowl, cultural highlights abound. Sporting attractions include Planet Ice, home to MK Lightning Ice skating team, go-karting at Daytona Motorsport, MK Dons football team, and indoor skiing and snowboarding at The Xscape (CMK). And with everything from indoor sky diving and climbing, Hollywood bowling, Cineworld and Odeon Imax cinemas, Casino MK and numerous sports bars to choose from, there's so much going on.
With its ambitious expansion plans, Milton Keynes is ensuing a consistent growth in housing stock to support its growing employee base. The city has the highest concentration of newly-built homes outside of London, and the city's population is expected to reach 400,000 residents by 2050. Furthermore, the city remains a relatively affordable destination for those businesses and individuals looking to relocate.
Thriving Schools and Universities
The city and surrounding areas offer a range of excellent schools both in the state and private sector, while Cranfield University, Open University and Buckingham University are all within 10 miles of central Milton Keynes, providing excellent opportunities for business management degrees. With a new 21st century university, MK:U, being planned just a few hundred yards away from 100 Avebury Boulevard, the area is set to become even more attractive to businesses from the tech sector. Focusing on delivery a distinctive STEM-focused (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) undergraduate curriculum, the Cranfield University will provide strong skills for the future and Milton Keynes.