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Mark Hills: Leicester's best for business

Mark Hills at The Gresham Aparthotel
Mark Hills at The Gresham Aparthotel

Leicester was recently announced as the best place to live and work in the East Midlands, and it’s easy to see why.

Since starting at The Gresham Aparthotel, I have seen first hand how vibrant and agile the business community is here from networking and speaking to corporate guests.

The tourism industry, alongside many others, took a hit during the pandemic and this team’s resilience and ability to adapt is giving us the edge as we bounce back.

The Gresham Network launched a year ago and it is a highlight of my regular engagements, getting to meet local professionals in a relaxed environment.

Its energy and diversity reflects that of Leicester’s business community, which made it the perfect occasion to announce November’s Leicester Business Festival (LBF) last time out.

LBF is a firm fixture in the calendar, a fortnight of free events that showcases successes, celebrates collaboration and promotes innovation.

It’s one of the many reasons I think Leicester is doing so well right now.

The data from Demos-PwC Good Growth for Cities Index shows that Leicester ranks above average in areas that contribute to economic growth, and comes top in the region for work-life balance and skills.

Leicestershire is boosted by three top universities, an array of independent businesses and household names, and excellent global transport links.

As The Gresham Aparthotel sits at the heart of the city, it’s a popular stay for business guests with local attractions within walking distance.


I was sent on a work trip, with the hotel being recommended by a colleague.

The room is absolutely fine and the bed is incredibly comfortable. All of the staff have been extremely courteous.

The gym downstairs is perfectly adequate for a quick (or long ) workout and the shower water is always hot. A perfect stay. Extremely impressed!

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We’re seeing more bookings from guests travelling for work - hybrid workers making a regular visit to the office, those stopping over to meet clients based in the city, or companies with remote staff needing a central location to come together.

The Gresham Works co-working space and Black Iron Social bar and restaurant (both onsite), with the city centre on the doorstep, presents a smooth transition from business to leisure.

You can speak to one of the team for preferential rates on longer or regular business stays.

Leicester’s economic position might look strong, but we know how hard tough times can hit; it’s only through strong business connections that we can continue to grow.


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