Escape To The Country? – Thinking About It!
While in Devon this weekend visiting the folks, we went to watch some friends in the Commando Challenge run by the Royal Marines. We assumed there’d just be forty or fifty gluttons for punishment covered in mud, gasping for air and littering the assault course.
But how wrong we were!
There were hundreds of people from all over the south west gathered to run this three mile gauntlet for charity. All these people were young, fit and, dare I, say happy! – even after being sheep-dipped!
Where did they all come from I thought? Why are they not in London with us cool cats? Do they not know the streets of the big smoke are paved with gold?
If I’m honest I felt a little green with envy. At 36 I feel a little old to be going out and painting the town red three times a week! The area around Victoria Station where I work is lacking in character but not lacking in noise, pollution and all round nastiness!
Don’t get me wrong! The office is nice and the people great but I want to wake up and walk to work or even cycle without the threat of death around every corner.
There are a load of businesses in digital advertising that have done very well without having to hit London with their office space budget.
Agencies have established themselves in Manchester, Yorkshire, Cornwall, Sussex, Warrington, Telford, Milton Keynes, Norfolk, Cardiff and Edinburgh to name but a few.
So even though there’s apparently some economic crisis at the moment, in a couple of weeks time I’ll be going down to Sussex with the girlfriend and a film crew in tow to check out some houses with the help of the BBC’s “Escape To The Country” show.
We emailed them on a whim a few months back and they said yes! So we’re off to the green and pleasant land to find a gaff to commute from.
I know Media Week readers are established far and wide so I ask you:
What are the advantages of working away from London? Do you get more done? Better way of life so better quality of work? Any advice for someone about to set up home in the country?
BTW – I’m not leaving Microsoft – just moving out of London!