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Things you should know before moving to London

By Gabrielle Richardson
August 09, 2018

Moving to another country is a big move and moving to London is an even bigger move. You might have found your first job within the NHS or you are the spouse of a doctor who is relocating – this guide aims to provide you with all the information people wish they knew before making the move to the Big Smoke. If this article does not cover something that is of interest to you – comment below and we will be happy to answer. Quick London Facts: Population:6 million (2018 estimate) of which 37% were born outside of the UK Official Language: English but over 300 other languages are also spoken Consists of: 32 boroughs, plus the City of London 1. London is a big city­­ London is a sprawling metropolis. Whilst Central London and all the main tourist attractions are fairly close to each other, the surrounding areas are large and confusing for those who are not familiar with the city. Knowing in-depth information on the different areas and particularly the area you will be living, and working is vital before you move. The basics – London is a city made up of many smaller towns. There are 32 boroughs of London, each with their own identity, local government, council and infrastructure. Each London Borough is then broken down into ‘postcodes’. Depending on whether the area is North, East, South or West – the postcode will begin with N, E, S or W. Please visit the London Town website for more in-depth information on each Borough. 2. Living in London – General Rules of Thumb Prices to rent and buy generally decline the further out of Central London you go. The closer a flat or house is to a station, the more expensive it is. Underground stations command an additional premium over stations served only by the Overground, DLR, and/or National Rail. London’s property market is changing very rapidly – with formerly unfashionable/affordable areas becoming fashionable/unaffordable in as little as twelve months. Bonus Tips for Choosing Housing Keeping it Affordable - Flat Shares It is very common in London to share a flat with other people. Typically, you will have your own bedroom and then share communal areas such as the kitchen, bathroom and the garden. Whilst flat shares are significantly cheaper than renting your own flat, you do lose out on privacy. Websites such as Spare Room, Easy Room-mate and Ideal Flatmate will make your search to find accommodation easier with filters such as a required garden or to live with non-smokers. Advice - Never agree to rent a room before viewing it in person. Often pictures posted online of properties can be deceitful and so it is always best to go and view the property before you agree to live there. Furthermore, you will not be able to agree to rent a flat before viewing it in person. So whilst it is good to look at what is on the market – wait until you are in the city. Once you view a property that you like, and you can afford to get it – get it. The competition for London properties is very high so do not take too long deciding. Keeping it accessible – The right location for those Night Shifts Although it may be difficult to find the perfect flat, we do advise for you to try and find a place close to your hospital or at the very least close to a Night service tube station (Victoria, Jubilee, and most of the Central, Northern and Piccadilly lines.) This will make it easier during night shifts and on-calls. 3. When you get to London – don’t panic When you arrive in the city you may feel overwhelmed at its size and in the beginning, you will find it challenging to get your bearings. But do not worry! Technology will save the day. There are great Smartphone apps such as City Mapper. This app will inform you of nearby tube or rail stations, provide you with the best route to get to your required location and it will even inform you of how many calories you will burn if you decide to walk the journey. 4. Don’t bring your whole house with you! London is a large city and so you will find absolutely everything you need when you arrive. For example, there is no need to bring your duvet and pillows as they will just take up space in your luggage and you can buy them in the city fairly cheaply. 5. London is not the UK Of course, London is in the UK, but it is very different from the rest of the UK. London is like a mini country within a country, often with its own politics. Life in the city can be a world away from other places in the UK. So, if you find London too busy for you – you might enjoy somewhere else in the UK. Tips for when you first move to the city Stand on top of Primrose Hill at sunset Find a nearby park and familiarise yourself with it, especially if you work in Central London. The park will act as a great escape from your busy lifestyle. Don’t walk while using your phone, you will slow down the pace of the crowds. Look at the yellow lines on the underground and stand where the paint has faded – that is where the doors open. If you are an international doctor who is interested in relocating to London or any other part of the UK send your CV to [email protected] and one of our Specialist Advisers will be in touch. Come and say hello! Join our Facebook Group IMG Advisor - this will give you access to frequent relocation blog posts, the ability to ask relocation questions and receive advice and support, and to meet other IMG's! References Randomly London. (2018). Moving to London? Ultimate 2017 Living & Working Guide. [online] Available at: [Accessed 6 Aug. 2018]. Little Miss Spaghetti. (2018). 16 things you need to know before moving to London - Little Miss Spaghetti. [online] Available at: [Accessed 6 Aug. 2018].

A snapshot of... Newcastle

By Gabrielle Richardson
July 09, 2018

Newcastle is a university city situated in the North-East of England. It is a vibrant and exciting city and the people who reside there are friendly and welcoming to expatriates and visitors. This guide briefs you on details of the city, popular areas to live, the average living costs, fun facts, must-sees, and how to get to and from the city. About Newcastle The city has a population of 250,000 but including the surrounding urban area its population is almost 1 million. The city is compact which means it is quick and easy to get around, most people use the Metro, bus, cycle or walk. The nightlife is regarded as one of the best in the UK, and the city offers a range of entertainment from clubs, gigs, comedy, dance, bars and pubs – your choice! Newcastle is one of England’s core cities – being the centre of culture, architecture and business. Where should I live? Below is a list of the best places for families and professionals to live in. City Centre The city centre attracts many professionals. Everything you need is here, from retail shops to banks, entertainment and transport. You will also only be a short walk away from the famous Newcastle Quayside and a stroll to the Millennium Bridge, The Baltic Art Gallery as well as The Sage. Jesmond You will also find many professionals living in Jesmond, and for some – it is the only place to live! This upmarket area is shared by professionals, families and students so there is a good mix of locals and residents. This area is full of restaurants, cafes and bars, and plenty of places to eat and drink. Jesmond is just a 10-minute walk away from the city centre, and it is a good choice for those who have to commute to and from work every day. Gosforth Gosforth forms one of Newcastle’s northern suburbs. Its array of green spaces and personal character have helped make it one of the city’s most popular residential areas and a growing favourite among young professionals. The area is just two miles from the very centre of Newcastle, Gosforth’s Metro stations, frequent bus services and excellent road links also make it perfect for commuting around the wider Tyne and Wear area or beyond. Average Living Costs Housing Cost Monthly rent 900Sqft furnished accommodation in an EXPENSIVE area £810 Monthly rent for 900 Sqft furnished accommodation in NORMAL area £600 1 month of utilities for two people in a flat £250 Internet 8Mbps (1 month) £20   Transportation Cost 1 litre of petrol £1.23 Monthly ticket public transport £55 Taxi Trip (5 miles) £11   Entertainment Cost Basic dinner out for two in a neighbourhood pub £35 2 tickets to the cinema £18 2 tickets to the theatre £80 Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant including starters, mains, dessert and wine £50 1 Cocktail £7 Cappuccino £2.84 1 beer in a neighbourhood pub £3.87 1 month of gym membership £30 Fun Facts about Newcastle Newcastle is said to be the coldest major city in England, but it is also one of the driest cities in the UK – due to being in the rain shadow of the North Pennines. Newcastle Central Station was the first covered train station in the world and it was opened in 1850 by Queen Victoria. Newcastle ranks as the 15th UK city most visited by visitors from overseas. The windscreen wiper was invented in Newcastle by a Newcastle United fan as he drove home in a storm from a cup final match in 1908. The North East has the greatest variety of ginger hair in the world! There are 47 shades of red hair around the Tyne. Must See’s in Newcastle The Quayside Newcastle Quayside is a beautiful and vibrant waterfront on the north bank of the River Tyne, just across the Millennium Bridge. The area will offer you a lively scene of culture, art and music. The Quayside is also known for its amazing restaurants, cafes, pubs bars, and nightclubs. You will also find other exciting entertainment venues in Newcastle-Gateshead Quayside, including the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, The Sage Gateshead and Millennium Bridge. The Quayside is also home to the Tyne Bridge. The bridge was officially on 10th October 1928 by King George V and has since become a defining symbol of Tyneside. It is ranked as the tenth tallest structure in the city. Angel of the North The Angel of the North is a contemporary sculpture, designed by Antony Gormley. Completed in 1998, it is the largest angel statue in the world - 20 metres tall, with its wings measuring 54 metres. The Angel is built on top of a former coal mine and it was built to signify the miners, to grasp the move from an industrial to an informational age and to be a focus for evolving hopes and fears. St. James’ Park St. James’ Park is a world-class football and entertainment stadium in Newcastle. The stadium is one of the largest in the UK and is home to Newcastle United Football Club and the football matches for the 2012 Olympic Games. The stadium also hosts concerts and other entertainment events. Newcastle Castle Newcastle Castle has recently receiv ed a £1.67m refurbishment and it tells a story of the city’s history from its Roman origins to the present day. A visit to Newcastle’s castle will also provide you with fantastic views of the city. There is a £7 admission fee for adults and £4 for a child. Working in Newcastle Living in Newcastle can provide you with excellent value for money when buying a property. Therefore, for many, some prefer to live in and around Newcastle and commute into other North East England NHS Trusts. North East England NHS Trusts that we work closely with are: Cumbria Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees County Durham and Darlington Northumberland and North Tyneside South Tyneside and Sunderland Getting to and from Newcastle Newcastle has all the access links you would expect from a major British city. If you are flying to and from Newcastle, you will have a range of airlines to choose from. The route from the airport to the city centre is one of the fastest in Europe, taking only 23 minutes on the Tyne and Wear Metro. Metro trains run every 5-15 minutes and single tickets start at £3.40. A taxi from the airport to the city centre will cost around £15. Location Rail (Times) Road (Miles) Airline Airtime Aberdeen 4 hours 5 mins 253 Eastern Airways 55 mins Belfast - - easyJet/Flybe 1 hour Birmingham 3 hours 30 mins 206 - - Bristol 5 hours 295 EasyJet 1 hour 5 mins Cardiff 5 hours 35 mins 315 Eastern Airways 1 hour 15 mins Leeds 2 hours 98 - - London 2 hours 53 mins 283 British Airways 1 hour 15 mins Manchester 2 hours 20 mins 144 - -   So, if you are an international doctor who is interested in working in Newcastle, its surrounding areas or any other part of the UK – send your CV to [email protected] and we will be happy to help you. Come and say hello! Join our Facebook group IMG Advisor – this will give you access to frequent blog posts, the opportunity to ask questions on relocating to the UK and to meet other IMG’s! References (2018). Getting here and getting around - NewcastleGateshead. [online] Available at: [Accessed 9 Jul. 2018]

A snapshot of... Wales

By Gabrielle Richardson
June 22, 2018

Wales is a country in the South West of the United Kingdom and is popular for its beautiful coastline, mountainous national parks and distinctive Welsh language. The capital of Wales is Cardiff which is a coastal city with an extensive array of bars and restaurants and a city full of history and culture. In this blog article we provide you with the four regions of Wales, living costs of Cardiff and Swansea, reasons to live in Wales, information on NHS Wales and some fantastic things to do and see in the country. Regions of Wales North West In this region you will find Snowdonia, a National Park and smaller towns and villages. North East This area of Wales is home to the towns of Wrexham and Flint. Mid Wales Mid Wales includes the seaside university town of Aberystwyth and the National Library. South West The National Botanic Garden of Wales, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and the city of Swansea are located in this region. South East This region is home to the country’s capital city, Cardiff, as well as Newport, Merthyr Tydfil, and Caerphilly. Where should I live? Cardiff Cardiff has a population of over 348,000 and this swells to an additional 50,000 each day as commuters enter the city. Cardiff is one of the greenest cities in the UK, with parks spread across the entire city but the most popular being Bute Park located right in the city centre. Also sitting in the centre, is Cardiff castle and Principality Stadium – the National Stadium. Cardiff is also regularly voted one of the top UK shopping destinations as it has over 100 shops to choose from in St. David’s shopping centre and a number of historic shopping arcades. Cardiff Bay is a popular tourist destination as it is home to the National Opera based at the Wales Millennium Centre which hosts regular music and theatre productions. The Welsh National Assembly is also located next to the water, along with an array of restaurants. Did you know in 2011 Cardiff was chosen as one of the 10 best places in the world to visit during the summer by National Geographic Magazine – the only UK location to be featured. Average Living Costs in Cardiff 85sqm rental home £600-950 Utilities for a 85sqm home for two people £150 45sqm studio rent £680-1100 Utilities for a 45sqm studio for one person £100 Monthly public transport ticket £45 Pub food for two £20 Average terraced house £196,000 Average semi-detached house £239,000 Average price of flat £144,000 Swansea Moving to the South West side of the country you will find large areas of rural landscapes and amazing coastline with vibrant city life. The largest city, Swansea has a multicultural population of over 239,000 and has two universities. It is also the home to Liberty Stadium, where you can watch Championship football with Swansea City and the Ospreys Rugby Union team. This area of Wales is best known for its scenery. Here you will find the Gower Peninsula near Swansea, and the UK’s only coastal National Park, Pembrokeshire Coast. The National Botanic Garden of Wales is also found in this area. Furthermore, you can also get ferries to Ireland from Fishguard and Pembroke. Average Living Costs in Swansea 85sqm rental home £870-12000 Utilities for a 85sqm home for two people £160 45sqm studio rent £740-1100 Utilities for a 45sqm studio for one person £80 Monthly public transport ticket £45 Pub food for two £20 Average terraced house £111,000 Average semi-detached house £145,000 Average detached house £220,000 Living in this region will also give you access to Swansea Market which is the largest indoor market in Wales – right next door to a five mile long beach. Top Five Reasons to live in Wales Beautiful scenery – 26% of Wales is designated as a National Park or area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It’s cheaper than England – The average cost of living in Wales is considerably lower than the UK average. The average cost of a property in Wales is £144k compared with the average UK cost of £216k. Beaches – Wales has over 150 stunning beaches, which offer views of Whales, seals, sharks and an assortment of birds. People – Fun fact! There are 3 sheep to every person in Wales. Nevertheless, the people in Wales are friendly and welcoming to newcomers. Happiest place to live - In a 2017 survey of more than 17,000 people by Rightmove, which asked people how happy they are with aspects of where they live, this is how they voted for the happiest places to live in Wales. NHS Wales The National Health Service is Wales’ largest employer. There are over eighty hospitals spread across the country. Working for NHS Wales will bring you plenty of benefits including: Annual Leave – You will receive a generous annual leave allowance of 27 days a year plus bank holidays, this rises to 29 days after five years and 33 days after ten years of service. Flexible Working – NHS Wales appreciates that there is more to life than work and so they offer a flexible working policy to help you balance your home and working life. This includes working from home, part-time hours, career breaks and flexible retirement. Pension – If you join the NHS pension scheme the Trust will contribute 14.3% towards your pension. Childcare Vouchers – NHS Wales offers all employees who have children, membership to the childcare vouchers scheme. Health and well-being – NHS wales cares about their employee’s physical and mental health. And so you will have access to health and well-being initiatives including discounted gym membership. Fun things to do and see in Wales Snowdonia National Park Snowdonia National Park is often called Eryri by many Welsh people close to the Park which is roughly translated as “the place of the eagles”. The park has almost 1000 square miles of unspoilt beauty; Snowdonia National Park has the tallest mountain in all of England and Wales, and is home to the most endangered species of bird-of-prey, red-kites.   2. Visit little Italy In the North-West coast of Wales, Portmeirion is a beautiful village designed to replicate beautiful Italy. Tourists often visit for a couple of nights to explore the area and the village is world-renowned for its pottery and designs. 3. Kayak with Puffins and Dolphins at Pembrokeshire National Park Pembrokeshire National Park can offer you rugged cliffs, sandy beaches and wooded estuaries covering a total of 243 square miles and even sights of puffins and dolphins. 4. Visit Caernarfon Castle – where the Prince was crowned This castle is almost 1,000 years old and is one of Wales’ most impressive castles and is protected by UNESCO. This castle was also used as the Royal venue for the investiture of Prince Charles as “The Prince of Wales” in 1969 5. Try the fastest and longest zip line in the world Velocity 2, located in Penrhyn Quarry in North Wales lets visitors travel from 0 – 60mph in under 10 seconds before reaching the top speed of 125mph – equal to the legal limit for standard trains in the UK, and 5mph faster than the speed at which you fall when skydiving. To book your adventure click here.   If you are an international doctor who wants to relocate to the UK and work within the NHS send your CV to [email protected] – and we will be happy to help you. In addition, if you would like support form an online forum of other IMG’s join our Facebook Group IMG Advisor. References (2018). Home | [online] Available at: [Accessed 21 Jun. 2018]. Hand Luggage Only. (2018). 15 Magnificent Things to Do and See in Wales – The Most Magical Country in The World! [online] Available at:[Accessed 22 Jun. 2018]

A snapshot of Yorkshire

By Gabrielle Richardson
June 04, 2018

Yorkshire is the largest county in the UK, spanning 2.9 million acres. The region is often split into four geographical areas; North, the East Riding and South and West. The North and East Riding of Yorkshire are more rural areas, whilst the West Riding is much more urbanised. The three largest cities in Yorkshire (with a population of over half a million) are Leeds, Sheffield, and Bradford. ­­The economy is worth an astonishing £110 billion per year, which is twice the size of Wales and larger than 11 EU countries. Living in Yorkshire is considerably cheaper than living in the South of England, with savings on everything from the price of a meal to the average house price. The lifestyle in Yorkshire is also a little different to what you will find in the South. Even in the busy cities of Leeds and Sheffield, the pace is a lot more relaxed than you will find in the capital and the people can be a lot friendlier too. Typically, Yorkshire residents enjoy everything from extreme sports on the edge of the Peaks to fantastic shopping in Trinity shopping centre in Leeds or even fish and chips at Scarborough Castle on the popular East Coast. With the city, sea, and dales all within easy reach – you will be spoiled for weekend activities. Diversity in Yorkshire After London, Yorkshire has the third largest representation of ethnic minority population in the UK. Of the 21 districts in Yorkshire, Bradford has the largest concentration of ethnic minority people. The district has the largest proportion of Pakistani ethnic origin (20.3%) in England. Furthermore, 1 in 4 pupils in primary school education in Bradford is from an ethnic minority background. North Yorkshire  This district is vast and largely unspoiled, North Yorkshire is blessed with natural beauty as it contains two national parks – the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors, and a breath-taking English coastline. The area will offer you traditional seaside resorts, rural communities and some of the oldest market towns in the country. North Yorkshire stretches from the North Sea coastal town of Scarborough and Whitby in the East, to the walled city of York in the south. Getting to and from North Yorkshire is very easy as the East Coast mainline has direct services to London King’s Cross and to Edinburgh – from York, it is about two hours to both. The Durham Tees Valley Airport flies both nationally and internationally to various locations such as New York and Tokyo. Reasons to live in North Yorkshire Lower than average property prices Excellent transport links Green hills and a spectacular coastline Traditional Yorkshire afternoon tea East Riding of Yorkshire The East Riding of Yorkshire is renowned for its rural and coastal character, although predominately rural, the area has become increasingly known as a hotspot for culture. The East Riding sits next to the North Sea and borders North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. So, if you are a person who loves natural beauty, you will be spoilt for choice between the North Riding Forest Park and the North York Moors National Park. Reasons to live in East Riding of Yorkshire Big open spaces Amazing seascapes Low house prices Excellent quality schools South Yorkshire This part of the county has rugged and breath-taking countryside to lively cities, you can enjoy the best of both worlds in South Yorkshire. If you enjoy living in the buzz of a city, you will no doubt love South Yorkshire’s city Sheffield and other busy towns such as Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham. But if you prefer the quieter life, there are plenty of market towns or villages to choose from. West Yorkshire West Yorkshire is comprised of five metropolitan boroughs, being Calderdale, Kirklees and the major cities of Leeds, Bradford, and Wakefield. West Yorkshire is described as a thriving metropolitan county. Due to its location, at the very heart of North England, bordered by Derbyshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and North and South Yorkshire, also permits easy access to and from many other counties. Living in this county, you will benefit from easy access to beautiful natural surroundings, heritage, and a rich culture and history. This district also possesses Leeds Bradford Airport, located 7 miles North West of Leeds city centre and 9 miles from Bradford City Centre. The airport is international and can take you to Canada, UAE, the United States and endless European countries. Reasons to live in West Yorkshire The middle ground between city and country life Leeds is the UK’s top university city Growing economic powerhouse Leeds Over the centuries, Leeds has grown from a small market town to the UK’s fourth largest city. The city is the UK’s most successful business, financial and legal hub outside of London. It has a population of 715, 404, and the larger area of West Yorkshire makes up approximately 1.8 million. Furthermore, Leeds is now home to three universities, two of which are based right in the city centre. Leeds University is one of the top higher education institutions in the country and produces some of the most skilled academics in the world. Fun Facts about Leeds Hippos once roamed the city – confirmed by archaeologists Their shopping quarter is bigger than Heathrow – The city’s shopping space is enormous and if you laid it all out it would fit Heathrow Airport inside with room to spare 100,000 people pass through per day – An enormous statistic, but over 100,000 people use Leeds Train station every single day. That includes 900 trains and makes it the busiest UK train station outside of London Leeds economy is bigger than New Zealand’s – According to the Guardian, Leeds’ GDP is estimated to be around £55bn, which is higher than New Zealand’s, three times the size of Turkey’s and over ten times the size of Barbados’ Sheffield  Sheffield is a city set on the edge of the Peak District offering something for everyone. It is within close proximity to the Peak District National Park, excellent for those who enjoy the outdoor lifestyle. Sheffield is a similar size to Leeds with a smaller population of around 500,000 people. However, its larger region of South Yorkshire has approximately 1.3 million people. Sheffield is also famous for its music scene. Over the years the city has delivered some of the finest acts in rock, pop and folk music. Fun facts about Sheffield Around a third of the city is inside the Peak District National Park – no other UK city has part of a National Park within its boundaries. And the Peak District was the first area in the UK to gain National Park status in 1951 and is spread across areas of Derbyshire, Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Yorkshire and Staffordshire It hosts the world’s oldest football club in the world that plays association football. Sheffield FC was founded in 1857 Sheffield has four trees for every person and is home to more than two million trees – the highest ratio of threes to people for any city in Europe. The city has 250 parks, woodland areas, and gardens Bradford Bradford sits in the foothills of the Pennines and is known as Britain’s Curry Capital. Bradford is found in West Yorkshire, just a 45-minute drive from Leeds and an hour’s drive from Manchester. Its proximity to big cities means it also acts as an affordable commuter base. Living in Bradford also means you can enjoy a wide range of cultures. The city has more than 200 ethnic restaurants and hosts annual multi-cultural festivals such as the Bradford Festival, which includes street theatre, music, and dance. Fun facts about Bradford Curry Capital of Britain – Every year a national competition is held to see who makes the best curries in Britain. Judges score four restaurants selected by the local council that are then judged on many different specific features about the dish itself and its presentation. Bradford has been named Curry Capital for Britain for a record-breaking five years in a row. It’s a large city – Bradford is experiencing the biggest population boom in the country (excluding London). It has the largest proportion of under-fives, under nineteen-year-olds, and holds the biggest average household size. The City of Film – In 2009 Bradford beat Los Angeles, Cannes and Venice to become the world’s first UNESCO City of Film. The city has been named as a ‘Creative Hub’ promoting socio-economic and cultural development both in the developed and the developing world. Also for creating ‘socio-cultural clusters’ connecting socio-culturally diverse communities to create a healthy urban environment. York York is a compact city which is loved by retirees, students, and families. It has been named as the UK’s most beautiful city by the Daily Mail while The Time put Clementhorpe – a suburb of York – within the top 10 coolest places to live in the UK. York’s residents benefit from the vibrant calendar of cultural events, a range of restaurants, and activities to families.   Average Living Costs in Yorkshire Accommodation Cost One-bedroom apartment in a City Centre From £650 One-bedroom apartment outside of a City Centre From £500   Restaurants Cost Meal for 1, Inexpensive Restaurant £15 Meal for 2 people, mid-range restaurant, three courses £45 Pint of Beer £3.50 Cappuccino £2.55 Coke/Pepsi £1.07 Bottle of Water £0.80   Transportation Cost One-way bus ticket £2.70 Monthly bus ticket £64 Taxi Start £3.00 Taxi 1km £1.20 Petrol 1L £1.19 Fun Facts about Yorkshire as a county If Yorkshire was its own independent country they would have finished 12th in the 2012 Olympics Yorkshire’s three National Parks: The North York Moors, the Yorkshire Dales, and the Peak District – account for nearly a third of the total area of National Parks in the UK Leeds, York, and Scarborough are among the top ten most visited English towns by UK residents. The debut album of Sheffield band the Arctic Monkeys, Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, is the fastest-selling debut album in British music history. Yorkshire has six Michelin-starred restaurants, more than any other region outside London If you are an IMG who wants to relocate to the UK and work within the NHS then send your CV to [email protected] and one of our Specialist Advisers will be able to provide you with tailored advice. And head over to our Facebook Group: IMG Advisor for an online support network of IMG’s who want to relocate to the UK. References Miller, A. (2018). 20 bizarre facts every local should know about Leeds. [online] WOW247. Available at: Lawson, N. (2018) 10 bizarre facts you probably didn’t know about Sheffield [online] iNews. Available at: Walker, N. (2018) YEN Top 10 – Facts About Bradford | Yorkshire Enterprise Network. [online] Yorkshire Enterprise Network. Available at: BuzzFeed. (2018). 47 Things You Might Not Know About Yorkshire. 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A snapshot of... Bristol

By Gabrielle Richardson
May 09, 2018

A snapshot of… Bristol Bristol is a hugely vibrant city with a rich maritime history. The city has a thriving economy, high employment rates, a fantastic arts and culture scene and offers a good balance of city-life and country living. Bristol is the largest city in the South West and one of the ten ‘Core Cities’ in Great Britain. The population is around 630,000 and in 2017 the city was named as the UK’s most desirable location in the Sunday Times Best Places to Live Guide. Described as “a small city that feels like a big city” Bristol has been described as “glamorous, creative, hi-tech and professional” jobs on offer with “great food and drink” and “the city crams in all the culture you could wish for”. The city’s diversity has also increased in recent years and now, there are over 45 religions, at least 187 countries of birth represented and at least 91 main languages spoken by people living in Bristol. These languages include Polish, French, Spanish, Somali, Urdu, Punjabi. Where should I live? Compared with other major cities in the world, house and flat prices in Bristol are relatively reasonable, however, the prices are rising rapidly as the area becomes more popular. As with every place in the UK, property prices vary area to area but the figures below will give you an estimation of what to expect in each area. Clifton and Redland Both areas are slightly more upmarket areas to live in Bristol, with a cosmopolitan feel. Each area is located within a good distance from the city centre. Redland is the cheaper to live in than Clifton but is still considered a very nice area in Bristol. Redland has some of the best state schools in the city and it is one of Bristol’s latest hotspots for families with its large Victorian houses, green spaces, allotments, and you are just a short walk from the city centre. A one-bedroom flat to rent in this area start’s from £400 and £700 for a two-bedroom flat. Clifton is one of the most picturesque and sought-after areas to live in the whole of Bristol. With its listed Georgian terraces, Regency crescents and garden-squares, Clifton is often the first-place people will think of when considering the move to Bristol. Its village offers independent cafes and boutique shops, or you can head to the Royal York Crescent for panoramic views across the city. A one-bedroom flat to rent in this area begins at £400 per month for a one-bedroom flat and £750 for a two-bedroom flat. Bedminster This area is filled with streets of period terraced houses, an array of shops and a fantastic range of pubs and restaurants. The area has two railway stations, with the Bedminster station taking you all the way to Exeter. In addition, a cycle path runs along the river from Bedminster to the city centre. The area is well-served by buses to the centre and the airport. A one-bedroom flat in Bedminster will start from £500 per month and a two-bedroom flat from £890. Redcliffe and the City Centre There have been dozens of new property developments taking place across Redcliffe and the city centre and the property here is in high demand. Bridge Quay, a recent waterfront scheme, sold its first 40 apartments in one day. The fundamental advantage of living in this area will have you close to all the action of the city, as well as great transport links across the UK. The average property price is affordable for living in a city centre, but please note that most properties will be flats or apartments. A one-bedroom apartment in the centre starts from £700 a month and a two-bedroom apartment begins from £1,200 a month. Average Monthly Expenses Housing Cost Monthly rent for 900Sqft furnished accommodation in an expensive area £1,900 Monthly rent for 900Sqft furnished accommodation in a normal area £1,200 Utilities for one month (heating, electricity, gas) for two people in a flat £350 Internet for one month £24   Transportation Cost One-way ticket £2 Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) £3 1 litre of Petrol £1.19       Entertainment Cost Dinner for two in a neighbourhood pub £28 2 cinema tickets £20 2 tickets to the theatre (best seats) £86 Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant including starters, mains, dessert and wine £53 Cocktail £8 Cappuccino £2.75 A pint of beer £4.32 1 month of gym membership £29 Schools in Bristol The city has over a hundred schools, most Ofsted-rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’. There is an increasingly diverse student population which provides extensive opportunities to work in a range of urban and suburban settings. Many schools have benefitted from extensive capital funding to ensure education buildings are of a high standard and in some cases ‘state of the art’. National and International Connections Bristol is connected by road on an east-west axis from London to Wales by the M4 motorway and on a north-southwest axis from Birmingham to Exeter by the M5 motorway. To reach the north of England from Bristol you should use the M5 and M6 motorway. There are two key railway stations in Bristol: Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway with an extra 11 suburban stations. There are also scheduled coach links to most major UK cities. Bristol is also served by its own airport, Bristol Airport (BRS), at Lulsgate, the airport is the ninth busiest UK airport and offers services to major European destinations. By Train: Bristol to London – 1 hour 40 minutes Bristol to Manchester – 2 hours 59 minutes Bristol to Birmingham – 1 hour 26 minutes Bristol to Edinburgh – 5 hours 52 minutes Things to do in Bristol Sight-Seeing and Attractions: Clifton Suspension Bridge Clifton Suspension Bridge is more than just a masterpiece of design and engineering. Considered to be Brunel’s greatest work, it is an internationally recognised icon of Bristol. The bridge spans the Avon Gorge and the River Avon, linking Clifton to Leigh Woods in North Somerset. Bristol Zoo   Bristol Zoo opened in 1836 and is a Victorian walled zoo located between Clifton Down and Clifton College, near Brunel’s Clifton Suspension Bridge. Bristol Zoo is the world’s oldest provincial zoo’s. Its mission statement is to “maintain and defend biodiversity through breeding endangered species, conserving threatened species and habitats and promoting a wider understanding of the natural world”. Bristol Balloon Festival The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is Europe’s largest annual meeting of hot air balloons and attracts over 130 Hot Air Balloons from across the globe. The event is held over four days in August at Ashton Court Estate and is completely free of charge. As well as the hundreds of balloons that fill the sky, there are a large number of trade stands, fairground rides, and entertainment. Bristol’s Museums and Galleries Bristol is well known for its rich heritage and artistic nature. Bristol’s museums come in all shapes and sizes. Brunel’s SS Great Britain offers an amazing immersive experience transporting you back to Victorian times, to the M Shed, the city’s social history museum housed in a 1950’s transit shed. You should also visit the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, a museum which explores the city’s archaeology natural history and more. Last, there is the We the Curious, which is the only digital 3D planetarium in the country. Parks and Gardens Bristol is frequently described as a city in the countryside. It has plenty of green space to relax in the park with friends or visit the excellent play equipment to entertain your children. There are over 400 gardens and parks in Bristol and some of the largest ones in the city centre include Castle Park, Brandon Hill, and Clifton Downs. A popular option for many is the extensive grounds of Ashton Court Mansion. The Estate was once the home of the Smyth family and is now a historic park just ten minutes from the centre of Bristol. It covers 850 acres of woods and grasslands, designed by Humphry Repton. The estate also offers an 18-hole golf course, mountain biking and stunning views of the city. Fun facts about Bristol Bristol is the world’s biggest manufacturers of hot air balloons - Cameron Balloons in Bedminster makes the most balloons out of anyone in the world. Bristol invented time travel – A small piece of time travelling history can be seen on the clock at the entrance to St Nick’s market – the time shows ‘Bristol time’ and ‘London time’. Before the invention of GMT, trains travelling to and from Bristol to London used to operate on two different timetables, 15 minutes apart. The first bungee jump took place from Bristol Suspension Bridge – On 1st April 1979, a member of the Oxford University ‘Dangerous Sports Club’ bungee jumped from the Clifton Suspension Bridge and a new sport was born across the globe. The city has its own currency – In 2012 the Bristol Pound was launched, designed to keep money in the local economy, it’s enjoyed a great success in keeping trade local. If you are an IMG who wants to relocate to the UK and work for the NHS then send your CV to [email protected] – and one of our Specialist Advisers will be happy to guide and support you through your journey to the UK. We look forward to hearing from you! Alternatively, head over to our Facebook Group: IMG Advisor for an online support network of IMG’s who want to relocate to the UK.

A snapshot of... Birmingham

By Gabrielle Richardson
April 30, 2018

Most people think of Birmingham as a city of industry but today, the UK’s second largest city has been transformed into a place of culture, green space, and is welcoming to thousands of businesses both from the UK and internationally. Birmingham’s population is over 1.1 million, 3.8 million in the Greater Metropolitan area, and is the most ethnically diverse city in the entire UK. The official language is English but there are over 108 languages spoken in the city. Widely spoken languages include Urdu, Punjabi, Bengali and many others. Also, the city has a youthful population as 45.7% of Birmingham’s population is under the age of thirty. Where should I live? Compared to other major UK and global cities, flat and house prices in Birmingham are considered reasonable. The price will vary area to area but the figures below will give you an indication of what is available in different areas. Moseley Mosely is a leafy suburb, located just two miles south of the city-centre and was recently voted the best place to live in Britain by The Sunday Times. This area is a popular choice for families and young professionals as the area is full of eateries, vintage shops, and green space. Moseley holds a famous farmers market on the last Saturday of every month which attracts residents from all over the city. Furthermore, in the heart of the suburb is the beautiful Moseley park, a member’s only park – but inside the area, you will find 11 acres of green space and a tranquil lake. The park also holds annual music events such as jazz, funk and soul festivals. Rented properties in Moseley range from £325 per month for a studio property to £700 for a two-bedroom terraced house. The area offers a wide range of properties from modern apartments to large Victoria detached homes. City Centre The city-centre is bustling with diversity, artistry, and creativity. This is often a popular area for young professionals to reside as the centre offers endless places to shop with the popular shopping centre the Bullring in addition to the sophisticated bars and restaurants available. Rented properties in the city centre range from £595 per month for a one-bedroom studio apartment to £875 per month for a two bedroom flat. With a range of properties on offer in the vibrant city centre you have a choice of townhouses and converted factories in the Jewellery Quarter to penthouse apartments close to Brindley Place and Broad Street.             Sutton Coldfield Sutton Coldfield is a historic town granted royal status by King Henry VIII in the 16th Century and was reaffirmed by Parliament in 2014. The area’s affluence can still be demonstrated by Sutton Coldfield’s architecture. The area’s most popular landmark is the 3,400-acre Sutton Park, which welcomes two million visitors each year as the park offers playgrounds, restaurants, seven lakes and a donkey sanctuary. The town centre offers both high street and independent shops, a vibrant restaurant community, and the cultural hub of town ranges from the Highbury Theatre to the impressive art deco Empire Cinema. Furthermore, Sutton Coldfield’s Good Hope Hospital delivers accident and emergency services to a catchment population of around 450,000 people across North Birmingham and South-East Staffordshire. Average Monthly Living Expenses Housing Price Monthly rent for 900Sqft furnished accommodation in an expensive area £1,000 Monthly rent for 900Sqft furnished accommodation in a normal area £700 Utilities for two people £140   Entertainment Cost Basic dinner out for two in a neighbourhood pub £29 2 tickets to the theatre £96 Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant including starters, mains, desserts, and wine £56 Cup of coffee £2.90 Pint of Beer £4.16 1 month of gym membership £28 Transport Birmingham’s location is at the heart of the country which means that the city is a natural transport hub for the whole of the UK. There are eight local railway lines with services running up to every ten-minutes, mainline train services, and the motorway network link Birmingham to every major UK city while Birmingham Airport provides access to the rest of Europe and the world.              Train New Street Station – The newly redeveloped New Street Station alone has the capacity for 52 million passengers a year and is the busiest interchange station in the UK with a train leaving the station every 37 seconds. 1,250 trains travel through the platforms each day with regular services to London Euston, Manchester, Liverpool, the North West and Scotland. High Speed 2 – The proposed HS2 is a railway that will link Birmingham to London, the East Midlands, Leeds, Sheffield, and Manchester – significantly reducing the travel time between each location. At present, the average journey time from Birmingham New Street to London is 1 hour 24 minutes which will reduce to 49 minutes on HS2 – taking off 40% from the journey time. It is expected that the arrival of HS2 will act as a catalyst generating an additional £4 billion in economic output across the West Midlands bringing an additional 50,000 jobs. Fastest Direct Trains London Euston – 1 hour 24 minutes London Marylebone – 1 hour 43 minutes Manchester Piccadilly – 1 hour 26 minutes Liverpool Lime Street – 1 hour 34 minutes Edinburgh – 5 hours 6 minutes Leeds – 1 hour 58 minutes Bristol Temple Meads – 1 hour 24 minutes             Air Birmingham Airport is the third largest airport outside of London and over 10 million people a year use its services. The airport has recently benefited from a £200m improvement programme which included a runway extension. The airport flies to over 140 destinations worldwide, including, Dubai, Paris, New York, and Delhi.             Bus Once in the city travelling by bus is the most popular form of public transport across the city and the entire West Midlands with more than a million journeys every day. The city is well served by an extensive network of coach services which make use of the motorway network for quick, reliable and affordable access to regional and national destinations. Education in Birmingham The majority of children who reside in Birmingham are educated in state schools. Most of Birmingham’s primary schools are maintained schools under the control of the local education authority. However, 48 of Birmingham’s secondary state schools are now academies. In addition, there are many voluntary aided schools, primarily religious schools including Islamic, Jewish and Roman Catholic schools. Fun Facts about Birmingham Birmingham has more canals than Venice with 56km of waterways It is known as one of the UK’s greenest cities with over 8,000 acres and 600 parks and open spaces. According to the city council, that’s more than Paris The city is the third most popular place to shop in the whole of the UK Birmingham is part of the Délice Network – a global network of “Good Food Cities” The city has five Michelin-starred restaurants, more than any other UK city outside of London There are over 100 Balti houses in the city and its famous “Balti Triangle” attracts over 20,000 visitors a week Things to do in Birmingham Cadbury's World Cadbury’s World has gone to be one of Birmingham’s largest leisure attractions and welcomes over 500,000 visitors each year whilst delivering a respected education programme. Cadbury’s World currently features 14 zones which tell the story of chocolate and the Cadbury business through video presentations, multi-sensory cinema, interactive displays and activities and staff demonstrations. On average, people spend around 3-4 hours visiting Cadbury’s World and the last admission is always an hour and a half before closing time. Please note that opening times vary depending on the time of year – so always check in advance, and our advice is to pre-book your tickets. Tickets cost £17 for an adult and £12.50 for a child. The Bull Ring The Bull Ring is a major commercial area of Central Birmingham. It has been an important feature of Birmingham since the Middle Ages, when its first market was held. The Bullring has over 160 desirable shops to explore and since opening in 2003 the Bullring has helped to transform shopping in Birmingham – making it one of the most popular destinations for retail therapy in the UK. It houses one of only four Selfridges department stores and has the fourth largest Debenhams and Forever 21. Arts and Culture Birmingham has invested heavily in its arts and culture for many decades – more than £3 billion over the last 25 years and now more than £80 million annually. The artistic culture of Birmingham offers the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and Birmingham Royal Ballet. Impressive venues include the Hippodrome Theatre and the Drum, one of the UK’s biggest African, Asian and Caribbean art centres. Birmingham’s cultural diversity is reflected in the arts: the centre of the Asian music industry, the UK’s centre for Garage Music and the base of the UK’s first South Asian Music Performance and Dance company. The city celebrates its artistic culture with annual festivals of jazz, comedy, poetry, film, literature, and television.                   Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery The museum is a vibrant museum in the heart of the city with over 40 galleries displaying world-class collections of art, social history, archaeology, and ethnography. The museum offers centuries of European history and culture and is home to art collections of international importance, there is also a celebration of local and industrial history in the ever-changing exhibitions. The museum is open 10am to 5pm every day. Canal Boat Trip As previously mentioned, Birmingham has more canals than Venice and the canal boat trips depart multiple times every day from the International Convention Centre quayside in the heart of Birmingham. This is a great way to explore the city’s industrial heritage as the trip will guide you along quiet stretches of the canal, which started the first industrial revolution over 200 years ago. Drawbacks of Birmingham Crowded Birmingham is the second biggest city in the UK and as a result is very crowded. This means it can take a long time to get from A to B in the morning and after work. Saturated Job Market Please note that Birmingham is located right in the centre of the UK and a popular place to reside to the job market is very saturated. Therefore, when you are choosing your location to move to in the UK it is important to consider surrounding areas. There are excellent hospital’s in the following areas which surround the city of Birmingham: Dudley, Warwick, Royal Leamington Spa, Coventry, Wolverhampton and Leicester. If you are an IMG who is interested in relocating to Birmingham or any other UK destination then send your CV to [email protected] – and one of our Specialist Advisers will be happy to help.

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