Slough has come out on top of a survey of the 25 best cities to live and work in, beating Manchester and Cambridge in the top three.
It is regarded as a “privileged place” for jobs, cost of living and the satisfaction of the workers in the research by jobs site Glassdoor.
Head offices for brands such as Mars and O2 are based there.
The city is also the scene of sitcom The Office, on a fictitious role of the company in a drab industrial estate.
Swindon and Stoke-on Trent were fourth and fifth in the study, respectively.
Nancy Lalor of the Slough Chamber of Commerce said he is not surprised by the study: “We have a lot of head offices that are based in Slough, so that many ‘societies’, and an incredible trade in goods with more than 350 companies, so I think that it is in reality.
“There is so much new construction, much of development is happening in the city, every few months, the general appearance of the city is changing and I think people are inspired by what is going on.”
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The city without a soul image was also strengthened by the poet John Betjeman, who wrote the poem Slough in 1937, with the lines: “Come friendly bombs and fall on Slough! It is not suitable for human beings”.
However, Glassdoor research shows Slough offers a good quality of life for employees, with an average salary of Â£35,000 per year, the average house costing Â£ 390,000 people, and 26,000 vacancies that are advertised.
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The dr. Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor’s chief economist, said Slough is in a part of the country that offers “pleasant environments”, which means “an increase in the quality of life of employees”.
He added: “Although people in London are satisfied in general, it has been shown not only to be an expensive place to live, but also an ultra-competitive city in which to find a job.”