Financial Times: UK’s migrant entrepreneurs seek out fellow countrymen

UK’s migrant entrepreneurs seek out fellow countrymen

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While the migrant entrepreneur population of London is a melting pot of nationalities, some other UK cities play host to concentrations of founders from specific countries.

Birmingham is home to 8,639 German entrepreneurs, for instance, while Canterbury has 1,814 founders from the Netherlands.

This reflects the tendency for people to establish themselves in places where a number of compatriots already live.

For instance, Harrow, which has a long established Indian community of residents, has 2,847 entrepreneurs from the country.

Atul Pathak, who moved from India to the UK in 1983, is now one of the country’s most successful restaurant franchise owners.

Mr Pathak opened his first McDonald’s in Hanwell a decade ago and now has 20 of them in west and northwest London, with a combined turnover of over £35m.

“I am immensely proud of being an Indian, but the UK is my home and the place where I have raised my children,” he says. “I am committed to making as much of a contribution as possible to those communities that my restaurants serve.”

Clusters of migrants from particular countries help push some smaller cities up the league table of most popular places for migrants to found businesses. For instance, Cardiff in Wales, which is the ninth largest centre for overseas founders in the UK, has 2,768 Chinese entrepreneurs.

Founders from some countries are evenly spread between cities. Of the 10,931 Romanian entrepreneurs in the UK, for instance, 3,341 are in London, while the rest are spread across the UK.

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