Great read Sarah. Love the honesty about walking alone at night but wouldn't you agree its the same across the planet!
I too have grown up in the area (Blue Orchid and Pals!) and was very resistant about working in Central Croydon when an opportunity came up a couple of years ago. Now I genuinely love working here, the city feel is getting stronger all the time.
It really is an exciting time to be here and as another of our tech start up members has quoted since moving from London ‘ Intcas is now a bigger fish in a smaller pond attracting talented staff who are fed up with the city slog and happy to settle in the Kent/Surrey borders.’