How can Worcestershire's
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World Class Worcestershire

Ideally located between Birmingham and The Cotswolds, Worcestershire is the perfect headquarters for growing companies. At the heart of UK manufacturing and home to an international technology cluster, the county is one of the most-sought after destinations for people looking for a high quality place to live, work and invest.

People… your smarter local workforce.

The typical 45 minute commute area for Worcester includes a rich talent pool of people from Birmingham in the north, Warwick in the east and south to Gloucester. More than 911,000 people live in this catchment. The workforce has a high proportion of people working in high-tech manufacturing – four times the regional average and twice the national figure. School results consistently outperform both the region and national picture; and the 172,350 students at the ten universities within an hour’s drive are great for recruitment.

Lifestyle… to help you recruit and retain.

Worcestershire is a place where people want to live. With beautiful countryside that includes the Malvern Hills, Vale of Evesham and Cotswolds villages like Broadway, as well as the attractions of the historic cathedral city of Worcester, the county attracts millions of tourists. So just imagine how easy it is to attract people to live and work here. And for the price of a very modest apartment in London; you can buy a 4-bedroomed family house close to the Malvern Hills.

Connections… to give you greater reach.

Worcestershire offers businesses efficient connectivity thanks to ease of motorway access via both M5 and M42 between the Midlands and the South West. Better road and rail connections mean faster access to more customers and easier commutes for your workforce. Birmingham Airport, which is on our doorstep, offers flights to more than 100 international locations.

Companies… more supply-chain opportunities.

A vibrant mix of home-grown and international companies have created a diverse and fertile business environment where ideas and innovations flourish. Major companies with HQs located here include: Yamazaki Mazak; GKN; Halfords Group; Bosch Thermotechnology; Morgan Motor Company and QinetiQ. Thanks to our location, supply-chain opportunities across the Midlands and South West include automotive, aerospace, financial services, science and technology.

Sites… to match your ambitions.

Growing businesses need space to expand and Worcestershire has identified a number of ‘gamechanger’ sites that are the focus of investment and development activity – these are Malvern Hills Science Park; Redditch Eastern Gateway; South Kidderminster Enterprise Park; and Worcester Technology Park (Worcester Six).

Support… to help you succeed.

Across Worcestershire, a partnership of local agencies is committed to supporting business growth. A range of tailored business support can help you to grow or locate your business. This includes grants, for example, to assist with supply-chain development, low carbon initiatives and redundant buildings; as well as national schemes like Regional Growth Fund and Growing Places Fund. Worcestershire.Business.Central is the growth hub which can help growing firms.

  • “Worcestershire came out as our top choice because of the skilled workforce available in the region and its central location to the UK’s motorway network. The endless support from the local partners solidified our decision to move to Worcestershire.”

    Mike Harris
    Company Accountant

  • “What’s important to us is that we’re close to an established automotive industry. This means supply chains are extremely efficient and we can find staff with the right skills and experience.”

    Roger Graham
    Finance Director

  • “We chose Worcestershire for our European HQ and UK manufacturing facility because of its great location – it is close to motorways, airports and shipping ports.”

    Glenn Johnson
    Endurance Wind Power

  • “Worcestershire is a second home to me. There is always a spring in my step as I cross the bridge over the River Severn at Worcester to arrive at New Road, the most beautiful cricket ground in the world. As Patron of Worcestershire County Cricket Club, I am impressed by the new hotel and stadium development which will be a huge asset for the club, city and county for many years to come.”

    Mervyn King
    Former Governor of the Bank of England

  • “The most important part of our business is our people. We wanted to retain their experience, expertise and intellectual capacity and that’s why we chose to stay here in Malvern. Besides which, we have a good quality of life here. Worcestershire is a great place to live and consequently our staff retention levels are high.”

    Paul Walker
    Managing Director
    Malvern Instruments

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