North Worcestershire - the natural environment for business

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Why North Worcestershire?

North Worcestershire is home to the five thriving towns of Bromsgrove, Redditch, Kidderminster, Stourport and Bewdley and, of course, the beautiful rolling countryside that surrounds them.

Not only are the three principal towns of Bromsgrove, Redditch and Kidderminster innovation hubs with a reputation for consistently producing remarkable startups, but they're also home to a number of multinational and global firms.

Being so close to Birmingham, the area is served by superb regional, national and international transport links and has access to a tremendous skills base.

North Worcestershire has a strong manufacturing heritage and the sector remains an importaint source of employment and economic growth, with vibrant industrial zones in Redditch, South Kidderminster Enterprise Park and South Bromsgrove.

Well-established business sectors in North Worcestershire are:

  • Advanced engineering – with a focus on automotive and aerospace industries;
  • Food & drink production and processing;
  • Transport & logistics operations – benefitting from the area’s location at the heart of England's transport network with a large and diverse market on the doorstep;
  • Financial & business services – with the area combining competitive property and great life quality , it presents an attractive alternative to London and the south east, with easy access to London, UK and overseas markets. 

Beyond the buzz of North Worcestershire's thriving towns lies the tranquil beauty of surrounding countryside and villages. This green and pleasant land offers a huge array of Leisure activities for young and old alike, including the Wyre Forest, Lickey Hills, Severn Valley Railway and the West Midlands Safari and Leisure Park.  Other nearby major attractions include Stratford upon Avon and the cities of Worcester and Birmingham with their international, cultural, sporting and entertainment venues.

Importantly, North Worcestershire has a highly skilled workforce which can meet the needs of businesses looking to grow or move into the area.  More than 30 per cent  of the economically active population aged 16 to 64 is qualified to NVQ4 + level.

Additionally, the area is expert at keeping up with changing skills demands, thanks to close relationships with the business communities and local schools and colleges. One great example of this interaction between commerce and education is the Harley Davidson initiative; the UK’s only Harley Davidson Training University, a state-of-the-art facility, in Bromsgrove.

Another is a partnership between samsung at The Academy. Other exciting initiatives include a special website dedicated to matching businesses with students Worcestershire Skills Central which provides a unique opportunity for education establishments and businesses throughout Worcestershire to build and develop closer working relationships.

Property in North Worcestershire is highly competitive. The average price of a residential property in Wyre Forest is £172,000; Bromsgrove, £221,000 and Redditch £166,000 compared with a UK figure of £239,000 (January – March 2013 prices). Comparative rents for commercial property are harder to come by – and vary considerably according to type and location – but research would suggest that costs are generally lower than the UK average for this type of property as well.

North Worcestershire districts play an active part in both the Greater Birmingham and the Worcestershire  Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs). We are uniquely positioned to take advantage of the potential benefits of projects such as Birmingham’s Longbridge regeneration project and Solihull’s proposals to develop UK Central  – a unique concentration of strategic economic assets including the NEC, Birmingham Airport and Jaguar Land Rover.


 

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