Worcestershire has recently achieved the strongest growth in higher level workforce skills across England between 2010-2014.

A high proportion of the county’s workforce are employed in high-tech manufacturing – four times the regional average and twice the national figure, and more than 911,000 people live within a 45 minute commute catchment area for Worcester, at the centre of the county. 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.

Worcestershire is a place where people want to live. Millions of tourists are attracted to the county’s 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. Worcestershire is an incredibly desirable place for people to live and work and for the price of a very modest apartment in London; you can buy a 4-bedroomed family house close to the Malvern Hills.

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 Worcestershire’s doorstep, offers flights to more than 100 international locations.

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 in Worcestershire include: Yamazaki Mazak; GKN; Halfords Group; Bosch Thermotechnology; Morgan Motor Company and QinetiQ.

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 Worcester Six and Redditch Eastern Gateway; further exciting developments are also happening at Malvern Hills Science Park; South Kidderminster Enterprise Park.

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