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Living And Working In Bolton

Joanna Clare

Bolton is a large and culturally diverse town in northern England which although is officially a part of Greater Manchester and makes up one of the ten metropolitan boroughs, many people class Bolton as being in Lancashire. It is situated close to the West Pennine Moors and is ten miles northwest of Manchester. The nearest airport to Bolton is Manchester Airport with a typical flight time to London taking around one hour.

Once just a small village, Bolton began to thrive and grow rapidly during the seventeenth century due to the cotton weaving industry. From the late eighteenth century onwards, Bolton transformed due to the Industrial Revolution and became very popular as the cotton industry expanded and dominated the town. It became one of the biggest and most productive places for cotton spinning in the world.

Bolton is home to several major manufacturing and logistics companies with many rapidly expanding companies also in sectors such as construction, healthcare, education, retail, digital and I.T, energy companies and financial and legal services. The town is undergoing a multi million pound regeneration programme and is fully focused upon the future of the town and its communities, with some highly ambitious plans being implemented to make Bolton into a place to live, work and invest in.

The people of Bolton are renowned for being hard working and resilient characters with a typical northern warmth and wit in addition to their straight talking ways with a sense of community being especially important in the town.

Bolton has a range of high quality schools and the friendly and popular University of Bolton has been placed in the top 50 universities by The Guardian this year, and offers many incredible courses with fantastic teaching ~ the university was recently in the top 5 for both teaching quality and student satisfaction.

Bolton is home to several historic landmarks such as Bolton Town Hall which was built between 1866 - 1873 and showcases some fascinating stonework and intricate carvings and Smithills Hall which is a historic manor house dating back to the 14th century in parts. Bolton is also known for its football team, Bolton Wanderers F.C. The town boasts a rich cultural scene with several museums, theatres and art galleries, including the Octagon Theatre and the Bolton Museum and Art Gallery.

Bolton has a variety of shopping options available, from high street retailers to independent boutiques and a historic market experience ~ both indoor and outdoor.

Bolton is surrounded by picturesque countryside which offers plenty of opportunity for outdoor pursuits and scenic walks. Nearby are Jumbles Country Park, Moses Gate Country Park and Smithills Country Park whilst just to the north of Bolton you will discover the beautiful Turton and Entwistle Reservoir. Rivington Pike is a hilltop location which is popular with hikers and walkers alike.

Bolton is affordable in terms of both housing costs and general living expenses compared to other areas in Greater Manchester, has excellent transport links, breathtaking scenery and lots of culture which makes the town an attractive place to live for those seeking a balance of urban and rural living.

Are you looking for a Career in Bolton? You are invited to attend our Bolton Careers Fair held at Albert Halls on Wednesday 29th March, between the times of 10am-2pm. Don't miss out and secure your ticket today!

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