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Living And Working In Exeter

Exeter is a small city in the county of Devon, around 175 miles from London and is situated in the south west of England. It lies by the appropriately named River Exe which originates from Exmoor before reaching its destination ~ the sea at Exmouth. Exeter has its own airport, regular trains to London and major routes out of the city via the M5.
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Joanna Clare
Content Manager
Published on
March 7, 2024

Exeter is a small city in the county of Devon, around 175 miles from London and is situated in the south west of England. It lies by the appropriately named River Exe which originates from Exmoor before reaching its destination ~ the sea at Exmouth. Exeter has its own airport, regular trains to London and major routes out of the city via the M5.

Centuries ago, historic Exeter began as a small Roman town which transformed much later on by successfully trading in wool. Now Exeter is a flourishing and ambitious city with a fast growing, strong economy which  often outperforms many locations within the UK regarding the ability to create jobs.

There are many large employers in the area and many smaller yet highly innovative companies. The economy of Exeter continues to attract investment and the city has many exciting plans for the future in both the public and private sectors.

Strong sectors here include healthcare, science, research, engineering, sales, education, technology, business, media and public services. The blend of a thriving knowledge sector, superfast connectivity and a fantastic variety of business accommodation and commercial premises help to make Exeter unique as a place to work with the city, especially appealing to creative and scientific based start ups. Exeter is supported by businesses  to embrace the city’s commitment to become carbon neutral by 2030.

Education is of a consistently good standard in Exeter and the University of Exeter is continuously ranked highly and offers world class research opportunities for its students which come from all over the globe. Exeter places huge importance upon a good education and over half of the city’s workforce is described as well qualified, which is significantly higher than the national average.

A town with a long and fascinating history, Exeter boasts a wealth of attractions such as  Exeter Cathedral which is one of Europe's most splendid gothic cathedrals and is over a thousand years old. The fascinating Underground Passages were originally built to contain pipes that supplied medieval Exeter with drinking water and are open to the public. The Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery has a wealth of fascinating displays and of course not forgetting the Historic Quayside which has undergone a fantastic transformation whilst still managing to retain its historical atmosphere. Choose from the many activities, shopping experiences, coffee shops, restaurants and places of interest and you can see for yourself why Exeter is so popular with people of all ages.

Due to the many parks and green spaces, Exeter has been listed as one of the greenest locations within the UK with the city centre itself being identified as the greenest in Britain. On the outskirts of Exeter, there are six Valley Parks which are managed by the Wildlife Trust and are often described as ‘countryside within the city’. The river offers some spectacular scenery, much of which is rich in wildlife including otters, kingfishers and is renowned for its well stocked salmon. Exeter is a thriving city which is set within a network of equally thriving rural and coastal towns and villages. Due to the superb quality of life, the balance between urban and rural and the charming green spaces, Exeter is a fantastic choice for both living and working.

The next event being hosted by the UK Careers Fair will be held on March 14th between 10am - 2pm. The venue is Mercure Exeter Rougemont Hotel, EX4 3SP. This spacious and elegant four star hotel dates back from the Victorian period and maintains many original features while offering all modern amenities.

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