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Living And Working In Ipswich

February 28, 2022
Joanna Clare

Ipswich is a town which lies in the county of Suffolk which is situated in East Anglia, England, only ten kilometres inland from the coastline and on the estuary of the River Orwell.

The population of Ipswich is around 178,000 with the town being just under 40 square kilometres. It is a large port town with an interesting history and is recognised as being one of the oldest towns in the UK. The town actually has over 650 listed buildings

Ipswich claims to be the oldest town with a continuous settlement and it has seen much activity during the centuries. The Romans, the Vikings and the Saxons have all left their mark here as well as royalty. The town’s dock was once of huge significance for trade of all kinds of import and export goods from soap to grains. Ship building was also once a major part of the dockyards of the River Orwell and the port remained busy. The port is still in operation today and worked successfully all throughout the recent pandemic with its main imports being grain and specialised timbers. Over two million tonnes of cargo are handled here each year.

Ipswich has a proficient and spirited workforce and is a thriving hotspot for highly skilled jobs with an emphasis on all  technology related industries, manufacturing and public sector jobs. In 2018, research showed that this peaceful yet dynamic town had the fastest growing economy in all of the UK.

Huge investments which were ploughed into the waterfront has definitely paid off as it is now a huge and inspiring feature for Ipswich with the quayside being home to many bars, bistros and restaurants which host relaxing views over the marina. Many exciting events are held here throughout the seasons such as the popular Maritime Festival

Ipswich is home to many attractions such as the beautiful Christchurch Park and equally stunning Holywells Park, the fascinating and historic Christchurch Mansion, the Ipswich Transport Museum, plus much more.

The University of Suffolk is a fairly new university, having opened in 2007, yet has proved itself to be not only ambitious but also successful. Last year the university rose a staggering 30 places in the Guardian University Guide, placing it at number 67 out of a possible 121.

Properties here saw a large increase in prices last year, some even up to £100,000 more for certain places in Suffolk with an average asking price of around £320,000. It is fast emerging into one of the most desirable places to live and it is easy to see why.

As most towns and cities are very well connected by road and rail, Ipswich is no exception and offers straightforward and swift routes.

One of the loveliest features in the nearby areas which is due to its most easterly proximity, is that one can witness the most glorious sunrises before anyone else!

Looking for a Career in Ipswich? We are hosting a careers fair at Novotel Ipswich Centre on Thursday 3rd March & Thursday 8th September, between the times of 10am-2pm. Ours event are completely free for jobseekers and are a great way to meet hiring companies around the city. Find out more here!

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