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Living And Working In Stoke-on-Trent

Joanna Clare

The city of Stoke-on-Trent is situated in Staffordshire which is in central England. It is approximately 170 miles from London and other major cities nearby include Derby, Wolverhampton, Birmingham and Manchester. The nearest airport to Stoke on Trent is in Manchester which is around 25 miles away but there are regular rail services to London and you can be there in considerably less than two hours whereas an average drive will take a little more than three hours.

Stoke-on-Trent was famous for its pottery industry from the 1700’s and small factories started to appear and as time went by, a number of well established and well known companies were set up. These include household names such as Wedgewood, Spode and later on Doulton. As with most towns and cities, the introduction of the railways helped with trade enormously as it was more efficient than using the canal. Mining was also a prominent part of the economy and was a major employer but now the mines are just a memory.

In modern times, Stoke-on-Trent is still acclaimed for ceramics and boasts a healthy industry. The city has a strong manufacturing presence and many large and successful global companies are based here. In addition to manufacturing and engineering, the city has sector strengths in logistics and distribution, energy, creative and digital, professional services,life sciences and agritech.

At the end of last year, the UK Powerhouse predicted Stoke on Trent to  see its employment levels expand and to become the sixth most favoured place for employment growth for this year, 2022. The city is also focused on improving and transforming the city centre through regeneration projects which are proving to be highly successful.

Stoke-on-Trent is recognised for its many green spaces and the nearby River Trent has an abundance of wildlife

Staffordshire University has its main campus here and is a well established and popular university which offers high class facilities and opportunities to students from around the world.

Affectionately shortened to ‘Stoke’ or called ‘the Potteries’, this unique and friendly city offers much to do in the form of entertainment and leisure activities. The World of Wedgewood is an exciting family day out but there are several other equally interesting locations  if you wish to  appreciate the pottery and ceramics. Trentham Monkey Forest is a marvellous woodland setting where monkeys roam free and there are several tranquil parks and gardens to explore such as Trentham Gardens and Longton Park.

The city is brimming with many tempting places to eat and drink. Make sure you sample an oatcake which is a delicious savoury cake which is considered a speciality to the area. Visit at least one of the shopping centres where you can find all the big names in retail as well as markets and quirky independent shops.

According to a major online estate agent, the average price for a property here is around £184,000. This year, a survey showed that the residents here live closer to green spaces than any other city  in Britain - the city offers  parks, wooded areas, canal walks and wonderful nearby rural scenery.

Looking for a Career in Stoke-on-Trent? We are hosting a careers fair at Stoke Town Hall on Thursday 1st 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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