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Living and Working in the East Midlands

May 11, 2021
Joanna Clare

The Midlands are split into two sub- regions -the East Midlands and the West Midlands, yet the East Midlands proudly retains a distinctive individuality all of its own which enhances its already apparent charm.

Incorporating Derbyshire, Leicestershire, parts of Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland, it has always had the capability to sustain itself quite comfortably due to its proximity to London with both the M1 and the A1 readily accessible and also a fantastic mainline rail service.

The East Midlands airport sees several million passengers annually and is also the second busiest airport for freight with DHL, UPS, TNT and Royal Mail all operating at a very large scale from here.

The region has a vast array of jobs especially in logistics, construction, manufacturing, engineering, farming, agriculture and tourism.

Vast regeneration is on the cards for the East Midlands which has been estimated to potentially create over 80,000 new jobs and thousands of new homes. Key sites have already been identified with the Midlands Engine, a coupling of private and public sectors working together promoting investment and economic growth, at the forefront. Its chairman, Sir John, said “ front of us is one of the biggest opportunities the UK has ever seen…”

You could be forgiven for assuming this is a built up region but this is not generally the case. Of course, there are larger towns and cities here but what is striking is the fact that you can so easily and quickly transport yourself to areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty such as the stunning Peak District and the splendid Lincolnshire Wolds that are contained within this region. 

With so much to see and do, it would be impossible to list them all but here are a few. The National Space Centre, Lincoln Cathedral, Belvoir Castle, Abraham Heights, Sherwood Forest, Skegness beach, the world's oldest working factory and many, many more.

House prices are widely affordable which makes commuting from London a popular option but they do vary slightly, with the most expensive being in Rutland which is understandable when you learn that this is the smallest county in England and is characterised by quaint villages. The historic features of the East Midlands shows itself well in the property market with an interesting mixture of period cottages and stately homes to more modern properties. 

Little wonder then that the people who live here seem to be so content.

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