Chelmsford is the only city in Essex, and has a rich history dating back to Roman times. More recently it is known as the birthplace of Marconi’s radio, and home of the V Festival at Hylands Park.
The city is well connected and benefits from an extensive road network offering easy access to the A12, A130, A414 and junction 28 of the M25, together with a direct rail link to London Liverpool Street in just 35 minutes. These connections ensure Chelmsford can operate both as a successful business destination in its own right, and as a haven for commuters escaping London.
- Chelmsford has a thriving economy, with over 11,000 businesses and 80,000 jobs
- Chelmsford contributes £3.4 billion to the national economy and major employers include BAE, M&G, E2V, Amlin and The Royal Sun Alliance.
- It is the administrative centre of Essex and is home to the County Council, courts and many other government functions.
- It has the busiest rail station in the east of England, with over 7m passengers a year.
- It is home to some of the best performing schools in England and the Anglia Ruskin University.
- The city has recently been voted the happiest place to live in the UK (UINVUE).
- Voted one of the top 10 most ‘Credit Crunch Resistant Towns’ (CACI 2010).
- There are 8,000 new homes currently planned and under construction in the city centre and on urban extension sites.
- Chelmsford's workforce is highly skilled with a third qualified to NVQ level 4 or above and growing at a faster rate than the national average.
- Ongoing improvements to key High Street areas, refresh of street furniture, planting and upgrading Wayfinding markers throughout.