Invest in Braintree District
We can offer opportunities for your business
With an ideal location between Stansted Airport and the Freeport at Felixstowe and Harwich, our district offers flexible employment facilities, a skilled workforce, quality of life and space to grow – for less.
More than 10,000 companies call this region their home, from leading hi-tech businesses to small new start-ups.
Increasingly, companies are choosing this region because they can get better value for their money.
Why you should invest in Braintree District
We are serviced by three main A-roads, the A12, A120 and A131. Our roads provide easy access to the M11 and Cambridge, Stansted Airport and the regional growth centres of Colchester and Chelmsford. The A120 also connects us to the Freeport at Felixstowe and Harwich.
Consideration is also being given to plans which will see parts of the A120 upgraded from a single to dual carriageway further improving the flow of traffic towards Freeport East.
Getting to London is easy from the railway station at Witham. Businesses can be in the centre of London at Liverpool Street in as little as 45 minutes.
Key business sites
Our district offers a range of cost effective commercial opportunities to help businesses grow.
From innovation hubs to industrial units, hi-tech units to office spaces and distribution warehouses.
Our district is growing and the range and quality of property is increasing due to on-going demand and development opportunities.
We are actively creating opportunities for commercial development and growth through the release of employment land.
The rents and values of commercial properties are very competitive as evidenced by the high demand from both occupiers and investors.
Skills & workforce
We have a skilled workforce and talent pool, including graduates and trained workers accomplished in many growth sectors.
44% are in professional roles and 34% are educated to NVQ Level 4 or above.
A working population of 80,600 is supported by 52 primary schools and 8 secondary schools. We have a dedicated further education and training college for science, technology, engineering and maths subjects.
The working age population 5-year growth forecast for our region is +1.4% compared to +0.6% for the rest of the UK.
Quality of life
Our rural setting, beautiful parks, historic venues and quaint villages offer employees opportunities to engage in a healthy work life balance.
From colourful, bustling market towns to pretty villages, historic pubs to award winning vineyards, a designer shopping village to medieval barns, there is something for everyone.
Property prices are competitive. There are properties to suit every budget with house prices around 36% lower than Cambridge.