Leicestershire is a mainly rural county with picturesque villages, rolling farmland and a number of historic towns including Loughborough, Melton Mowbray, Market Harborough, Hinckley, Coalville and Ashby de la Zouch.
Perfectly located, London can be reached from Leicester by train in just over one hour. The county is home to East Midlands airport and benefits from links to the motorway network from the M1.
With a population of over 650,000, the area is generally affluent and unemployment is below the national average. Leicestershire ranks amongst the top places to bring up a family and the cost of living is low. House prices in Leicestershire are well below the national average - so you get more for your money.
Investment in the future
Leicestershire has the largest economy in the East Midlands, and is home to major international businesses including Next, Caterpillar, Santander, and DHL.
With strong creative industries, food manufacturing, and health sectors, Leicestershire's a great place to do business. It's the space capital of the UK with a reputation for leading aerospace technology.
With recent government investment in a new enterprise zone at Hinckley, and a further £13.4m to help get proposed developments off the ground, economic growth is expected to create 25,000 jobs and attract £2.5 billion of private investment.
Schools in Leicestershire are amongst the best in the country. And with three world class universities, we have a tradition of innovation across many sectors.
A great place to live and visit
Boasting wonderful scenery, the county is full of churches, castles and museums. Steeped in history, residents can enjoy world-famous Roman artefacts at Harborough, or absorb Victorian engineering at Foxton Locks. Leicestershire was the site of the famous Battle of Bosworth, where King Richard III was defeated and the impressive visitor attraction is run by the County Council.
Wherever you are in Leicestershire, you are never very far from beautiful countryside - and there are many ways to explore it. Walkers, cyclists and horse riders are well catered for, or you could explore the county's waterways by narrowboat.
Leicester is a top ten 10 retail destination. Its thriving cultural scene includes the impressive Curve Theatre, as well as the nationally-renowned Leicester Comedy Festival. The county hosts a celebrated festival of archaeology, a popular wood fair and much more.
Within easy reach of the urban centres of Nottingham, Derby and Birmingham, even more entertainment is on the doorstep. And the tranquillity of Rutland Water, the National Forest and even the Peak District is never far away.
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