North Hertfordshire offers a high quality of life and superb working environment. The combination of attractive towns, rural surroundings, skilled and reliable workforce and excellent transport links makes North Herts an appealing location for investment and a popular place to live and work. The district sits between Luton and Milton Keynes to the west, Cambridge to the north, Stevenage to the east and London, 30 miles to the south.

The district’s towns are all linked by rail to London (30-40 minutes) and the north of England and Scotland. By road the A1(M) passes through the district, with the M1 closeby offering easy links to the M25 and the North. London Luton airport is 15 minutes from Hitchin whilst London Stansted and London Heathrow are both within an hour by road.

There are few large employers in the district and the majority of businesses are small and medium enterprises employing fewer than 50 persons. This makes the economy particularly resilient. Numerically the largest employment sector is hotels, distribution and catering which involve roughly 27% of the workforce. Financial and business services together with public administration and education together accounts for 41% of the working population each with 14% in manufacturing (Source: ABI 2008).

A growing sector for new and expanding business is in the knowledge based economy (medium and hi-tech manufacturing and hi-tech services) reflecting the high standards of education in the district and the influence of local colleges and universities.

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