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Uttlesford is ranked as one of the top ten places to live in the UK with one of the most vibrant economies in the area.


Why move your business to Uttlesford? 

We like to think of ourselves as a hidden gem. Many people do not know where to find us - the district is in North West Essex within easy reach of both Cambridge and London - and yet the area is regularly rated as one of the best places to live and work in the country. In fact Uttlesford was named by the Halifax's 2018 Rural Areas Quality of Life Survey as the best rural place to live in the East of England - and in the top ten for the whole of the UK!

Uttlesford is a unique district; largely rural in nature with thriving market towns and an International airport. Much of our economy takes place outside our historic town centres and we are perfectly positioned to be a key part of the UK Innovation Corridor running between London and Cambridge. Companies on the nearby Chesterford Research Park are some of the districts largest employers.        

Economically Uttlesford is comparatively buoyant with residents having above average skills and income levels. In 2019 a total of 5,435 businesses operating within the borders, of these almost 91% are classified as micro operations employing fewer than 10 people.

We are one of the best connected districts in the County with 98% of the district having access to Superfast Broadband by December 2021. By Summer 2021 the Ultrafast GPs Local Full Fibre Network (LFFN) project will be delivering 'full fibre' broadband infrastructure to provide ultrafast digital connectivity, capable of speeds up to 1Gbps - up to 30 times faster than superfast broadband - to GP surgery sites across the Uttlesford district, helping to put them at the forefront of digital health care. In addition, the new broadband network built to the surgeries will also support future demand for fibre broadband from the residential and business properties located in the areas around the surgeries


Business development rate relief

The council has created a discretionary business development rate relief scheme that provides additional discounts to eligible businesses.

Find out more about the business development rate relief scheme business development rate relief.

Contact the Economic Development Team if you want to discuss relocating your business to the district business@uttlesford.gov.uk

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