Spotlight on ... Saffron Walden
One of the hidden gems in Essex, Saffron Walden is a vibrant place to do business.
|Its range of ancient timbered buildings and soaring church spire gives Saffron Walden an old world air. Yet it is only just 15 miles to the south of Cambridge and is well connected by road, rail and air.
With both new development and an historic and rural environment existing in harmony, the town is often cited as offering some of the best quality of life in the UK. In the centre there's an array of independent and unique boutique shops, cafes, restaurants and galleries. Since 1141 a market has been held here and its still going strong - every Tuesday and Saturday traders set up a variety of stalls selling fresh fruit and vegetables, bread, cakes, coffee, jewellery, local meat, clothing, plants, flowers and fish.
Beyond the town centre there are a number of small business parks with a new facility, including a range of out of town retail units, currently being developed. Uttlesford District Council and companies on the nearby Chesterford Research Park are some of the largest local employers.
Economically the the local area is comparatively buoyant with an employment rate of 79.7% (Oct 2017-Sep 2018) and a total of 5,365 businesses operating within the borders. Of these almost 91% are classified as micro operations employing fewer than 10 people.