Attractive and historic, Norwich is a prosperous town with a growing science and technology sector. It is the promising business climate though which complements SITU's Norwich serviced apartments so perfectly.
The historic city of Norwich and its approximate 140,000 population is based in the county of Norfolk in East Anglia. From the city centre, it is no further than a forty-minute drive from the eastern coast. Whereas, the major hubs of businesses and corporates, such as Peterborough, Cambridge and Colchester, are around an hour and a half away. By car, the city is accessible from all angles via the A11, A47 and A140 which all meet to connect to Norwich’s centre.
As well as the practicality of the excellent road links, the city is also easily accessible from the international airport. It is only five minutes away from the centre, whilst the train station is based just outside of Norwich City Football Club’s stadium, Carrow Road. The city is also located along the River Wensum, above its confluence with the River Yare flowing from the east. The River Yare flows through to Great Yarmouth on the eastern coastline before it reaches the North Sea. Making a trip to the seaside resort town of Great Yarmouth can be easy when staying at Norwich aparthotels.
Norwich has a rich history, considering its long-standing status as the capital of East Anglia. The Anglo-Saxons were the first to build settlements in the city. It was from these communities that the name ‘Northwic’ derived. From small beginnings, the settlements grew before Norwich became the largest walled town in Medieval England. Then followed the Norman Conquest in 1066, leading Norwich to become one of the UK’s most important boroughs with regard to trade and new industry. It was not until 1194 though that Norwich had ‘city’ status. With more power and influence though came heavier consequences to social and economic downfalls. The impacts of key historical events such as the Black Death, the Peasant’s Revolt and the World Wars were harsh and left the city requiring extra time and funds for a full recovery.
However, each time the city was able to bounce back. Its population grew by 160,000 between the late seventeenth and twentieth centuries, its local agriculture and infrastructure continued to develop, and the public transportation network and facilities continued to improve. Perhaps the greatest resurgence followed the Second World War. After being bombed over forty times, damaging 30,000 houses, 100 factories and targeted historic sites, the city re-emerged. Rebuilding started in the 1950s. This led to the creation of the central library in (1963) and the University of East Anglia, which continues today to be one of the country’s top universities.
If truth be told, it would take hours to explain the city’s entire history. However, the many historic sites which still stand today are able to individually tell stories of Norwich’s rich history. Being near any historic attractions is achievable when staying in Norwich city apartments.
Businesses in the energy, food and agricultural sectors thrive most in the Norwich. In fact, the agricultural industry has always been closely associated with Norwich. The city belongs to one of the last regions in the UK to thrive from the agricultural sector, with it approximately contributing £2.2 billion to the regional economy.
Furthermore, for a city with a relatively small population, Norwich is considerably well served for grants. Schemes include the Grants4Growth, the Growing Business Fund and Small Grant Scheme and the Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Initiative. They can all provide both start-up and existing businesses, with substantial funding and support for ventures in Norwich. It is this kind of support that has enabled the likes of Norwich Research Park, to earn enterprise zone status. All in all, the potential to successfully do business in Norwich is evidently high. The welcoming climate makes even just small corporate visits to the city appealing. Especially when staying in Norwich short term accommodation.
Recent surveys also suggest Norwich is one of the UK's most popular places to live, study, work and do business. Due to a vibrant, welcoming attitude as well as a healthy community spirit embedded within Norwich, the city has a lot to offer for new start-ups and those making general business trips. As mentioned before, the transport links in-and-out of Norwich are excellent. Business travel across the city is easy thanks to one-way road network system and the Park & Ride schemes in operation. What’s more, for extra convenience, there is a plentiful number of car parks across the city too. Maintaining a busy business schedule in Norfolk’s capital can be easy thanks to the ease of public transportation, combined with a stay in Norwich corporate accommodation.
Despite the clear approach from the community of Norwich to move forward and develop infrastructurally, the city does also still possess historic attractions worth visiting. Perhaps the most significant historic monument in the city is the magnificent Romanesque Cathedral. Guests can choose to book stays in Norwich corporate housing near this amazing structure. There is a chance to appreciate the daily choral evensong by the choir or some of the largest monastic cloisters in the country. It also has the second tallest spire in England, reaching over 315ft tall.
However, this holy structure is just one of the twelve Norwich heritage sites. The Norwich Heritage Economic and Regeneration Trust (HEART) made an initiative to develop and maintain all twelve of these iconic buildings. Particularly popular amongst the locals is Norwich castle, built in the eleventh century throughout the Norman Conquest aftermath. Alternatively, visitors can admire The Guildhall, England’s most elaborate provincial Medieval city hall or the Surrey House, one of the most elegant Edwardian office buildings.
The local people and tourists also thoroughly enjoy the largest green space and home for wildlife in Norwich, Whitlingham Country Park. This park looks out onto the beautiful Whitlingham Great Park and the River Yare that runs through. The whole Country Park can make for a lovely day out. It encourages long walks, scenic picnics and even a guided boat tour along the River if you fancy. Surrounded by lush greenery and woodlands, it is almost hard to believe how close it is to the city.
Ultimately, to make the most of visits to all these attractions and historic sites within a potentially busy business trip schedule, it is worth staying in Norwich extended stay apartments.
Norwich International Airport is the busiest airport in the East Anglia region, with over three hundred worldwide connections. The airport is easily reachable by car, being only a fifteen-minute journey from the centre of Norwich via the A1402 and A140.
The airport also benefits from a practical Park & Ride bus system, offering cheaper parking rates than within the airport. Over five hundred buses travel between Thickthorn, the City Centre and the airport. For taxis, the Norwich Airport Taxi Association (NATA) is the only company to operate from just outside the terminal.
Alternatively, London Stansted Airport (STN) is only 65 miles away, providing additional destinations within easy reach.
Norwich Railway Station is the city’s main train station and the eastern terminus of the Great Eastern Main Line. It is only a ten-minute walk from the city centre, with plenty of bus connections to the University and the international airport.
The main route running south is to London, taking approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes via Ipswich and Colchester. The north/western route runs towards Cambridge and Peterborough. From Peterborough, there are connections up to Scotland and the East Coast.
Norwich has a bus station located on Surrey Street, which is a major hub for local and long-distance bus and coach services in-and-out of the city.
There are National Express buses running to and from London, which is a cheaper but longer alternative to the rail services. There are regular coaches’ services to the major airports - London's Stansted, Heathrow and Gatwick.