Southend-on-Sea in Essex is one of the UK's most popular and well-established seaside resorts, within easy reach of London's East End. It boasts the world's longest pier and even has its own international airport.
Southend-on-Sea is a seaside resort town with borough status about 40 miles east of London. It is the largest town in the county of Essex. As expected for a town its size, Southend-on-Sea does have its own business and industry. The vast majority of the economy is based around the service sector and Southend’s position as one of the UK’s most well-known seaside resorts. Our serviced apartments give excellent access to the centre of this bustling town. We have a choice of apartments and are sure that you will find our Southend-on-Sea serviced apartments a spacious and affordable alternative to staying in a hotel.
The town’s approximate 180,000 population, and the significant bulk of tourists who visit benefit from excellent local transportation options. Southend-on-Sea benefits from two national rail lines, both of which run into London. Similarly, two A-roads – the A127 and A13 – connect the town to London and points onwards. Furthermore, London Southend Airport is an international airport and, since its purchase by the Stobart Group in 2008, has been undergoing major development and an extension to the runway. All in all, these transportation facilities enable both international and domestic travel from the security of your own corporate housing in Southend-on-Sea.
To summarise, Southend-on-Sea is home to around 7,000 businesses which support approximately 65,000 jobs and an economy worth approximately £2.50 billion per annum. The primary sectors in the area are Retail, Tourism, Medical Technology, Engineering and Aviation, Cultural and Creative, and Business Support. All of which play a huge part in the successes of the borough’s economy. Southend-on-Sea has particularly established itself within the tourism market though, especially as a ‘day-trip’ destination. However, the local council aims to appeal more to longer stays for higher paying visitors. Those debating to relocate here consider that Leigh-on-Sea is the second happiest place to live in the UK.
Public and private sector regeneration, the introduction of new educational facilities, improved transport infrastructure and the diversity of business sectors have gifted Southend-on-Sea a prosperous business climate and plenty of opportunities on offer for work. All of these aspects of business life in the town have been supported, and continue to be supported, by the local council and its 2014 ‘City Deal’. Currently, both the Economic Development Team and The BEST Growth Hub are the main providers of support for businesses, small and large, in Southend-on-Sea. All in all, the ambition of the local people and council to create economic security and its ongoing success is enough to encourage many corporates to relocate here and book stay in corporate accommodation in Southend-on-Sea.
The first settlement set up in Southend-on-Sea was in the small town of Prittlewell. This was what gave Southend its name, associating with the ‘South end of Prittlewell’. This was a sixth or seventh century Saxon village, nearby the famous St Mary’s Church. St Mary’s is a landmark of Southend’s history, being the only church from the area mentioned in the Domesday Book of the eleventh century. Throughout the following centuries, Prittlewell developed, becoming a busy market town, leaving only a few streets and buildings untouched. Like most areas around London, Southend-on-Sea became recognised as a ‘bathing town’. Victoria Avenue was then constructed in the late nineteenth century, linking Prittlewell with central Southend, which naturally enabled the area’s further growth.
It was with developments such as these which allowed much of Southend-on-Sea to have a retailing focus. For instance, the High Street became pedestrianised in 1974 which led to the surrounding are becoming one of Essex’s top regional shopping centres. However, with these changes from the 1960s onwards, the seaside town lost its ‘holiday destination’ appeal. Nowadays, the town is continuing to try to raise its stock as a tourist destination farther. Even though around seven million still currently visit Southend each year anyway. For a full evaluation of the town’s history, it is worth visiting Southend Museum, which is based along Victoria Avenue and is within a short walking distance of our Southend-on-Sea aparthotels.
If you are coming to the town on business and staying in one of our serviced apartments in Southend-on-Sea, then visiting the pier is an absolute must. Southend-on-Sea Pier is the longest pleasure pier in the world. It extends 2.16 kilometres – well over a mile – out into the Thames Estuary. Views of the Thames Estuary (designated as a world heritage site in 2000) and the North Sea are beautiful from the pier and attracts thousands of tourists here all year round, for this reason. SITU has a range of beautiful temporary housing in Southend-on-Sea along the seafront and nearby the classic Westcliff Beach. These allow guests amazing views from the comfort of their own accommodation.
As attractive as the seafront and pier are in Southend-on-Sea, the resort town also boasts other lovely places where both businesspeople and tourists can kick their feet up. Two Tree Islands stands out as the first alternative attraction to the pier. The small island covers over 250 hectares, consisting of a nature reserve which is an essential habitat for a huge population of wildlife in Southend-on-Sea. Throughout the summer months, the reserve is full of rare insects and creatures and if you look into the skies you will often see a variety of birds scanning the area. The island is truly beautiful and optimises the natural beauty of the seaside town.
There is an abundance of parks in the area too. Commemorating Sir Winston Churchill, Churchill Gardens is a popular park in Southend-on-Sea. It offers a great respite from the occasionally noisy Victoria Avenue traffic. The peaceful, ornamental garden is secluded from nearby estates and simply acts a great place to relax, away from the bustle of the town centre or after a long day. Chalkwell Park, Priory Park, Warners Park and the Southend Cliff Gardens are also dotted across the area too, which are all equally as refreshing and serene. Ultimately, however, you wish to spend your time here, we have ideally placed furnished housing in Southend-on-Sea on hand to make any visit worthwhile.
As the focal point of Essex, Southend-on-Sea naturally has a lot to offer, for tourists and corporates. Whether you are travelling here for a short business trip, want to relocate your business in the area, or are just simply visiting as a tourist, residing in our extended stay apartments in Southend-on-Sea can ensure you can fulfil all these ventures with ease.
Easily the closest airport to Southend-on-Sea is London Southend Airport (SEN), based only a ten-minute car journey north of the town centre.
Otherwise, the airport is easily connectable from farther locations via the M25, which grant access to the A1237, A13 and A130 leading into Southend-on-Sea. Perhaps the simplest way to get to-and-from London Southend Airport via its own purpose-built station just 100 paces from the terminal. Considering all of this, airport taxi transfers can typically be arranged from guest’s Southend-On-Sea city apartments.
Across the Southend-on-Sea area, there are seven train stations which serve two national railway lines. Therefore, wherever you stay in Southend-on-Sea serviced apartments, train station is guaranteed to be never any further than fifteen minutes away by car.
Southend-on-Sea has terminus train stations on the Shenfield-Southend Railway line and the London, Tilbury and Southend Railway line. The stations along the Shenfield-Southend Railway Line are Prittlewell, following Southend Airport station, and Southend Victoria (terminus), whereas the stations along the London, Tilbury and Southend Railway Line are (from west to east) are Leigh-on-Sea, Chalkwell, Westcliff, Southend Central, Southend East, Thorpe Bay and Shoeburyness (terminus).
The most prominent bus operator in Southend-on-Sea is Arriva Buses.