Colchester: A Great Place for Business

Discover why Colchester is the perfect location for your business

Long known for being Britain’s first city and oldest recorded town, Colchester has ambitious growth plans and is currently undergoing a £3bn transformation.  Five areas around the Borough are currently undergoing regeneration or have been designated as Growth Areas bringing new housing, creating new jobs, new culture and leisure experiences and new opportunities for investment.


World-class connectivity is essential if Colchester is to realise its ambition of providing high-quality jobs for its growing population and will act as a vital building block for future investment and regeneration. Ultrafast Broadband makes trading in Colchester’s town centre faster than 99% of the UK and 89% of the EU, providing some of the fastest upload and download speeds in the UK.

Locations for…


Colchester has ambitious growth plans and is undergoing a £3bn transformation

...lower costs

Lower costs for consumers and businesses

...educational excellence

Colchester has a powerful workforce and top-ranking educational facilities. homes

New homes to accommodate a fast growing population. 

Colchester’s Key Data

These documents give a picture of Colchester and its economic performance, opportunities and challenges:

Centre for Cities Report 2010

If you’d like to know more about Colchester or any of the documents in this Resource Library, please get in touch with any of us – you can find our details over at the Help and Advice section.

A Great Place to Live

Some of the most important events in British history have taken place here. Today, Colchester mixes pride in its impressive heritage with a great choice of modern attractions, shops, restaurants, cafés and bars. Close to the coast and nationally important landscapes Colchester is a great place to live. Providing excellent standards of living and education, affordable housing and a great range of places to visit and things to do in and outside of the working environment, Colchester is a great base for people to invest their lives. Colchester Borough has:

22 Conservation areas, 1555 Listed buildings, 52 Scheduled Ancient Monuments and 4 Parks in the National Register of Gardens of Special Historic Interest.

The Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – ‘Constable Country’; a classic English lowland landscape captured on canvas by Constable, Gainsborough and Nash.

Mersea Island, the most easterly inhabited island in the UK, is linked to the mainland by a causeway known as The Strood. Mersea is the home of the Colchester Native oyster.

More than 50 places to visit including world-famous Colchester Zoo, Wilkin’s ‘Tiptree’ Visitor Centre and the 27 arch Chappel Viaduct.

A full diary of events taking place all year round; from gigs by Elton John and Lionel Ritchie at the Community Stadium to creative workshops for kids at Firstsite.

Colchester – Ultra Ready