Fenland covers around 200 square miles and boasts a truly unique history. Reclaimed from the sea through a pioneering drainage project in the 1600s, we have a famously flat landscape and the highest proportion of grade 1 agricultural land in the country.
During the 19th and 20th centuries the agricultural sector boomed and the legacy of this success can be seen in the rich heritage of our market towns - Whittlesey, Chatteris, March and Wisbech.
Aside from agriculture, Fenland is also renowned for its heritage, wildlife, big skies and extensive network of rivers that attract thousands of visitors all year round. The area also boasts Cambridgeshire's only commercial port to sea in Wisbech, making us an attractive destination for businesses as well as tourists who can enjoy a holiday on our many waterways.
Fenland's future is looking bright. Projects like Wisbech 2020 and the Garden Town development are set to improve transport infrastructure, prepare for population growth and boost prosperity, all while raising the profile of the town and wider Fenland area. A new £7 million engineering training facility at The College of West Anglia has recently been completed that will equip the current and future workforce with the skills they need to support our vibrant manufacturing industry.
In north Cambridgeshire, nestled between Lincolnshire and Norfolk, Fenland's location provides easy access to the urban centres of Peterborough, Norwich, King's Lynn and Cambridge, so people can enjoy the best of both worlds.
If you want to find out more about what makes Fenland a great place to do business, visit our 'economy in numbers' page or contact Fenland for Business:
Call: +44 (0) 1354 622506
Fenland is home to a population of 97,700 people, 61% of which are of working age. The economy of Fenland features a diverse mix of sectors and is made up of 3,340 businesses which combine to produce a GVA of around £1.6bn a year, operating at a productivity level of £34,300 per worker.
By employment, Fenland's largest private sector is Manufacturing, with Construction featuring as the largest sector based on the number of business units, closely followed by Agriculture.
With a much higher than average economic activity rate of 84.2%, a gross weekly pay of £384.40, a house price to earnings ratio of 5.37 and below average commercial property and land costs, Fenland is an affordable place to live and do business.
Fenland's economic growth has outstripped other regions of the UK for the last three years thanks to a thriving entrepreneurial spirit amongst our small but industrious population. Over 70% of businesses that were set up within the last 5 years in Fenland remain actively trading.
We have Cambridgeshire's only commercial port to sea in Wisbech and, with the A47 and A1101, enjoy good road links to Peterborough, Cambridge, Norwich and King's Lynn. Fenland offers an affordable base with easy access to urban centres and alternative trade routes.
Our businesses are committed to their workforce. Fenland employees receive the highest rate of on-the-job training compared to anywhere else in the UK. We have an amenable workforce that can be up-skilled in industry specific specialisms thanks to a new £7 million training centre at the College of West Anglia and have an apprenticeship up-take that mirrors regional and national trends.
By employment our top sectors are:
Primary services including agriculture, mining, energy and water account for 12.4% of businesses in Fenland.
For more information about our local economy, talk to Fenland for Business.
Call: +44 (0) 1354 622506
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