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The East Midlands consists of most of the eastern half of the traditional region of the Midlands. It encompasses the combined area of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire and most of Lincolnshire. Its main settlements are Chesterfield, Derby, Kettering, Leicester, Lincoln, Loughborough, Mansfield, Northampton and Nottingham. Leicester is officially the largest city in the region and the largest conurbation is the Nottingham Urban Area.
The geographical centre of England lies in Higham on the Hill in west Leicestershire, very close to the East Midlands / West Midlands boundary.
The M1 motorway serves all of the county towns with the exception of Lincoln. In the east, the A1 is an important route for the east-coast ports. East Midlands Airport in North West Leicestershire is situated between Derby, Leicester and Nottingham, serving Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Staffordshire and South Yorkshire. Passenger numbers peaked in 2008 at 5.6 million, making it the 11th busiest airport in the UK by passenger traffic.
Two of the north-south mainline railways serve the region, The Midland Main Line in the west from St Pancras and the East Coast Mainline from King's Cross in the east. Both companies operate high-speed trains to London.
The region has the second lowest overall population density in England (after South West England) - largely due to Lincolnshire's (and Rutland) low population density. England's unofficial 'north-south divide' runs throughout the region, roughly following the A46. Areas approximately south of this, and all of Lincolnshire are economically-speaking considered to be in the south of England.
In 2003, 23% of economic output in the East Midlands was in manufacturing, compared to 15% for the rest of the UK. Employers in the region include Rolls-Royce, Siemens, Triumph Motorcycles, Cosworth, JCB, Toyota Manufacturing UK and Caterpillar for engineering. For retail there is Thorntons, Wilkinson, Next, Jessops and the fashion company Paul Smith, plus lingerie companies Gossard, Aristoc, Pretty Polly, and Berlei. East Midlands is also the home of Weetabix, Silver Spoon, Dunelm Mill, Pukka Pies, Fox's Confectionery, whilst Walkers makes 10 million bags of crisps a day at the biggest crisp factory in the world at Beaumont Leys.
Main universities in the region include the University of Nottingham, Loughborough University, University of Leicester, Nottingham Trent University and De Montfort University (DMU) - the region's third biggest university.
The Skegness and the Lincolnshire coasts provide seaside entertainment for many people in the East Midlands. Nottingham and Leicester are a popular night time destination. Twycross Zoo is just south of Measham in Leicestershire, and the National Space Centre is in Belgrave in north Leicester.
Rockingham Motor Speedway is in Corby, and other racetracks include Donington Park and Mallory Park in Leicestershire, and Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire, plus the Silverstone Circuit hosts the British Grand Prix. Rutland Water is popular for sailing, fishing and bird-watching. The Peak District is the second most popular national park in the world after Mount Fuji.
Situated in the heart of England with its excellent road and rail links to the rest of the country, the East Midlands offers a wide array of convenient flexible serviced offices and traditional leasehold offices to let. Contact your East Midlands commercial property expert via http://freeofficesearch.co.uk or call us free on 0800 0710 710 for a competitive deal on office spaces available to rent.