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Leicestershire, situated in the very heart of England, takes its name from the heavily populated City of Leicester, although Leicester is today administered separately from the rest of Leicestershire. The county borders Derbyshire to the north-west, Nottinghamshire to the north, Rutland to the east, Warwickshire to the south-west, Staffordshire to the west, Lincolnshire to the north-east, and Northamptonshire to the south-east.
According to the 2001 census, the population of Leicestershire (excluding Leicester) is 609,579. In 2006, the population of the Leicester was estimated at 289,700, the largest in the East Midlands, whilst 441,213 people lived in the wider Leicester area. Other populous towns are Loughborough, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Coalville, Hinckley, Market Harborough, Melton Mowbray, Oadby, Wigston and Lutterworth.
A large part of the north-west of the county, around Coalville, forms part of the new National Forest area extending into Derbyshire and Staffordshire. Leicestershire has a long history of livestock farming which continues today. Leicestershire also had a traditional industry of knitwear, hosiery and footwear. The sheep on the county's coat of arms is recognition of this.
Engineering has long been an important part of the economy of Leicestershire. Notable engineering companies today include sports car maker Noble Automotive Ltd in Barwell and Triumph Motorcycles in Hinckley. Local commitment to nurturing the upcoming cadre of British engineers includes apprenticeship schemes with local companies, and academic-industrial connections with the engineering departments at Leicester University, De Montfort University, and Loughborough University. Financial and business service companies with operations in Leicestershire include Alliance & Leicester, Royal Bank of Scotland, State Bank of India, HSBC, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Transportation links are good. East Midlands Airport is one mile south of Castle Donington, next to the M1 in north-west Leicestershire, and is the second largest freight airport in the United Kingdom after Heathrow. The M1 is Leicestershire's other important transport hub. The start of the M6 and part of the A14 briefly intersect with the southern tip of Leicestershire.
Many large retail companies have huge warehouses at the Magna Park complex near Lutterworth including ASDA, Nissan, Toyota, Honda, Argos, Sara Lee, Unipart, DHL, Britvic Soft Drinks, LIDL, BT, P&O, The Disney Store, Panasonic, Costco and TNT. The Midland Main Line provides important connections to Yorkshire and London, and the Birmingham–Stansted Line is Leicestershire's east–west connection from Hinckley to Melton.
Places of interest in Leicestershire include; Donington Park and the Donington Grand Prix Collection museum; the National Space Centre, one of the United Kingdom's leading visitor attractions that is devoted to space science and astronomy and Twycross Zoo attracting around 500,000 visitors a year and notable for having the largest collection of primates in the world.
Stilton (cheese), Red Leicester cheese, and the pork pie are three of Leicestershire's most famous contributions to English cuisine.
Situated in the very heart of England and with excellent transport links, Leicestershire, and in particular Leicester, offers an excellent range of flexible serviced offices, traditional leasehold offices to let and virtual meeting rooms. Contact your Leicestershire commercial property expert via http://freeofficesearch.co.uk or contact us free on 0800 0710 710 for a competitive deal on a range of office spaces available to rent.