Telford is a modern town built on attracting international businesses. Home to more than 150 foreign companies, with large numbers of American, German, Japanese and Taiwanese investors, including household names such as Ricoh, Epson, Xerox, Denso Europe and Maxell Telford has a reputation as one of the fastest-growing, most successful towns in the UK.
With more space to expand than other towns and cities, Telford has the future-ready infrastructure and brand new education facilities that are attracting families and businesses looking to invest and put down roots. Telford is a major player in the industries that are driving growth in the UK from automotive and plastics to IT outsourcing and data centres.
Road and rail
Located in the heart of the UK close to Birmingham, Telford has easy access to regional, national and international markets. With free flowing roads and excellent rail links to most UK cities including a new direct service to London, Telford offers stress free connectivity; with 4 junctions to the M54 the town offers a 15 minute connection to the M6, as well as access to the M5, M42 and M1. Telford’s connectivity also offers businesses direct access to a large, high quality talent pool with an available workforce of 350,000 within a 30 minute drive. Source: Drivetimes from Google Maps.
Telford International Rail Freight Terminal
Telford businesses enjoy access to an international rail freight terminal, operated by DB Schenker, Europe’s largest freight company. The terminal accommodates a wide variety of intermodal freight logistics from automotive to forestry products, with direct links to the national rail network, major sea ports, Channel Tunnel and key locations across Europe.
Air and Ports
As well as being just down the road from Birmingham Airport with its direct flights to North America, the Middle East and Asia, including a new China service, Telford is well served by a choice of key freight airports. Most of the UK’s largest and busiest ports and airports are reachable within the statutory four and a half hour driving time. East Midlands Airport is the UK’s number one airport for pure freight, managing 300,000 tonnes a year. Manchester Airport currently handles around 100,000 tonnes of import and export freight annually, connecting to 160 destinations around the world. Manchester is developing a World Logistics Hub that will offer a full range of air-to-road transfer, assembly and processing activities.