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Towns and Cities

Decisions regarding the ultimate choice of location form part of a complex process and will be based on a range of criteria specific to an organisation"s requirements. In order to support and inform the location appraisal process a number of areas have produced informative websites providing access to local information and sources of help.    

The web sites listed are provided for information and these locations are not specifically endorsed. 

Hosted by Angus City Council, this site provides information for those considering relocating to Angus or the surrounding area. The site provides details about the property, communications and lifestyle in Angus, as well as testimonials from businesses already located in the area.

Barnsley Development Agency provides a range of information within the website"s dedicated Public Sector Relocation section. This highlights the opportunities available in the town and can help organisations make an informed decision on all their relocation issues.

Locate in Birmingham is leading Birmingham City Council's response to the Lyons Review;  putting forward the case for the city of Birmingham. Visit their site for further details of Locate in Birmingham's dedicated team and how they can help you.

Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole
Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole are committed to supporting the relocation of public sector organisations. With a strong working relationship with the OGC they are able to deliver a service that fully understands the issues faced by Government departments, agencies and non-departmental public bodies. Located within the South West of England the area is more than capable of offering not only a skilled workforce but also a diverse and cost-effective range of property solutions and a excellent lifestyle to match.

Put together by Bradford Metropolitan District Council, this promotional website has been designed to help organisations choose the Bradford District for business relocation.

Invest in Bristol provides detailed information about commercial property developments, Bristol's diverse business sectors, public sector relocation, case studies, corporate views, key statistics, an interactive map and videos, as well as how to contact us to access our comprehensive range of support services via Bristol City Council's Reception Service for major investors. Many of Bristol's leading companies and public sector organizations have contributed to the development of

Bristol and West of England
Invest West (, the West of England Investment Service web portal, was established in 2006 by the West of England Partnership. This consists of four unitary authorities - Bath & North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire - and a range of social, economic and environmental partners. Invest West includes an on-line commercial property register and information on key business sectors, the West of England economy and labour market, development sites, and links to further sources of advice and funding. The West of England Partnership offers bespoke services tailored to the needs of each organisation, services are free and confidential.

Colchester Borough Council have produced a website to provide information for all those considering relocating or investing in the area. The site includes information on local lifestyle and the various incentives for those considering a move to Colchester.

Hosted by Coventry City Council, this site provides information for those considering relocating to Coventry.  The website highlights the many new property opportunities that are available in the city as part of the £6.5 billion regeneration programme along with information on skills, transport communications, economics and lifestyle. For a tailor made relocation package, please contact Jade Mosey or telphone 024 7683 1348.

Derby City Council have produced a useful addition to their website providing information for government departments who are considering relocating to the area. The site includes information on commercial property costs, quality of life, transport and communications and features case studies of businesses who have relocated to Derby.

The Locate-Dundee team can offer years of experience in providing practical advice to those considering relocation to Dundee. Their recent experience includes providing assistance to the Scottish Commission for the Regulation of Care, HM Revenue & Customs contact centres, Pension Service and the Office of the Scottish Charities Regulator. The team provides a comprehensive relocation service, including support and back-up on issues such as recruitment, housing, healthcare, schools, service contacts and more.

East Lothian
East Lothian Council"s Economic Development Division team provides information and support assistance for businesses and organisations considering relocation and investment in the area.  The team provides economic and demographic information, assistance with the relocation planning process as well as information on commercial property opportunities.  The Council"s Locate in East Lothian website provides the above information in more detail and a direct link to supporting documents that promote opportunities in the relocation process

East Yorkshire
This site provides a number of property details and fact sheets on the East Yorkshire region, with particular emphasis on Hull and East Riding. It also offers a wealth of information and useful links to assist in the relocation planning process.

Edinburgh Council now host two websites providing information to potential investors and departments considering relocation to the area; - A quarterley bulletin and website containing information, analysis and statistics about Edinburgh, its economy and business environment. - This website provides overviews of Edinburgh City Region"s talent, trade and transport infrastructure. Find out more about Edinburgh's economic growth and its world class commercial property. You can also request tailored advice on investing in Edinburgh.

A move can provide real opportunities for your organisation to become more effective in many different ways. As we did with the Met Office, we will work closely with our public and private sector partners to support your organisation through its key investment decision. If you choose Exeter or its wider area, we"ll maintain that positive and interpersonal support, working with you throughout your subsequent relocation to our area.

To learn more, see the attached brochure (PDF, 2MB) and also visit our website:

The Invest in Fife website was created by Fife Council and Scottish Enterprise Fife. The site contains information on the benefits Fife has to offer government departments as well as the civil servants employed by them.

Glasgow and the Clyde Valley
The Clyde Valley Community Planning Partnership have produced the following brochure to highlight the area as a potential relocation site for government departments and agencies - and, of course for the civil servants who work in them.
Download the brochure (PDF)

Created by Leeds City Council, this site offers information on a range of issues including the local economy, Leeds life and key facts as well as a list of links to other associated websites. The City Council has also produced a publication containing essential information about Leeds for relocating government departments and agencies.
Download the brochure (PDF, 1,595KB)

Leicester & Leicestershire
The City of Leicester and County of Leicestershire have established a Public Sector Relocation Support Team. This includes support in the provision of economic and demographic information and the development of the business case and wider economic case, details of sites and premises, assistance with site visits, co-ordination of support locally from the private sector and support for staff considering relocation, including reconnaissance visits, information on housing, quality of life, jobs etc. A public sector relocation fact pack  has been produced.

Liverpool City Region
The Mersey Partnership provides comprehensive information and support for public and private sector agencies seeking to invest in the region. Tailored information and support for Government agencies is available through The Mersey Partnership and its partner agency, BusinessLiverpool.  Halton Borough Council also provide specific information on Runcorn & Widness regional areas.

MIDAS are the inward investment agency for Greater Manchester. They have produced two useful websites providing information on the area:

Locate in Newport provides information on office accommodation available, the workforce and quality of life in Newport as well as testimonies from government departments and other organisations that have estabished operations in the city.  Contact details for help and advice are also available.

Browse Newport's government sector leaflets which outlines Newport's suitablility for government departments, case studies and testimones, comparative costs and the benefits to the area that a relocating government department could bring. 

Government Relocation Programme (pdf) for details. 

North Ayrshire
North Ayshire Council have produced the following brochure to highlight the Irvine Bay as a potential relocation site for government departments and agencies - and, of course for the civil servants who work in them.

This site offers information on Norwich including the local economy and key facts as well as a list of links to other associated websites. In addition they have produced two brochures:

Norwich - 21 things you should know. (PDF)
Norwich - Englands other city (PDF)

Vision Nottingham is a new inward investment service created to bring together specialist staff from the City, County and District Councils in the Greater Nottingham area. The new initiative is designed to be the single point of contact for organisations looking to establish their operation in the Nottingham conurbation.

Peterborough City Council, with help from English Partnerships, has prepared a comprehensive master plan to guide large-scale new developments in the city centre.

A summary of the opportunities offered in Plymouth can be viewed on the Public Sector Relocations pages and, for a comprehensive guide to 'Opportunities in Plymouth', Plymouth City Council has produced a bespoke Public Sector relocation pack.
If you would like to receive a hard copy please e-mail, alternatively you can download a copy - Public Sector Relocations Information Pack

This brochure (PDF, 6,977KB) prepared by Renfrewshire Council's Economic Development Division, provides a concise, relevant, summary of what Renfrewshire has to offer government departments and agencies considering relocation opportunities.

Creative Sheffield,  the organisation providing the lead in attracting inward investment and relocations to Sheffield have a website showing off the city's best assets. The team provides bespoke tailored services to suit your relocation needs and are more than happy to provide you with information to help you make your business case.  Sheffield - a natural home for government for your an initial view.

Invest in Shropshire provides information for those considering relocating or investing in this centrally located area. The website details commercial property developments, Shropshire's growing and emerging business sectors - including food and drink and environmental technologies, and provides information on living and working in Shropshire; its economy and labour markets and links to further sources of advice and funding.

The Community & Economic Regeneration Unit provides information and support to companies interested in investing in Solihull, whether new to the area, or an existing company in the Borough.

South West of England
The South West of England offers an idyllic solution to your relocation needs; successful locations with a great quality of life.  This website provides details of our success story and just some of the SW's locations.

InStaffs (UK) Limited, the development agency for Staffordshire have developed a site providing a wealth of information about the benefits of locating in the county of Staffordshire, plus a commercial property search facility. An information pack on public sector relocation to North Staffordshire (PDF) (Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme) has been produced.

Created by Swindon Borough Councils Directorate for Economic development, this site offers a range of information for potential residents and investors. As well as case studies and local development information, the site provides a list of useful associated websites and contacts for those considering relocating to the region.

Tees Valley
Tees Valley Regeneration currently host a website providing useful information on the local area detailing investment and development opportunities. The attached link gives specific information for Government Departments considering the Tees Valley as a destination for relocation.

Tyne & Wear
The Tyne and Wear Development Company has been helping private and public organisations relocate or expand in the region for over 20 years.  Its website features a dedicated Public Sector Relocation section which highlights the opportunities available in Tyne and Wear.  It also provides a range of information on subjects including commercial property prices, quality of life, transport and communications to help organisations make informed decisions on all their relocation issues.

Wakefield District Development Agency is the first point of contact for businesses looking to relocate to the Wakefield District. Its dedicated website provides a wide range of information on the local economy and all essential data to assist organisations to make the right location decision. Integral to the site is an on-line property search facility to enhance the search for business accommodation.

With over 260,000 residents, Walsall is a growing, dynamic and exciting centre for business growth and development. Centrally located, with excellent road, rail and air transport links to the rest of the United Kingdom and beyond, Walsall is anticipated to be the beneficiary of three quarters of a billion pounds worth of investment from the public and private sector.

The new Office Corridor and Gigaport, for example, with the potential to create up to 3,200 jobs, will use the "next generation broadband" platform utilising fibre optic technology enabling relocating departments to do business 120 times faster than standard broadband, and establishing Walsall as a leader in the operation and development of IT related services within the West Midlands and nationwide. Gigaport will see the construction of 127,000 sq. m of high quality offices, a 4,000 Esq. data centre, and a 4,000 Esq. hotel, plus substantial living accommodation.

Less than 20 minutes from Birmingham, and complemented by excellent educational, health, leisure and arts facilities as well as green spaces including woodland, commons and canals,

Walsall is a diverse, exciting and fast growing location for businesses and their employees. Operational costs are amongst the lowest in UK.

Our Investment Team will work with you to provide support across a range of specialisms, this will include:

  • Assistance with identifying sources of funding. 
  • Assisting in the development of your relocation strategy - including property searches and facilitating site visits. 
  • Assistance with the recruitment, training and retention of staff.
  • facilitating integration with local schools and colleges. 
  • Facilitating in drawing in support offered by our partner organisations such as Advantage West Midlands and Walsall Regeneration Company. 
  • The bespoke preparation of relocation propositions, covering areas such as wage levels, local and regional business intelligence and analysis of transport options and costs. 
  • Profiling Quality of Life issues, such as  recreational activities, housing, healthcare, schooling, support for spouses and families. 
  • The services of a dedicated investor development and aftercare support officer.

For further information please contact The Enterprise and Business Support Team directly via OR download our investment pack OR visit

Warwickshire Investment Partnership, working with the Regional Development Agency, JobCentre Plus and the District and Borough Councils, provide an effective and holistic service for companies relocating into the county. As well as providing useful information, their site features an online commercial property search facility and promotes links with the County Business Support team. The Website offers key economic information on the county, as well as the opportunity to contact the team for information on the masterplans for Nuneaton and Bedworth, Stratford On Avon and Rugby's 20:20 Vision. Please contact: or call +44(0)1926 412140 for a bespoke relocation service.

For Business Support visit Warwickshire County Council - Business & Jobs
For further Information on Atherstone, Bedworth, Nuneaton, Rugby and Stratford-on-Avon visit Warwickshire Web

Located in Northamptonshire in the heart of England, Wellingborough enjoys relatively low property prices depsite being just 65 miles from London. It will benefit from extensive business and housing growth over the next twenty years due to it being part of Milton Keynes South Midlands (MKSM) growth area.
Reasons to invest inWellingborough include:

  • The Borough's excellent communication links - St Pancras International station is less than an hour away by train; 2.5 million people currently live within a 1 hour drive of Wellingborough 
  • 12,800 new homes are due to be built by 2021 which will increase the available employment "pool"
  • Its location in the Nene Valley close to pituresque countryside
  • The range of businesses already in the Borough, especially in the high performance engineering and motorsport sectors

These represent just some of the reasons to move to Wellingborough. For further information, please see the promotional brochure, "Why Wellingborough?".
Further information about investing in Wellingborough is available from the Borough Council"s Inward Investment pages . Alternatively, please contact the Borough Council's Economic Development Unit on 01933 229777 or email for more information.

Wiltshire (including the major towns of Salisbury, Trowbridge and Chippenham) offers business a perfect environment in which to thrive and grow and we have all the reasons you need, plus a few more, for you to make your best business move yet.

Wirral Council provides comprehensive information and support for public and private sector agencies and businesses seeking to invest in the area.

York, the inward investment board for York and North Yorkshire, provide information for those considering relocating to the area.  Their website, as well as providing information on the local economy, workforce and services available to businesses, also offers information on the quality of life in the area and has an easy to use online property search.

If you provide or know of other useful sites on the Internet, why not e-mail the OGC Service Desk and we'll add them to our list.The City Council has also produced a publication containing essential information about Leeds for relocating government departments and agencies."