If you are a job seeker in Bletchley, you have a wide search area within your commuting range. Bletchley is located on the rail network between Leighton Buzzard, a town with a sizeable sand quarrying industry, and Milton Keynes, a town with an impressive business portfolio. In November 2012, ratings company Experian described Milton Keynes as ‘one of the leaders in a prospective economic recovery’. Earlier this year, it was reported that out of the biggest 64 towns and cities in the UK, Milton Keynes has the highest job growth in UK during the preceding decade. The number of jobs in Milton Keynes increased by 18.2 per cent between 2004 and 2013.
Bletchley is positioned very near to the M1 too. This means that even central London is only a 50-minute train journey away. But even though Bletchley is popular with commuters, there is no need to leave Bletchley to find a new job, with local businesses aiming for the top.
Bletchley Park was voted ‘Business of the Year’ in the Milton Keynes Business Achievement Awards 2015, during a ceremony that took place on 12th March. The awards had been created to celebrate the achievements and successes of the Milton Keynes business community. This was only the second year for the awards, which were initiated to support local projects that focus on enterprise and business skills to improve the lives of people who live and work in Milton Keynes.
At the ceremony, Bletchley Park was praised for being a successful enterprise with strong and growing visitor numbers and with robust plans for the future. Only last year, Bletchley Park was held up as an example of how businesses can lead Britain’s economic recovery by Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls, when he visited the park in September. He said: “There’s great history in Milton Keynes – what we want to do is put it to good use by getting the jobs and expertise too.” He also cited the innovation found in Buckinghamshire to be an example for the rest of the country.
Historically, Bletchley became part of the ‘New City’ of Milton Keynes when it was founded in 1967. The town thrived in the early years of the growth of Milton Keynes, since it was the main shopping area, but the boom came to an end when the new Central Milton Keynes Shopping Centre was built.
Although Bletchley has declined as a retail destination in recent years, this doesn’t mean there are no developments on the horizon. Newton Leys is a new development with housing for up to 1650 homes, as well as employment areas, shops, community facilities and leisure facilities in the northern part of Bletchley. The development is expected to be completed in 2021. The area near Denbigh also plays an important role in the town’s economy, with major retailer stores opening here and plans for another large superstore underway.
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