Nottinghamshire – Finding Quality of Life in Central England

August 2, 2016 10:23 am
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Quality of life in Central England – Ashfield & Mansfield, Nottinghamshire

Quality of life is hard to measure, not least because it means something different to everyone. We each have our own preferences about where and how we want to live but for most of us key factors are affordability, proximity to where we work and spend our leisure time and being able to live in the kind of community we want to be part of. Ashfield and Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, has a surprising amount to offer as a location for you as well as for your business.

And the experts agree…

The 2013 Annual Quality of Life Index published by USwitch [1] named South Nottinghamshire (which includes parts of Ashfield and Mansfield) as the 4th best place to live in the UK, taking into account factors such as salaries, disposable income, working hours, life expectancy and hours of sunshine. It makes sense when you think about the fact that the region is in the middle of the UK, is easily accessible by road, rail and air, has a mix of urban areas and countryside, is near to world-class universities and has an active and successful business community.

Affordability is Key

According to Lloyds Banking Group [2], the average house price in the East Midlands is £157,399 (compared to £171,429 in the West Midlands and £277,245 in the south east) so the region is cheaper than its Southern and Western neighbours. Housing and commercial buildings in Ashfield and Mansfield are cheaper than in the Region’s cities, and the labour force is cheap compared to the national average. It’s an affordable place. Part of the equation in accessing a good quality of life is the gap between income and cost of living. Low housing and living costs is a good step on the way.

With plenty of choices…

Because Ashfield and Mansfield is a collection of smaller towns it has always had close ties with the surrounding cities. Nottingham, Derby and Sheffield are all less than 25 miles away. If you prefer the countryside it’s about 6 miles to Sherwood Forest and the Peak District is only 20 miles away. You really can have the best of both worlds.

You will be part of a growing and successful local community…

Ashfield and Mansfield has an award winning business network, Mansfield 2020, which has worked hard to build a strong local economy. This gives an indication of the commitment and determination of the local community. There’s a good mix of schools and colleges in the area including Vision West Nottinghamshire College (2009 Association of Colleges Beacon Award Winners), Garibaldi College and All Saints Catholic Academy, all graded ‘Good’ in their latest Ofsted reports. There is easy access to leisure activities both locally and in the surrounding cities and countryside.

It all adds up to a great place to live…

If you’re considering re-locating your business and home within the UK, and are looking for somewhere affordable and accessible, Ashfield and Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, may well prove to be an interesting proposition.


Find Out More Contact Invest Ashfield and Mansfield to find out more about growing your business in Ashfield and Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, UK



[1] Lloyds Banking Group, Economic Insight report



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