One of the oldest cities in England, Leicester is a busy and bustling commercial district with a wide variety of office space available to rent. A number of notable companies are based in the city, including banking groups, insurance companies, as well as the headquarters of well-known fashion retailers and travel companies. Leicester’s location draws many businesses to offices in the area, due to its proximity Birmingham and fast connections via train to London.
During the industrial revolution, manufacturers in footwear, hosiery and textiles became the major employers, in addition to engineering companies. Today, Leicester retains a thriving economy with a high presence of companies in the service sector.
There are a number of impressive landmarks and places of interest in Leicester, including Leicester Castle, which was built after the Norman conquest of England in the 11th century, Leicester Cathedral and a number of parks.
Available Offices in Leicester
There is a mix of serviced office space found in converted period, listed properties and modern business centres which offer a variety of open plan, shared and self-contained offices with meeting rooms, break-out areas, onsite parking in some locations, maintenance support, manned reception, as well as IT and technology capabilities.
Leicester offices are well-connected to nearby towns and cities with a number of transport links located nearby. Leicester can be accessed from the M1 via Junctions 21, 21A and 22. The M1 connects with the A1, the M6 and the M42, providing access to major nearby cities, Birmingham and Coventry. There are two main business stations - St Margaret’s Bus Station and the Haymarket Bus Station - which operate a wide range of services throughout the city and linking the local areas around the city. Leicester’s railway station is connected to London St Pancras and its Eurostar services, leading to Lille, Paris and Brussels, as well as Thameslink train services and the London Underground. The towns and cities of Birmingham, Cambridge, Leeds, York and Peterborough are all within easy reach. East Midlands Airport is approximately twenty miles away, operating regular flights across Europe.
Shopping, Restaurants and Leisure
There are two main shopping centres in the Leicester - Highcross Leicester and the Haymarket Shopping Centre - both of which provide a wide range of high street names, department stores, famous brands and fashion boutiques, as well as cafes and eateries. Leicester Lanes and St Martin’s Square areas are home to many specialist and designer shops and Leicester Market is the largest outdoor covered market in Europe selling a plethora of goods.