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Coventry is the 9th largest city in England and the 12th largest in the UK.


Coventry used to be an important centre of the cloth trade in the 14th century, and throughout the Middle Ages was one of the largest and most important cities in England.


Later in the 18th and 19th centuries, Coventry was known for watch and clock manufacturing. As this industry declined - mainly as a result of competition from the Swiss - the skilled pool of workers proved crucial to the emerging bicycle manufacture industry. This eventually evolved into motorbike, car, machine tool and aircraft industries that remain today.

Coventry went on to become a major centre of the British motor industry and during the 1950s and 1960s Coventry's motor industry boomed, helped by world leading brands such as Jaguar Cars, Rolls Royce and Peugeot Citroen based there.


Although the British motor industry has since declined, there has been a rise in newer industries advanced manufacturing and aerospace, financial services and tourism companies basing themselves there, which give the economy stability and prosperity.


Key business sectors

Coventry has the highest number of active enterprises in the region, and the highest number of new enterprises as well.


The city boasts many major companies such as Severn Trent, Jaguar Land Rover, Peugeot Citreon, Barclays Bank and E:ON. It is also home to the UK’s largest aerospace cluster (the Midlands Aerospace Alliance), two National Catapult Centres offering aerospace research, two top class engineering universities providing world-class engineering graduates and arguably some of the best engineering companies in the country.


When looking at the region as a whole, the highest proportion of people are employed in public administration, healthcare and education sectors. There is also higher than average number of people employed in construction and manufacturing compared to the rest of the region.


Major Investments

There has been some significant public and private sector investment in Coventry in recent years with a number of new city centre ‘A’ grade office accommodation and retail units as well as new homes and apartments for first time buyers and investors near the canal.

New industrial, distribution and hi-tech office business park developments have sprung up and the south of the city has also seen an exciting £300 million retail development.

Infrastructure improvements to road and rail have also enhanced city centre accessibility for people travelling in and out of the city for work and leisure.


Provision of skills has been given a boost through a number of new developments which are likely to play a significant part in further reducing the worklessness of young people in the future. These include a Skills Centre at Coventry City College, providing support for young and unemployed people to acquire skills for employment; and a National Manufacturing Training Academy High temperature research centre (a collaboration between the University of Birmingham and Rolls-Royce). A new Aerospace research centre is also under construction on Anstey Park. 


19th November - 30th November 2018

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