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Rugby is a market town with a population of 70,628 making it the second largest town in Warwickshire. The enclosing Borough of Rugby has a population of 100,500.


Rugby is most famous for the invention of rugby football, with the invention of the game credited to William Webb Ellis in 1823 at Rugby School.


The town centre is mostly Victorian and early 20th century, however a few of the beautiful older buildings still survive, alongside more modern developments. It is one of the most affluent areas in the Coventry and Warwickshire region, and has the third highest average house price. While many other areas in the UK have seen a fall in house prices since 2010, Rugby has seen growth.


Rugby has one of the lowest rates of worklessness and number of youth claimants in the Coventry and Warwickshire region.

Key Business Sectors

Rugby’s economic strengths are in engineering and it also has a long history of producing gas and steam turbines at the GEC and at the AEI.


Engineering in Rugby is still the most dominant sector today and companies like Rolls-Royce engineering works near Ansty, is a major employer to the Rugby population.


The cement industry is another key industry in Rugby dating back to the 1860s. Rugby Cement Works on the western outskirts is now one of the largest of its type in Europe.


Since the 1980s several large industrial estates have been built to the north, and warehousing and distribution have similarly become major employers. The borough is home to an illustrious range of other companies including Hewlett Packard, Gap and GE Power Conversion.


Rugby has seen the highest growth in the number of new enterprises in the region with a 29% increase between 2014 and 2015. New start-ups also tend to have one of the highest survival rate after five years in the region.

Major Investments

Exciting new housing and employment developments have helped Rugby become a rapidly growing town. Recent improvements to the West Coast Mainline mean that journey times from Rugby to London have been reduced to 50 minutes making it an even viable and attractive place to live for people commuting to London.

Commercially, in-keeping with the town’s historic strengths in engineering, there has been new “grow on” space for small and medium enterprises at Ansty Park, further establishing the sector in the Borough.

19th November - 30th November 2018

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