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Stratford-upon-Avon is a popular market town to the west of Coventry & Warwickshire.

It is steeped history, and many of the original buildings in its 800 year old history still survive today.


Stratford is a thriving community offering a wide variety of leisure, accommodation and shopping experiences. It is also a popular tourist destination owing to its status as birthplace of English playwright and poet, William Shakespeare, and receives approximately 2.5 million visitors a year. The Royal Shakespeare Company is also based at Stratford's Royal Shakespeare Theatre.


Stratford-on-Avon is a relatively affluent area with the highest average house prices in the region and the lowest percentage of worklessness.


Key Business Sectors

With Stratford-on-Avon being world-renowned as the birthplace of William Shakespeare, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the UK and unsurprisingly, tourism is a major employer in especially in the hotel, hospitality industry and catering industries.

Other industries in the town are quite diverse and range from boat building and maintenance, mechanical and electrical engineering, food manufacture to Information Technology, a large motor sales sector, farming, storage and transport logistics, and a large retail sector.

Major employers in the town include the NFU Mutual Insurance Company (and Avon Insurance), AMEC, Sitel, Tesco, Morrisons, Marks & Spencer, Debenhams, B & Q and Pashley Cycles. There are three theatres run by the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company, which attract large audiences and income for the town.

This majority of jobs in the district are in associate professional and technical occupations and it also has the highest percentage of managers, directors and senior officials of any district in the region.


Stratford is a great place to start a new business. The district has a high number of new start-ups and these have the highest survival rate after one year, with 45% of new enterprises still active after five years.

19th November - 30th November 2018

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