Hertfordshire is a county in south-east England whose southern border is just 12 miles from the centre of London.
With a population of around 1,000,000 residents it is well served by road, rail and air, with both London Luton Airport and London Stansted Airport situated a few miles outside the county. From some towns in south Hertfordshire, central London is less than 20 minutes away by train.
Hertfordshire still retains its own unique identity, with thriving modern towns and picturesque villages set in beautiful countryside. The balance of these contrasts is an unrivalled atmosphere and quality of life which attracts both people and businesses to the county.
A county of opportunity, Hertfordshire has a thriving science and technology-based knowledge economy encompassing a diverse range of companies.
Advanced engineering and manufacturing provides over 22,000 jobs with defence and aerospace companies including MBDA, Airbus and Smith Detection.
Software, ICT and telecoms services, including equipment producers and communications integrators, such as Imagination Technologies (Watford), which accounts for some 15,000 jobs, principally in the West of Hertfordshire.
Film and media - Hertfordshire has world class assets in the form of Leavesden Studios the UK film production base of Warner Bros and the Harry Potter attraction and Elstree Studios and offers a diverse range of filming locations.
Financial and business services – where there are opportunities to accommodate national headquarters and also regional offices serving Southern England, Watford, St Albans, Cheshunt and Hemel Hempstead can all claim notable businesses in this sector.
High end logistics – which is growing very quickly, particularly in servicing London-based households and businesses and increasingly generating higher quality jobs. With escalating fuel prices, the comparative advantage of Hertfordshire is growing in relation to this sector.