Famed around the world for being at the heart of the legend of Robin Hood, the city of Nottingham and surrounding urban area has undergone changing fortunes in recent times. The city sprang to worldwide prominence during the Industrial Revolution thanks to the development of its lace and bicycle-making industries.
Its growth was further spurred by the existence, mainly to the north and west of the city, of substantial coal reserves, the mining of which for a couple of centuries supported the establishment and growth of a range of associated support industries. The surrounding area was once also at the heart of the British hosiery industry, which still retains a presence today.
Nottingham is also well known as a centre of the pharmaceutical industry, thanks to the presence in the city of Boots the Chemists, which was established in 1849.
In more recent times, the city has become a major financial and business services centre, as well as establishing a reputation as a base for numerous prestigious textile and interior design companies.
The city also has a major presence of central government offices, with HM Revenue and Customs – the UK’s government agency responsible for the collections of taxes and duty – and the Driving Standards Agency, which administers the country’s driving test system, both having their headquarters in Nottingham.
Situated approximately 125 miles north of London, Nottingham is well connected to the UK’s transport infrastructure. It lies east of the M1 London to Leeds motorway, while the A42/M42 offers fast road links to Birmingham. Direct rail services run to London in around one hour 45 minutes, while the city is also close to East Midlands Airport, which is heavily used by the major worldwide couriers, who run direct services to destinations as far afield as Frankfurt, Madrid, Rome, New York, and closer to home, to the likes of Aberdeen, the Isle of Man and Jersey.
Nottingham’s geographically central position makes it a desirable location for many types of business, which in turn brings in people from many other regions and backgrounds. It is also a boon for anyone who needs to send goods to the city, whether it is a parcel for a loved one, or a vital business delivery. It is little wonder that major courier companies have a major presence in Nottingham, and that is good news when businesses or individuals are looking to send a parcel there.