Bicester is a town in Oxfordshire, approximately 12 miles from Oxford and approximately 24 miles from Milton Keynes. The town is one of the fastest growing areas in the county thanks, in part, to its excellent road and rail links to London, Oxford and Birmingham. Historically a small market town, Bicester has been transformed by hundreds of new homes built around the original town centre. According to the London Evening Standard, Bicester has undergone a property boom in recent years, such that the average house price in the Bicester North area is £264,565.
Bicester Job Opportunities
Unemployment in Bicester is relatively low compared with Banbury and Oxford. Major employers in and around Bicester include the Ministry of Defence, printers Benham Goodhead Print Ltd (BGP), fresh food suppliers Fresh Direct and automotive solutions company Paragon Fleet Solutions. Jobs in Bicester are typically available across a wide range of business sectors and include customer service jobs, operations and logistics jobs and marketing jobs.
Bicester Employment Trends
Bicester has already undergone rapid transformation, including the multi-million pound redevelopment of the town centre and the development of the internationally renowned Bicester Village Shopping Centre. The town has already benefited from the creation of 2,000 at the retail outlet shopping centre. However, Bicester has potential for further growth, including the development of a so-called eco-town in North West Bicester, which will eventually create 6,000 energy efficient new homes within a sustainable community. According to the economic strategy for North West Bicester produced by SQW, the eco-town project is intended to create at least 6,000 new jobs, 4,600 on site and 1,400 at strategic employment sites elsewhere in Bicester. Elsewhere in Bicester, a string of major projects, including improvements to junctions 9 and 10 of the M40 motorway and other key infrastructure points can only increase the appeal of the town to retailers.