Bodmin is the former county town of Cornwall and this is reflected in its imposing granite buildings. Although it is within easy reach of both the north and south coasts and lies on the edge of beautiful Bodmin Moor, the position at the heart of Cornwall means that it is less tourist-oriented than the coastal resorts. The town has good transport connections: the A30 connects Bodmin to the M5 at Exeter and there is a regular National Express coach service. Bodmin Parkway railway station lies just three miles away and First Great Western operate a high-speed rail service to London, Wales and the Cotswolds. For air travellers, Newquay International Airport links Bodmin to major cities both in the UK and in Europe.
Bodmin Job Opportunities
Bodmin is an important commercial centre and has several large industrial estates. According to the Cornwall Local Development Framework, jobs in Bodmin are found mainly within the wholesale and retail sectors, health and social care and motor vehicle repair, while manufacturing jobs are also common. Bodmin’s location in the heart of the countryside means that its food processing companies are key employers, but other thriving sectors include transport, distribution, finance and accounting. There are several primary schools and a large state comprehensive school, as well as a community hospital, so Bodmin offers the potential for health care jobs as well as opportunities in education.
Bodmin Employment Trends
The current unemployment rate, at 3%, is below the national average. Figures from Cornwall County Council suggest that in 2014, Bodmin and the surrounding area already produced 5% of Cornwall’s GVA from just 4% of the county’s population. Major schemes are proposed that will regenerate the town centre, create more housing and larger industrial units and office space and the town looks set to attract inward investment that will enhance future opportunities for jobs in Bodmin.