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Bude Overview Bude, on the northern Cornwall coast, is one of those sleepy little tourist towns big town and city ...

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Bude Overview

Bude, on the northern Cornwall coast, is one of those sleepy little tourist towns big town and city dwellers dream of moving to. A small town of some 7,500 residents, it is an area heavily reliant on tourism. Access to Bude is via the A3073, off the main A39. Although Bude railway station was closed during the 1960s, a coach service transports passengers from Exeter St Davids to Bude Strand. Nearest railway stations are at Barnstaple, Bodmin Parkway or Gunnislake.

Infant, primary and secondary education is undertaken by a state infant school, primary school, and Budehaven community school which has specialist status for sports. There is also an independent school which takes babies from 3 months to 4 years in their ‘Early Years’ section, and onwards to year 6. Property prices are on a par with the rest of the UK and a rented one-bed flat will cost around £400 to £500 per month, and a 3-bedroom house £650 to £850 per month, according to rightmove.co.uk.

Bude Job Opportunities

With the large increase of population through the summer tourist months, seasonal and part-time work becomes available from late May onward for those looking for jobs in Bude. The world’s largest direct wine sales company provide sales representative opportunities, while electrical maintenance engineers jobs and work for fitters are offered by a manufacturer of workshop and in-vehicle equipment. Other vacancies exist for maintenance engineers, customer service positions, with healthcare jobs also being available.

Bude Employment Trends

According to papers published by Cornwall Council, new builds are expected to number 800 over the next 15 years to accommodate the expected population growth. Given this forecast, the hospitality sector, the construction industry, retail and wholesale businesses, the education service, health services, and social services are expected to increase their workforce, so for those looking for jobs in Bude, the outlook is positive. For those working outside of the direct Bude area, forestry, agriculture, and fishing continue to be the main sources of employment.

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