Chard is a town in Somerset in South West England. The town is situated in the south of the county, close to its border with Devon and is accessible, by road, via the M5 motorway and the A358, or the A30. The nearest railway station is Axminster Station, 7 miles to the south, which lies on the West of England Main Line between London Waterloo and Exeter St. David’s. According to Rightmove, the overall average property price in Chard is £178,463, similar or cheaper than nearby districts.
Chard Job Opportunities
In terms of historical jobs Chard rose to prominence as a centre for wool and cloth production in medieval times and, following the demise of those industries in the early 19th century, reinvented itself as a centre for lace production. Indeed, lace manufacturers such as Giford, Fox & Co. were major employers in the town until the early 20th century. Nowadays, manufacturing jobs make far and away the biggest contribution to the local economy, with cleaning equipment manufacturer Numatic International Ltd. and ready meal manufacturer Oscar Mayer the largest sources of such jobs in Chard. Railway electrification specialists Brecknell Willis & Co. Ltd. are major providers of engineering jobs in the town.
Chard Employment Trends
Chard was one of twelve Somerset towns that formed the Market and Coastal Towns Initiative, aimed at developing a strategic plan for social, economic and cultural issues, and part of the Somerset Market Towns Employment Project, which received a grant of €449,000 from the European Social Fund to develop local markets. The rate of unemployment in Chard is lower than the average for Somerset and, indeed, lower than the average for the United Kingdom as a whole. According to Somerset County Council, engineering, food and drink manufacturing and tourism jobs in Chard will make major contributions to the local economy in the future.