Tewkesbury is a town in the county of Gloucestershire in the South West of England, approximately 11 miles northeast of the county town, Gloucester, at the confluence of the River Severn and River Avon. It is situated at the heart of the motorway network, off junction 9 of the M5. Although Tewkesbury railway station closed many years ago, Ashchurch for Tewkesbury railway station, which is on the main line between Bristol and Birmingham, is only two miles away. Regular bus services connect the two. According to Rightmove, the overall average property in Tewkesbury is a little under £189,000, significantly lower than that in the nearby villages of Bishop’s Cleeve and Prestbury, the town of Cheltenham and Gloucestershire as a whole.
Tewkesbury Job Opportunities
Jobs in Tewkesbury are dominated by the service industry, which includes a high proportion of public sector administration jobs, education and healthcare jobs. Major manufacturing and engineering companies in the area include Dowty Propellers, Renishaw and Unilever, while opportunities in banking, finance and insurance are also plentiful. The combination of a key strategic location, a choice of business premises and an unrivalled quality of life has led to several national and international companies creating jobs in Tewkesbury.
Tewkesbury Employment Trends
Historically, jobs in Tewkesbury relied largely on agriculture, light engineering, and milling. However, with the decline of the traditional agricultural base, Tewkesbury has become increasingly dependent on the tourist trade. Tourist attractions include Tewkesbury Abbey, consecrated in 1121, a heritage and visitor centre and a nature reserve. A farmers’ market takes place on the second Saturday of every month and Tewkesbury provides retail shopping facilities for a considerable rural area. Certainly, the emphasis of the local economy has changed in recent years but, in October 2015, the unemployment rate in Tewkesbury was just 0.9%.