Innovate, Inspire, Invest The Midlands

Shropshire is unique. A county of contrasts, it is rooted in heritage and history but has its sights set firmly on the future.

It is already home to a range of big name, multi-national businesses like Müller, Doncasters, Fullwood, Culina Group and Caterpillar, and has many ‘home-grown’ businesses at the cutting-edge of technology and innovation.

Shropshire is also at the centre of the UK’s world class automotive sector and a leader in agri-tech and environmental technologies. Its newly established University Centre Shrewsbury and the Marches Centre of Manufacturing and Technology proves that it is serious about preserving and developing its skills-base for the future.

Also on the development agenda are three key strategic Growth Corridors designed to rejuvenate the county from North to South and East to West and, at the heart of it all, a transformative regeneration of the county town of Shrewsbury.

The Shrewsbury Big Town Plan is an ambitious development which seeks to create a town of the 21st century while preserving the heritage and history at its heart. It is a step change, ambitious and bold, reshaping the physical realm, matching it with an outstanding public experience, revolutionising movement and attracting major investment into the town.

Part of this major transformation is the regeneration of the Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings. Its innovative design gave the world its first iron-framed building, paving the way for the modern sky- scraper. 200 years on, this remarkable hub of innovation and catalyst of the industrial revolution is having new life breathed into it. By 2021, this five-story building will offer 25,000 square feet of office space, along with a community and learning centre and cafe on the ground floor.

Consequently, situated at the heart of the UK with great connectivity, a vibrant business community, and a lifestyle that is second to none, Shropshire is a serious investment proposition.

Steeped in history, Shropshire has a vision to creatively reuse its heritage buildings and estates for modern uses to create unique, inspiring places.

A number of exciting infrastructure projects aimed at providing development-ready sites are helping the county to realise its ambition for a sustainable future.

These include a major mixed-use development on the former Ironbridge Power Station site. This brownfield site is available for comprehensive new garden settlement development and provides the opportunity for true place-shaping including a range of housing, employment and associated community facilities.

Shropshire also offers a terrific lifestyle. House prices are below the national average, schools are among the best in the UK, there’s fresh country air, stunning scenery and a landscape that supports a wide range of leisure pursuits from extreme sports to more relaxed recreational activity : from exploring historical buildings and distinctive independent shops, to enjoying fine restaurants and great country pubs.

With so many factors making Shropshire such an attractive investment location, isn’t it time you took a closer look?

If you would like to discuss what Shropshire could offer your business then please speak to our Invest team on 01743 257777 or email us at or visit


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