Living in Rutland and Running a Business

Rutland has a strong sense of community, and this translates into a very supportive network for local businesses. When you add this to the fact that the county also enjoys good transport links and 95% coverage for superfast broadband, you realise it’s a great place to start up.

The count has roughly 1900 businesses operating, with the manufacturing and service sectors seeing particularly strong growth. The two main towns, Oakham and Uppingham, play host to many of these and provide a great base from which to operate. For more details and stats, Rutland County Council has a section on their website dedicated to supporting businesses (https://www.rutland.gov.uk/my-business/business-support/), and it is updated on a regular basis.

The county has a dedicated economic development team. However, Business Lincolnshire (https://www.businesslincolnshire.com/) offers a Growth Hub which provides excellent mentoring, support, and guidance to business owners in Rutland too. It also has a great selection of business experts to tap into for advice, including those with knowledge on how to obtain grants and finance.

In addition to this, Rutland is part of what was known as the Greater Cambridge and Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership, but is now known as The Business Board of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority. This is a good source of knowledge and support as well.

Thus, if you’re looking to start a business in Rutland, and are keen to develop and grow, you have a selection of resources to hand to help you on your way.

Digital Rutland – A partnership project between the County Council, BT, and Broadband Delivery UK; its objective is to connect businesses to fibre broadband. Roll out is set to complete by 2022. Already 96% of premises are now able to access superfast broadband.

Project Gigabit – A government supported scheme country-wide that is aiming to reach 85% gigabit-capable coverage by 2025.

Crime rates are low, life expectancy rates are high, and overall Rutland supports an active and enriched community. So it’s great for running a small business, and it’s great for fine-tuning your work/life balance!

There is plenty to offer families, couples, and individuals looking to develop a good quality of life.

  • Outstanding schools, with both private and state schools within easy reach. We have a page dedicated to schools in Rutland, please click here
  • A wonderful choice of outdoor activities to keep you fit, healthy, and entertained. Everything from walking and cycling, to sailing, water sports, riding, and fishing. To find out more about things to do in Rutland, please see our page dedicated to this subject.
  • Shopping to suit all tastes. From high street chains, to wonderful farmers’ markets and chic boutiques.

If you’re looking for a house that is a home – what are your options?

Rutland is a sought after place to live, and for good reason. Oakham and Uppingham are wonderful if you’re seeking all the conveniences of town living but oodles of charm and character to go with that. However, rural living is extremely well supported in the county, and you will be spoilt for choice with the plentiful mix of villages dotted across the area. For more information on finding a property in Rutland, click here.

As mentioned at the beginning, Rutland is well served by travel links.

By car:

  • Corby – Approx. 20 mins
  • Peterborough – Approx. 20 mins
  • Melton Mowbray – Approx. 20 mins
  • Market Harborough – Approx. 30 mins
  • Leicester – Approx. 40 mins
  • Northampton – Approx. 45 mins
  • Nottingham – Approx. 55 mins
  • Centre of London – Approx. 2hrs 20 mins

By train – Station in Oakham:

  • Birmingham New Street: 90 mins
  • Leicester: 30 mins
  • Peterborough: 30 mins
  • London: 90 mins

By air:

  • East Midlands Airport: 55 mins
  • Birmingham International: 75mins
  • Stansted: 90 mins
  • Luton: 90 mins

To find out more about travel links to and from Rutland, please read our dedicated travel page here.

How can we help you with finding property in Rutland?

To understand if Rutland is right for you, particularly with respect to your needs as a business owner, Charlie Rearden,

our local Regional Director for the area, will always spend time carrying out an initial consultation with you. This can be face to face, but obviously geographical constraints can make this hard so meetings via Skype/Zoom are very productive too. Once Charlie has a clear idea of what you’re looking for, and why, he will then be able to offer you:

  • The best properties to suit your budget and taste.
  • The most suitable locations to meet your business and travel needs.
  • The easiest access to maintain and enjoy family connections.

However, it’s worth noting that as a property finder we help not only with your house hunt but we also oversee the purchase process all the way to completion. And in taking on this role, we thus remove many of the troublesome obstacles you may encounter e.g. organising surveyors, conveyancers, and tradespeople.

If you’d like to discuss your plans, or find out more to understand how property in Rutland might just be the place for you to settle, then give Charlie a call on 01780 678770 or 07779 261744

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    “Thank you very much.  We are very excited on the purchase of the flat as well.  Sara has been instrumental in every aspect, we are blessed to have her on our side.”
     
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