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Lichfield Area Guide
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We have three commercial properties located in the Staffordshire city of Lichfield, some 16 miles north of Birmingham city centre. Regarded as a heritage city, Lichfield benefits from being in close proximity to a number of main arterial roads and motorways, opening the door to a wealth of industries across the West Midlands. The city is closest to the M6 Toll, which offers a direct route north and south of Birmingham without having to venture through Birmingham city centre.
Meanwhile, Lichfield’s immediate links to nearby towns such as Tamworth, Cannock, Stafford and Burton upon Trent are also extremely beneficial, fostering trade opportunities across Staffordshire. As Lichfield grows as a commuter city and enhances its connections to England’s second city, Birmingham, our industrial spaces are becoming ever more invaluable to growing businesses. For instance, our single-storey units on Shires Industrial Estate are closely linked to the M6 Toll and A38, with direct road links into Birmingham city centre.
In addition, our available units at Trent Valley Road’s Interchange Park – positioned north of Lichfield – are better placed for road links into Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire via the northbound A38.
Our spaces at Trent Valley Road in particular benefit from immediate access to Lichfield Trent Valley railway station, which is a stop on the well-served Glasgow-to-London west coast mainline service. Global commerce is made possible by being well-placed to reach both East Midlands and Birmingham International airports in under an hour.
Lichfield’s modest city centre has a wealth of good places to eat. In particular, Bird Street is the most popular for restaurants, with everything from British classics for a quick bite to eat to Asian cuisine and Bistros better suited for wining and dining business prospects and delegates.
Our Trent Valley Road units are just a short distance from the city centre via Church Street, making it easy for staff to venture out and get a light bite at lunchtime. Meanwhile, our spaces within Shires Industrial Estate are in close proximity to The Bowling Green public house, serving a range of international cuisine. The city centre restaurants are less than a mile from Shires Industrial Estates via Birmingham Road and The Friary.
Although Lichfield is surrounded by picturesque countryside and charming villages and enjoys a relatively laid-back pace of life in the city itself, many leading global businesses have sought Lichfield as a strategic headquarters for their business. Household automotive firms such as Rolls Royce and Toyota can be found here, along with the engine manufacturer, Bombardier. Light industry is rife here in Lichfield given its proximity to major motorways and mainline railways.
Within the city centre, there are obviously a range of vibrant retail areas, notably the Three Spires Shopping Centre, featuring all the leading High Street brands. Retail is a major employer in the city, with the area also famed for its quintessential independent boutique shops. Tourism is also high on the list of employers, given Lichfield’s plethora of historical buildings and close links to Charles Darwin.
Lichfield finds itself home to a wealth of notable buildings and attractions. Undoubtedly the most famous building in the city is its medieval cathedral – the only one in Europe boasting three spires. It is quite the spectacle and makes for a spectacular backdrop to the city. In terms of the area’s heritage, there is also the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum and Erasmus Darwin House – the latter is said to have been a huge inspiration to his grandson and Lichfield’s very own Charles Darwin.
Lichfield is also a city of the arts and culture, with the Garrick Theatre regularly playing host to sold-out plays, shows and musicals designed to suit all tastes.
A little venture outside of Lichfield’s city centre and you will find Beacon Park. This beautiful award-winning park has plentiful gardens and historic monuments to explore, as well as a children’s play area and sporting activities that give young families plenty to do in the summer sunshine.
Taking it back to business and Lichfield also has a string of beneficial conference and seminar venues which are useful locations to host key board meetings and networking events. The Garrick Theatre can be used as a conference venue, along with the Holiday Inn Express. Meanwhile, Lichfield Guildhall’s Whytmore Room is ideal for more intimate meetings and conferences.
University of Staffordshire
The University of Staffordshire opened a new campus in Lichfield back in 1998, owned jointly with Tamworth and Lichfield College. This partnership is unique between South Staffordshire Colleges and the University of Staffordshire, giving those north-east of Birmingham an opportunity to broaden their horizons locally. It also gives businesses based in Lichfield the ability to tap into a rich vein of young talent, with graduates studying in Business, Law, Education, Computing, Engineering and Sciences and Health Sciences here.
The Lichfield campus is right in the heart of the city centre, just a short walk from Lichfield City train station.
The Cathedral City of Lichfield boasts a proud and distinguished history and to this day manages to retain its sense of Georgian charm whilst developing as a hub for many growing industries in Staffordshire. There is a strong cultural connection in Lichfield, with intellectuals such as Charles Darwin, Garrick and Seward and Samuel Johnson all thought to be from the region.
Although Lichfield sits a short distance from the midst of the Black Country, the city has managed to develop its own sense of identity in the 21st century as a cosmopolitan, forward-thinking city that’s a great place to live and do business.
The city’s pedestrianised district has undergone huge investment and modernisation in recent years, creating a bustling retail hub whilst maintaining tradition with the Market Square still one of the most popular farmer’s markets in the county. The city also has a serene network of canals that are perfect to explore in the summer, with an excellent pub culture here too along the old towpaths.