February 2013 message
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Suffolk is a diverse county consisting of modern towns, old villages, ancient castles, forests, heath, farmland and 45 miles of coastline. Although mostly a rural county, there are some large towns such as Ipswich and Lowestoft. Suffolk is home to the largest container port in Europe at Felixstowe and has two nuclear power stations at Sizewell. In the west of the county the historic town of Bury St Edmunds attracts many tourists and Newmarket is home to a famous race course.
Around 719,500 people live in Suffolk and this is expected to grow.
Located in the East of England, the area benefits from excellent transport links to other parts of UK and mainland Europe. London, the South East and the Midlands are easily reached by road, or rail. Europe can be reached via the ports of Felixstowe and Harwich and Stansted airport offers flights to Europe and beyond.
Suffolk is made up of seven local district and borough areas: Babergh, Forest Heath, Ipswich, Mid Suffolk, St Edmundsbury, Suffolk Coastal and Waveney. Suffolk borders on and has close links with Norfolk, visit Norfolk LMInet.
The key sectors that are growing in Suffolk are:
- Energy - particularly renewable energy
- Tourism. leisure and retail
- Food and drink
- Biotechnology and life sciences
- Creative industries
- Shipping and logistics
- Advanced manufacturing
There are job opportunities available for people with the right skills in most industries - even in those industries that are fairly small or even declining. This is because there is a need to replace workers who retire or leave.