Welcome to your new home!
Every year hundreds of people call Bath and North East Somerset home for the first time. It is a special place with exceptional credentials when it comes to quality of life and wellbeing. The City of Bath in particular has the benefit of having a small centre in relative terms where you can leisurely walk from one side to the other in half an hour - learning ones way around and developing a sense of belonging can develop quickly and almost simultaneously for some.
Bath's social scene is eclectic and inclusive and the towns and villages in the wider area are renowned for their vibrant communities. Bath and North East Somerset's local press channels testify to this and newspapers include Somerset Guardian and The Bath Chronicle as well as The Journal for the Midsomer Norton and Radstock area and the Chew Valley Gazette for the Chew Valley.
Bath Life and The Bath Magazine both offer a take on what's happening in the City and South West Business’ Agenda Magazine and South West Insider cover the latest business news for the area. The local radio station The Breeze also delivers hourly news bulletins and regular updates on local events and Bath On TV is a creative online community TV channel covering all aspects of Bath life.
The housing stockin Bath and North East Somerset varies from Georgian town houses to modern flats with exceptional sustianability credentials and every type in between.
Those moving to the area have the benefit of local residential property agents with good knowledge about the different locales all of which offer different benefits at different typical price ranges. A comprehensive list of agents who manage sales and lettings can be found through Rightmove.
A number of proposed residential developments in the area are currently the subject of public consulation, as the area needs new homes to enable its economy to grow and develop, but one development which is moving on apace in the heart of Bath is Bath Western Riverside which is breathing new life into a former industrial wasteland which lay derelict for 25 years until Crest Nicholson started work on a scheme that will see over 2,000 new homes built on 44 acres of land over 18 years.
As a business leader, you may not be seeking job opportunities for yourself, but may need to support a partner and/or family members in their search. Opportunities for work in Bath and North East Somerset are diverse and range from niche digital and software engineering to advanced manufacturing, high-end hospitality and boutique retail. This diversity of opportunity attracts individuals with all manner of career experience and commercial background in turn making it a hotbed for innovative thinking and entrepreneurship.
Employers in the area may recruit by word of mouth with some vacancies filled within hours of becoming available by local talent moving between indigenous firms. Twitter is fast becoming regarded as a legitimate recruitment tool and new arrivals in the area can sign up for the feeds of local networks to get one step ahead in the job hunting process. The online notice boards of the networks are also used for advertising opportunities so regular visits to them is worth building in to a job search. Find out which networks are relevant for you in Network and Learn in the Business section. Bath and North East Somerset Council provides a list of recruitment agencies as a starting point, but is not exhaustive. Local press sources which feature a jobs section include Somerset Guardian and The Bath Chronicle.
When it comes to family life, the area is renowned for the quality and variety of its state and public schools and further and higher educational establishments. Most schools offer a wide selection of extra-curricular activities and make the most of the rich history and breath-taking nature that the area has – as just one example, Pepperpot Nature Reserve is visited by local school children regularly for exploratory walks and learning adventures. Bath Mums, the local online parent network, has created a tool to search and compare local schools and their performance.
Opportunities for adult training and further education are plentiful too with the City of Bath College offering a full programme of evening classes and workshops in addition to numerous groups offering insightful and educational lectures and talks such as BRLSI, and Bath Box Office offers its own event line up too.
Bath and North East Somerset offers a multitude of ways to take time out and has plenty to offer enthusiasts of all kinds. Annual events take in an aray of themes from music to literature and film to fringe and an on-going, extensive cultural and arts-related events programme offers something for everyone. Visit Bath Festivals website for details.
For those looking to spend time in Bath itself, the City has a huge selection of galleries and museums including the acclaimed Holburne Museum, The American Museum, The Fashion Museum , Museum of Bath at Work and Museum of East Asian Art.
Countless other activities and attractions are available to young and old and cater for all tastes from the youngest theatre goers – The Egg - to the most well versed history enthusiast – The Roman Baths and for those who just want to enjoy the hot springs as the Romans did there's Thermae Bath Spa .
For those looking for outdoor activities, the Skyline Walk offers breath-taking views over the whole of Bath, while keen gardeners can get involved in guerilla gardening with Transition Bath or work with some of the other community groups including Alice Park Community Garden and Bath Organic Group. For cyclists there's the newly renovated, Odd Down Cycling Circuit and the Two Tunnels project now completes a cyclable loop of the city. For those who enjoy being by the water, there's boating on the river and walkers can enjoy the peace of the Avon and Kennet Canal path and routes around the serene Chew Valley Lake.
For sporting activites and facilties, the University of Bath's Sporting Village offers world-class facilities and in the heart of the City itself, Bath's Leisure Centre on North Parade and offers a wide selection of facilites including Zany Zone - Bath's most central indoor soft pay centre for children. For young explorers there's also plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventuring .
This is just a small sample of what is on offer with much more information, including links to what's on in other areas of Bath and North East Somerset, to be found on the Taking Time Out page and via Bath's tourist information site Visit Bath.