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About Hertfordshire

Hertfordshire is a county in South-east England whose southern border is just 12 miles from the centre of London. The county has a population of around 1 million residents. In addition to London, Hertfordshire borders, Bedfordshire (north), Cambridgeshire (north-east) and Essex (east).

The county is full of contrasts which blend together to create a superb quality of life for residents and visitors. Thriving modern towns have developed amongst historic market towns. Country lanes and sleepy picturesque villages are never far away.

There are over 30 settlements of a significant size in the County. The largest town is Watford, situated just within the M25 motorway. Other large, historic towns include St Albans, Hitchin and Hertford. New towns include Stevenage, Hemel, Hatfield and Welwyn Garden City. Hertfordshire County Council plays an important role in the life of the communities within the area and provides services to people in partnership with the private and public sectors, the voluntary sector and local people. Hertfordshire County Council employs 8,500 people directly although payroll extends to c. 31,500 staff – in schools across the county and in our four main offices in Hertfordshire: County Hall in Hertford, Farnham & Robertson House in Stevenage, Apsley 1 and 2 in Apsley, and our multi-purpose accommodation at Mundells in Welwyn Garden City. We pride ourselves on working with a number of statutory and non-statutory partners. These range from representatives from local district and borough councils, voluntary and community organisations, local businesses and other statutory agencies. Successful partnership working is fundamental to the delivery of public services.

Hertfordshire has a strong diverse economy with particularly important sectors in pharmaceuticals, space technology and high value engineering, financial services and telecommunications, film, media and creative industries. Employment and skills levels are high with over half of Hertfordshire’s workforce employed in knowledge based industries. Hertfordshire was one of the first places to be approved for an Enterprise Partnership. The LEP is established with strong business, academia, and Local Government representation, and a clear ambition to be in the top three economies in the country outside London.

Hertfordshire is well connected nationally and internationally with four national motorways, three neighbouring international airports and two main line rail routes.

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