East Midlands is one of nine official regions of
England at the
first level of NUTS for statistical purposes. The eastern part of the
Midlands, it consists of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire
(except North and North East Lincolnshire), Northamptonshire,
Nottinghamshire and Rutland.
The region has an area of 15,627 km2 (6,034 sq mi), and
was home to over 4.5 million people in 2011. There are five
principal urban centres, Derby, Leicester, Lincoln,
Nottingham; and a number of next tier centres including Boston,
Chesterfield, Corby, Grantham, Hinckley, Kettering, Loughborough,
Mansfield, Newark and Wellingborough. The region's relative proximity
London and its connectivity on the national motorway and trunk road
networks help the
East Midlands thrive as an economic hub. The
region's principal airport is
East Midlands Airport
East Midlands Airport located
≤20 km (≤12.5 miles) from Ashby, Derby, Ilkeston,
Loughborough and Nottingham.
3 Population and settlement
4.5 Transport policy
Danelaw and the Anglo-Saxons
5.3 Civil War
5.4 Scientific heritage
5.6 Industrial heritage
Second World War
5.8 Regional governance
6.1 Social deprivation
7 Local government
9.2 Construction and building materials
9.3 Textiles and clothing
9.5 Food processing
9.7 High technology
10.1 Secondary education
10.2 Top twenty state schools in the
East Midlands (2015 A-level
11.2 Rugby Union
12 Local media
13 See also
15 External links
The high point at 636 m (2,087 ft) is Kinder Scout, in the
Peak District of the southern
Pennines in northwest
Glossop. Other upland, hilly areas of 95 to 280 m (312 to
919 ft) in altitude, together with lakes and reservoirs, rise in
and around the
Charnwood Forest north of Leicester, and in the
Lincolnshire Wolds.
The region's major rivers, the Nene, the Soar, the Trent and the
Welland, flow in a northeasterly direction towards the
Humber and the
Wash. The Derwent, conversely, rises in the High Peak before flowing
south to join the Trent some 2 miles (3 km) before its conflux
with the Soar.
Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts, next to the Trent, and Waitrose, in
The centre of the
East Midlands area lies roughly between Bingham,
Nottinghamshire and Bottesford, Leicestershire. The geographical
England lies in
Higham on the Hill
Higham on the Hill in west Leicestershire,
close to the boundary between the East and West Midlands. Some 88% of
the land is rural in character, although agriculture accounts for less
than three per cent of the region's jobs.
Lincolnshire is the only maritime county of the six, with a true North
Sea coastline of about 30 miles (48 km) due to the protection
afforded by Spurn Head and the North Norfolk foreshore.[citation
needed] Church Flatts Farm in Coton in the Elms, South Derbyshire, is
the furthest place from the sea in the UK (70 miles, 110 km). In
April 1936 the first
Ordnance Survey trig point was sited at Cold
Ashby in Northamptonshire.
Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts
Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts and
The Wildlife Trusts
The Wildlife Trusts are based
next to the
River Trent and Newark Castle railway station. The
National Centre for Earth Observation
National Centre for Earth Observation is at the University of
The region is home to large quantities of limestone, and the East
Midlands Oil Province.
Charnwood Forest is noted for its abundant
levels of volcanic rock, estimated to be approximately 600 million
25% of the UK's cement is manufactured in the region at three large
sites in Hope and Tunstead in Derbyshire, and in Ketton
in Rutland. Of the aggregates that are produced in the region, 25%
Derbyshire and 4-% is from Leicestershire.
Nottinghamshire each produce around 30% of the region's sand and
Leicestershire had Britain's largest meteorite (7 kg,
15 lb) on 24 December 1965. The 2008
Lincolnshire earthquake was
Areas of the
East Midlands designated by the East Midlands
Biodiversity Partnership as Biodiversity Conservation Areas
Derbyshire Peak Fringe and Lower Derwent
Lincolnshire Limewoods and Heaths* The
The Peak District
Lincolnshire and N Northamptonshire
Major Oak in Sherwood Forest; a traditional landmark of the north-east
Midlands; Britain's oldest tree is the
Fortingall Yew in Perthshire;
there are an estimated 3.8bn trees in the UK, with half of these in
Scottish conifer forests. The current
Sheriff of Nottingham
Sheriff of Nottingham is Glyn
Areas of the
East Midlands designated by the East Midlands
Biodiversity Partnership as Biodiversity Enhancement Areas include:
Lincolnshire Coastal Grazing Marshes
The National Forest
The Yardley-Whittlewood Ridge
Two nationally designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
The Peak District
Several towns in the southern part of the region, including Market
Harborough, Desborough, Rothwell, Corby, Kettering, Thrapston, Oundle
and Stamford, lie within the boundaries of what was once Rockingham
Forest – a designated royal forest.
Rockingham Forest was designated
as a royal hunting forest by William the Conqueror, and was long used
by English kings and queens.
The National Forest is an environmental project in central
by The National Forest Company. Areas of north Leicestershire, south
Derbyshire and southeast Staffordshire, covering around 200 square
miles (520 km2; 52,000 ha), are being planted, in an attempt
to blend ancient woodland with new plantings to create a new national
forest. It stretches from the western outskirts of
Leicester in the
east to Burton upon Trent in the west, and is planned to link the
ancient forests of Needwood and Charnwood.
Sherwood Forest in
Nottinghamshire attracts many visitors, and is
perhaps best known for its ties with the legend of Robin Hood.
In the June 2016 EU referendum, only
Rushcliffe voted to
stay, and Boston had the highest proportion of leave voters
Regional financial funding decisions for the
East Midlands are taken
East Midlands Councils, based in Melton Mowbray. East Midlands
Councils is not an elected body; it is made up of representatives of
local government in the region.
East Midlands Development Agency was headquartered next to the
East Midlands office in Nottingham, and made financial decisions
regarding economic development in the region.
However, since the Conservative-Lib Dem Government launched their
spending cuts programme after their success at the 2010 general
election, regional bodies such as those held by the Regional
Development Agencies have been devolved to smaller groups now on a
County level. As a region today, there is no overriding body with
significant financial or planning powers for the East Midlands.
Population and settlement
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Further information: See the lists by population of settlements in
Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire,
Nottinghamshire and Rutland
The East Midlands' largest settlements are Leicester, Nottingham,
Derby, Northampton, Chesterfield, Lincoln, Mansfield,
Leicester is the largest city in the region, whilst the
Nottingham Urban Area is its largest urban conurbation.
9% of all jobs in the region are in logistics. Traffic in the region
is growing at 2% per year – the highest growth rate of all regions
in the United Kingdom. It has been estimated that there are
approximately 140,000 heavy goods vehicle journeys made inside the
region each day.
The M1 (part of the E13 European route) serves the four largest urban
areas in the region, namely Northampton, Leicester,
Nottingham, and affords a motorway link between
London and Yorkshire.
To the east of the largest cities lies the A1 (part of the E15
European route), an important route for journeys to and from ports on
England's northeast coast and the capital, and is a major artery for
the United Kingdom's agricultural industry.
The A46 follows the
Fosse Way which, since Roman times, has provided a
connection between the southwestern and northeastern parts of England.
The A43 dual carriageway connects the
East Midlands with the M40
motorway corridor and on to the South of
The historically important A5 runs along the south west Leicestershire
boundary to the south of
Lutterworth and Hinckley.
East Midlands Airport
East Midlands Airport (looking west)
East Midlands Airport
East Midlands Airport in North West
Leicestershire is situated in
proximity to the region's largest cities; some 14 miles from the
Derby and Nottingham, with central
Leicester being half as
far again. The airport is the region's biggest public airport, used by
over 4 million passengers annually.
Rivalry between the region's three biggest cities has led to a
long-running discussion about the identity of both the airport, and
region, with The
East Midlands rarely found on any non-political map
of the UK. The name was at one point changed to
Midlands Airport so as to include the name of the city that is
supposedly most internationally recognisable, mainly due to the Robin
Hood legend. However, the airport has a
Derby phone number and
postcode, and is in Leicestershire, but is officially assigned to
Nottingham by IATA. As a result of the dispute, the name change was
soon reverted, to now include all city names.
Air cargo aircraft at EMA
Three of the world's four main international airfreight companies
(integrators) have their UK operations at EMA: DHL, UPS and
bought by UPS);
FedEx have theirs at Stansted. It is the
second-largest freight airport in the UK after Heathrow, but most
freight from EMA is carried on dedicated planes, whereas most freight
from Heathrow is carried on passenger planes (bellyhold). Royal Mail
have their main airport hubs at Heathrow and EMA, as EMA is
conveniently near the M1, A42 and A50. Heathrow takes around 60% of UK
air freight, and EMA around 10%, with Stansted,
Manchester and Gatwick
next. Air freight has grown at EMA from 1994–2004 from around
10,000 tonnes to over 250,000 tonnes; previously it did not
have much air freight. The main hours of cargo flying are from
20:00–05:00; domestic cargo flies into the airport in the evening,
then from 11:30–23:30 to 01:30, cargo flies to European capitals,
then from 03:00–05:00 cargo flies from Europe to EMA. It is the UK's
twelfth-largest passenger airport; the runway is the UK's
sixth-longest at 2,900 metres (9,500 ft).
Royal Mail flights from
EMA go to Belfast, Edinburgh, Inverness, Aberdeen, Newcastle, Exeter
and Bournemouth, and it is the largest UK
Royal Mail air hub, with
eleven flights per night.
DHL is the main route carrier at EMA by far
with 20 flights per night, UPS have 6, and
TNT have 2 (
Liège); for hubs in Europe,
DHL flies to Leipzig, UPS to Cologne, and
TNT at Liege.
Smaller airports include
Retford Gamston Airport,
Hucknall Airfield, Sywell Aerodrome, and
Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield lies
just outside the East Midlands, in South Yorkshire, but is within the
historic boundaries of Nottinghamshire.
Newark North Gate railway station
Two of the United Kingdom's mainline railways serve the region: the
Midland Main Line
Midland Main Line and the East Coast Main Line, providing services
London St Pancras railway station and
Cross railway station respectively. Both operators provide regular
high-speed services to London, at up to 125 mph (200 km/h),
serving Wellingborough, Kettering, Corby, Market Harborough,
Leicester, Loughborough, Derby,
East Midlands Parkway, Nottingham,
Chesterfield, Grantham, Newark North Gate and Retford.
Long Buckby are served by the
Northampton Loop of the West Coast Main
Line. England's primary southwest to northeast Cross Country Route
runs through Derby. Worksop, Mansfield, Lincoln, Matlock, Melton
Mowbray, Skegness, Boston, Spalding and Oakham are served by regional
A land speed record for trains was broken in the region. Although the
record was set in 1938, the current world speed record for steam
trains is held by LNER Class A4 4468 Mallard, which clocked
126 mph (203 km/h) between
Grantham and Peterborough,
pulling six coaches on the
East Coast Main Line
East Coast Main Line near
Little Bytham in
Lincolnshire, on 3 July 1938. The Mallard record was not broken by any
BR train until 6 June 1973 when an HST between
Thirsk reached 131 mph (211 km/h); Mallard in 1938 had 6
carriages and a dynamometer car. The national speed record (pre-High
Speed 1) for electric trains of 162 mph (261 km/h) was set
on the same stretch as the Mallard record on 17 September 1989 by
Class 91 91010 (now painted with the livery of the Battle of Britain
There are currently plans to bring a new high-speed rail line through
East Midlands as part of the
High Speed 2
High Speed 2 project. Phase 2 of this
project would see a new line connecting
Birmingham to Leeds, with a
proposed station in
Toton known as the
East Midlands Hub.
River Trent at the former High Marnham Power Station, next to the
1897 Fledborough Viaduct; the power station, built in 1959, was
Europe's first 1000MW coal power station (5 x 200MW) and consumed coal
from 17 collieries; the area is the largest collection of power
stations in Europe, being known as Kilowatt Valley
The Trent is a navigable river, and is used to transport goods to the
Humber, as well as passing by many power stations. The Trent is the
only river in
England to be able to support cooling water for power
stations for most of its length; it has the largest water capacity in
England, although it is not the longest.
Several rivers in the region gave their name to early Rolls-Royce jet
engines, namely the Nene, the Welland, and the Soar.
As part of the transport planning system, the now defunct Regional
Assembly was under statutory requirement to produce a Regional
Transport Strategy to provide long term planning for transport in the
region. This involved region wide transport schemes such as those
carried out by the
Highways Agency and Network Rail.
Within the region, local transport authorities carry out transport
planning through the use of a Local Transport Plan (LTP), which
outlines their strategies, policies and implementation programme.
The most recent LTP is that for the period 2006–11. In the East
Midlands region the following transport authorities have published
their LTP online: Derbyshire, Leicestershire. Lincolnshire,
Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire and
Rutland U.A. The
unitary authorities of Derby, Leicester and Nottingham
have each written a joint LTP in collaboration with their respective
local county councils.
A historical basis for such an area exists in the territory of the
Corieltauvi tribe. When the Romans took control of the region, they
Leicester one of their main forts (then named Ratae
Corieltauvorum). The main town in the region in Roman times was
Lincoln, at the confluence of the
Fosse Way and Ermine Street.
The Five Boroughs of the Danelaw
Danelaw and the Anglo-Saxons
The region also corresponds to the later Five Boroughs of the Danelaw,
and the eastern half of the Anglian Kingdom of Mercia. In around 917
the region was subdivided between
Danelaw (Vikings) to the north, and
Mercia (Saxons) to the south. By 920, this border was moved further
north to the River Humber. Evidence of the
Danelaw can be seen in
place-name endings of the region's villages, particularly towards the
east. The Danes under Canute recaptured the area from around 1016 to
Two main battles in the
English Civil War
English Civil War were the
Battle of Naseby
Battle of Naseby in
Northamptonshire on 14 June 1645, and the Battle of Winceby
on 11 October 1643 in eastern Lincolnshire.
Isaac Newton, born in
Grantham in 1642 is perhaps the most prolific
scientist ever. His accomplishments include Calculus, Newton's laws of
Newton's law of universal gravitation
Newton's law of universal gravitation among many other.
There is a shopping centre named in his honour in Grantham. Thomas
Leicestershire is known for his Simpson's rule; Roger
Cotes invented the concept of the radian in 1714, but the term was not
named until 1873.
Henry Cavendish, loosely connected with Derbyshire, discovered
hydrogen in 1766 (although the element's name came from Antoine
Lavoisier), and Cavendish was the first to estimate an accurate mass
of the Earth in 1798 in his Cavendish experiment. The Cavendish
Laboratory at the
University of Cambridge
University of Cambridge is named after a relative.
Herbert Spencer coined the term "survival of the fittest" in 1864,
which was once strongly linked with social Darwinism. Sir John
Flamsteed was the first
Astronomer Royal of the Royal Observatory,
Greenwich in 1675. Robert Bakewell, of Dishley in
known for his English
Leicester sheep, invented selective breeding;
English Longhorn were the first ever cattle bred for beef.
George Boole, pioneer of
Boolean logic (upon which all digital
electronics and computers depend), was born in Lincoln in 1815. The
application of Boole's theory to digital circuit design would come in
1937 by Claude Shannon. Boole's grandson, the physicist G. I. Taylor,
made significant experimental contributions to quantum mechanics. The
first practical demonstration of radar was near
Daventry in 1935.
Robert Robinson, of
Chesterfield in Derbyshire, invented the circular
symbol in 1925 for the pi bonds of the benzene ring, as found on all
structural diagrams of aromatic compounds. Nicola Pellow, a maths
Leicester Polytechnic, whilst at CERN in November
1990, wrote the world's second web browser.
Silicone was invented 1899 by Prof
Frederick Kipping at University
Michael Creeth of
Northampton discovered the
hydrogen-bonding mechanism between DNA bases, allowing the structure
of DNA to be discovered. Nottinghamshire's Ken Richardson was in
charge of the team at Pfizer in Sandwich, Kent that in 1981 discovered
Fluconazole (Diflucan), the world's leading antifungal medicine,
especially useful for people with weakened immune systems, and has few
side effects; he is now one of the few Britons in the National
Inventors Hall of Fame. Don Grierson at the University of Nottingham
was the first to invent a GM tomato, which was the first GM food on
sale in the UK, and the USA.
Louis Essen, a physicist from Nottingham, made advances in the quartz
clock in the 1930s at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington,
to produce the quartz ring clock in 1938, and the caesium clock, known
as the atomic clock, in 1955. During the war he invented the cavity
resonance wavemeter to find the first accurate value of the speed of
light. The atomic clock works on differences in magnetic spin. Before
Essen's invention, the second was defined on the orbit of the Earth
around the Sun; he changed it in 1967 to be based on the hyperfine
structure of the caesium-133 atom.
Coordinated Universal Time
Coordinated Universal Time (UTC),
in Paris, takes the average of 300 atomic clocks around the world.
Steep Hill in Lincoln
Fox hunting is historically linked with the East Midlands
East Midlands English, English language in England
§ East Midlands, and
Received Pronunciation § History
East Midlands colloquially use a distinctive form of spoken
dialect and accent in some areas. It also has some history in the
Received Pronunciation and southern
England accents. The
above links expand on these in detail.
The area is known historically for its food, examples of which include
Red Leicester, the
Lincolnshire sausage, the
Melton Mowbray pork pie,
Bakewell tart, and the Bramley apple.
D. H. Lawrence
D. H. Lawrence is perhaps the region's best known author, although
only gained full recognition in the late twentieth century. The Key
Words Reading Scheme (Peter and Jane) was first produced in 1964 by
Ladybird of Loughborough, being still all in print, helped many
children to read; the books were the idea of Douglas Keen of Heanor,
which got going in 1948; the first book was British Birds and Their
Ladybird Books were published in
Loughborough throughout their
1960s and 1970s heyday, with the site closing 1998.
William Booth of
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army in 1865.
Another religious order, the Pilgrim Fathers, originated from Babworth
near Retford. The Quakers, also known as the Religious Society of
Friends, were founded by Leicestershire-born (Fenny Drayton) George
Fox, who had inspiration whilst living in
Mansfield in 1647. Thomas
Cranmer from Aslockton made the
Book of Common Prayer.
Joseph Wright of
Derby an artist whose paintings symbolised the
struggle between science and religious values in the Age of
Enlightenment. He was also suggested to be "the first professional
painter to express the spirit of the Industrial Revolution".
Charles Frederick Worth, born in
Lincolnshire in 1825, is considered
to be the founder of Parisian haute couture, and thought be world's
first true fashion designer.
The region can claim the world's first factory, Sir Richard
Arkwright's Cromford Mill. Additionally, the world's oldest working
factory can also be found in the area, producing textiles at Lea
Bridge, owned by John Smedley. Both sites are part of the region's
only World Heritage Site, the Derwent Valley Mills. An opportunist
employee of the
Derbyshire textile factories,
Samuel Slater of Belper
saw his chance and (illegally) eloped in 1789 to
Rhode Island in the
USA after memorising the layout of the textile machinery while working
at Jedediah Strutt's Milford Mill. He was warmly welcomed by the
inhabitants of the newly formed USA, so much so that he was later
named the "Father of the American Industrial Revolution".
Britain's hosiery and knitwear industry was largely based in the
region, and in the 1980s it had more textile workers than any other
British region. The stocking frame was invented 1587 in Calverton,
Nottinghamshire by Rev William Lee; these were the first known
knitting machines and heralded the industrial revolution by providing
the necessary machinery. The world's first (horse-powered) cotton mill
was built in central
Nottingham in 1768.
Marvel's Mill in Northampton
was the first cotton mill to be powered by water.
John Barber of
Nottinghamshire had invented a simple gas turbine in
1791 (when living in Nuneaton). Lincoln was the site of the first tank
(first built on 8 September 1915,
Little Willie was the first tank,
and is the oldest surviving tank in the world, originally called the
No.1 Lincoln Machine), and
Grantham the first diesel engine (in 1892).
The jet engine was first developed in the region in
Whetstone, with the
VTOL engine also (initially) developed in
Hucknall. The first jet aircraft flew from
RAF Cranwell in May 1941.
Second World War,
Derby was an important strategic
location, as it was in
Derby that Rolls-Royce developed and
manufactured their iconic Merlin aero-engine. During the
War, all of R-R's engineering staff had been transferred to Belper.
The innovative but aborted APT, designed in Derby, seen here in May
Derby was also home to an important railway workshop, initially for
the Midland Railway, then the London, Midland and Scottish Railway,
and finally British Railways.
British Rail Research Division
British Rail Research Division in Derby
invented the APT (
British Rail Class 370) and Maglev. The first ever
steel rails were laid in 1857 in
Derby railway station for the Midland
At its peak,
Corby Steelworks were the largest in Britain. The
collapsible baby buggy was invented in 1965 at Barby, Northamptonshire
by Owen Maclaren. Ford's £8 million
Daventry Parts Distribution
Centre (Ford Parts Centre) was fully opened on 6 September 1972 (the
first southern section opened in 1968), and was the UK's largest
building by floor area for many years at 36.7 acres (149,000 m2),
and is situated opposite the
How a zoom lens works; the principle was largely first invented in
See also: History of photographic lens design
The largest camera in the world was built in 1957 in
Rolls-Royce, which weighed 27 tonnes and was around 8 feet
(2.4 m) high, 8 feet (2.4 m) wide and 35 feet (11 m)
long, with a 63-inch (1,600 mm) lens made by Cooke Apochromatic.
Cooke Optics and
Taylor-Hobson were major supplier of lenses for
Star Wars was filmed with their lenses, filmed in England.
Horace W. Lee invented the inverted telephoto lens (known as the
Angénieux retrofocus) in 1931, lengthening the back focal length of
the camera for the 1930s
Technicolor Process and for vignetting.
Arthur Warmisham of Taylor & Hobson invented the first
non-telescopic 35 mm zoom lens, the Cooke Varo 40– 120mm
Lens, in a camera manufactured by Bell & Howell of the USA. The
popular 35 mm
Eyemo film camera came with Cooke lenses. Much of
World War II aerial photography, where definition was important, was
through Cooke lenses, due to their Apochromatic process. In the 1950s
and 1960s, the Cooke Speed Panchro lenses were the most popular choice
for cinema films, then from the 1970s their Varotal zoom lens, which
would win Gordon Henry Cook the 1988
Gordon E. Sawyer Award at the
Oscars. Harold Hopkins (physicist), of Leicester, also did important
work on the zoom lens (he largely invented it) and fibre-optics.
J. P. Knight of
Nottingham is credited with inventing green and red
traffic lights (installed in London) on 9 December 1868, but these
lasted only three weeks; traffic lights would be introduced only from
the 1920s in
London (from an American-led design scheme); the first
modern day traffic lights were in
Piccadilly from August
1926. Edgar Purnell Hooley, a
Nottinghamshire surveyor, in 1901 was in
Denby and found a stretch of road surface that was smooth from an
accidental leak of tar over the surface. He patented a process of
mixing tar with chipped stones in 1902, forming Tarmac, a name which
he patented. Radcliffe Road (A6011) in
West Bridgford in 1902 was the
first tarmac road (5 miles or 8.0 kilometres long) in the world.
Mettoy was a famous firm in the St James area of Northampton, which
from 1933 produced Corgi toys (mostly made in
Swansea and designed in
Northampton), and in the 1970s it made the space hopper; the company
collapsed in 1983, moving to Swansea. In
Leicestershire was Palitoy,
another world-famous firm in Coalville;
General Mills bought it in
1968 and production ceased in 1984, and the site was closed by Hasbro
in 1994. Pedigree Dolls & Toys (Sindy) was in Wellingborough,
closing in 1982. The first plastic DVD case was made in
Amaray. Britain's first out-of-town shopping centre was opened in
November 1964 by GEM at West Bridgford, on a site now owned by ASDA,
who bought the site in 1967.
Much integrated circuit and semiconductor research was carried out at
Caswell (Plessey) near Towcester, ahead of much of what was being
achieved in America by Jack Kilby;
Plessey invented a model of the
integrated circuit in 1957. It was later a site for manufacturing
monolithic microwave integrated circuits in the 1990s by Marconi
Materials Technology. The site was Plessey's main research site during
Second World War and also known as the Allen Clark Research
Centre. On 15 December 1966, the first electronic telephone exchange
in Europe opened at
Ambergate in Derbyshire.
Torksey railway viaduct, built across the Trent in 1849, is considered
to be the first box girder bridge, designed by Sir John Fowler, 1st
Baronet. The tallest freestanding structure in the region is the
chimney of West Burton power station (north Nottinghamshire) at
200 m (656 ft).
Nottingham Combined Heating and Power Scheme
is the largest district heating system in the UK, centred on the
Eastcroft incinerator, opened in 1973.
Second World War
See also: Strategic bombing during World War II
Most of the region was protected by a solitary RAF station, RAF Digby
near Sleaford, part of
No. 12 Group RAF and controlled from RAF
Watnall. Within the East Midlands, only
Nottingham was heavily bombed
Second World War's Blitz, due to the presence of a large
Royal Ordnance factory. However, much of the aerial obliteration of
Germany was directed from the region, with two bomber groups based in
Lincolnshire (No.1 and No.5), and a few squadrons in South
The current government office region was created in 1994. Government
funding decisions moved from
Melton Mowbray (the East Midlands
Regional Assembly) to
East Midlands Development
Agency) in April 2010.
Watford Gap services, Britain's first motorway service station, seen
here in May 2006, which opened in November 1959
For teenage pregnancy rates in the region, of top-tier authorities,
Nottingham has the highest rate. For council districts,
Corby has the
highest rate. For top-tier authorities,
Rutland has the lowest rate,
and the lowest rate for any district in England. The council district
with the lowest rate is South Northamptonshire, although it has a rate
greater than that of Rutland.
Rutland has the highest total fertility
rate for British counties (top-tier authorities). The borough of
Boston has the highest TFR for district councils.
The region has the second-lowest overall population density in England
(after South West England), largely due to the low population density
Lincolnshire and Rutland. In 2007, the region had a lower
percentage of degree-educated people than the English average.
29.5% of the region's population live in rural areas.
The De Veres Venues
East Midlands Conference Centre
East Midlands Conference Centre at the University
Nottingham in September 2012
The region as a whole is less deprived than the West Midlands and
regions in the North of England. By measurement of Lower Layer
Super Output Areas, the
East Midlands has more in common with the
England (except London) than the North, in that it has more
areas in the twenty percent least deprived areas than the twenty
percent most deprived areas, but less so than regions in Southern
England. This has been explained by academic statisticians, who claim
the area straddles the north–south divide.
The region does not show typical economic characteristics of Northern
England (which the West Midlands does), although it is not as affluent
as large parts of the South of England. Economically, the East
Midlands bears similarity to South West England.
In March 2011, the average unemployment claimant count for the region
Leicester were the highest with 5.8% each.
Corby and Lincoln with 4.9%. The lowest were
Northamptonshire with 1.4% each, and Harborough, with 1.6%.
General election results in 2017
At the 2015 general election, 43% of the region's electorate voted
Conservative, 32% Labour, 16% UKIP, 6% Liberal Democrat and 3% Green.
The division of seats is less equally spread, with 32 Conservative and
14 Labour, and the geographic spread is even more weighted towards the
Conservatives, with Labour's 14 seats being in
Derby (1), Leicester
Nottingham (4) and the
East Midlands coalfield (6) – most of
these, except Leicester, are in the area defined as the economic North
of England, and are in geographically smaller seats. Northamptonshire,
Lincolnshire are completely Conservative. The region had a
0.2% swing from Labour to Conservative.
At the 2009 European elections, 30% voted Conservative, 17% Labour,
16% UKIP, and 12% Liberal Democrat. Also in 2009,
Derbyshire county councils changed control from Labour to
Conservative. From 1993–2005
Northampton was controlled by Labour,
and is now controlled by the Conservatives.
Leicestershire have historically been Conservative-controlled and
hence all the main county councils are now Conservative-controlled.
Constituencies in the
East Midlands (46)
Boston and Skegness
Grantham and Stamford
Louth and Horncastle
North East Derbyshire
North West Leicestershire
Rutland and Melton
Sleaford and North Hykeham
South Holland and The Deepings
East Midlands European constituency: Conservative (2)
Eurostat Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics
East Midlands form a level-1 NUTS region, coded "UKF",
which is subdivided as follows:
Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire
Derbyshire (Bolsover, Chesterfield, North East Derbyshire)
South and West
Derbyshire (Amber Valley,
Derbyshire Dales, Erewash,
High Peak, South Derbyshire)
Nottinghamshire (Ashfield, Bassetlaw, Mansfield, Newark and
Nottinghamshire (Broxtowe, Gedling, Rushcliffe)
Rutland and Northamptonshire
Leicestershire CC and Rutland
Daventry and South
Northamptonshire (East Northamptonshire, Corby, Wellingborough
The official region consists of the following subdivisions:
a) High Peak, b)
Derbyshire Dales, c) South Derbyshire,
d) Erewash, e) Amber Valley, f) North East Derbyshire,
g) Chesterfield, h) Bolsover
a) Rushcliffe, b) Broxtowe, c) Ashfield,
d) Gedling, e) Newark and Sherwood, f) Mansfield,
a) Lincoln, b) North Kesteven, c) South Kesteven,
d) South Holland, e) Boston, f) East Lindsey,
g) West Lindsey
a) Charnwood, b) Melton, c) Harborough, d) Oadby
and Wigston, e) Blaby, f)
Hinckley and Bosworth,
g) North West Leicestershire
a) South Northamptonshire, b) Northampton, c) Daventry,
d) Wellingborough, e) Kettering, f) Corby, g) East
East Midlands (
European Parliament constituency)
East Midlands is a five-member constituency for the European
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Manufacturing Advisory Service for the region is based on the A606
in Melton Mowbray, next to
East Midlands Councils.
The jet engine was built and developed in the region
In 2003, 23% of economic output in the
East Midlands was in
manufacturing, compared to 15% in the UK.
For engineering, Rolls-Royce (the world's second-largest maker of aero
Rolls-Royce Marine Power Operations are both in
Derby. Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery (former GEC, then Alstom)
make industrial gas turbines in Lincoln, with a former division making
aero-engine components now part of ITP Engines UK, based at Whetstone,
next door to Hardinge Machine Tools UK (former Bridgeport). Cytec
Industries UK (former Uneco, owned since 2016 by Solvay) have a
composites research centre in the south of Heanor.
& Composites (former Dunlop) are on the A512 in Shepshed, who make
seals for aircraft.
Main article: Motorsport in the United Kingdom
Triumph Motorcycles and
Ultima Sports (sports cars) are in Hinckley.
Cummins make diesel engines in Daventry, and build AC generators in
Stamford, with its spares division at
Wellingborough (near Mahle). 80%
of the world's
Formula One cars are made in Northamptonshire. At the
north of Motorsport Valley,
MAHLE Powertrain (former
Cosworth Technology before January 2005) are next to the Nene in
Northampton, with an engine block plant off the A509 in
Force India and
Delta Motorsport are at Silverstone,
Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains
Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains is in Brixworth, and
Formula One at Brackley at the A43/A422 roundabout.
Near Leicester, Noble are in
Fenix Automotive in
Braunstone. Eibach Federn UK (shock absorbers) is off the B581 in
KTM UK (high-performance motorcycles) is at
Buckingham Industrial Estate in southeast Brackley next to the A43; to
the west, next door over the former railway was
Brawn GP (former Honda
F1 before 2008) near the A422 roundabout in Evenley.
(performance motorcycles) is on the
Silverstone Technology Park. Van
Hool UK (coachwork) is on Finedon Road Industrial Estate in
Caetano UK is based near Coalville, a UK coachwork distributor for
many coaches, often National Express. AGC Automotive UK (Asahi Glass
Co.) make automotive glass (tempered glass and laminated glass) on
Round Spinney Ind Est in the north of Northampton. Plastic Omnium
Automotive make automotive exteriors in the west of Measham. Off the
A361 on a former airfield is a manufacturing site of Lippstadt-based
Hella UK (LED automobile lighting, and Europe's largest automobile
lighting manufacturer) in
Chipping Warden and Aston le Walls, close to
the Oxfordshire boundary.
Ilmor is in Brixworth, and
Bowler Offroad is
JCB Power Systems is on an old airfield near Foston,
Toyota Manufacturing UK
Toyota Manufacturing UK (TMUK) is on an old airfield at
Burnaston, where its 3,000 employees make the Auris and Avensis,
making 190,000 in 2015.
Resonate Group (former DeltaRail Group) is in
Derby, and Bombardier UK (former
British Rail Engineering Limited
before 1996 then ABB Adtranz) is Britain's only train manufacturer
left, and is in Litchurch; it built the
Nottingham Express Transit
trams in 2004, the
Turbostar fleet, and London
Underground trains. South of the factory is Pattonair, a global
aircraft components supplier.
APPH (part of BBA Aviation) make
aircraft landing gear on the B6020 next to Kirkby-in-
Raleigh Bicycle Company
Raleigh Bicycle Company is based in New Eastwood next to the
A610; its former site on Triumph Road is now the quirkily designed
Jubilee Campus of the University of
Nottingham which has the UK's
tallest sculpture (52 m, 171 ft, Aspire.
(former Payne) nearby in Giltbrook, next to A610 near the A6096/B6010
junction next to IKEA, makes tear tape, owned by Essentra, former
Filtrona; Beamlight Automotive Seating (former site of Magna Seating
Systems) is nearby. Giant UK (high performance bicycles) on the
Charnwood Edge Business Park at the A46/A607 junction in Cossington
Midland Main Line
Midland Main Line and River Wreake.
Mettler Toledo UK
(industrial weighing) is in the west of Beaumont Leys.
Ferodo is in Chapel-en-le-Frith, who have made brake pads since its
Herbert Frood invented them in Combs in 1897. Carbolite, which
makes industrial furnaces, is based near the B6049/A6187 junction in
the Hope Valley. FRAM Industrial (former Eurofilter and part of
Champion Laboratories, then UCI-FRAM Group) make air filters for gas
Mansfield on Crown Farm Industrial Estate.
UK Coal (formerly RJB Mining) was based in
Styrrup near Harworth. The
north part of
Nottinghamshire used to have many coal
mines, and the last two pits producing in
Nottinghamshire were near
Market Warsop and Ollerton
FKI who own
Brush Electrical Machines
Brush Electrical Machines is in Loughborough, home to the
Energy Technologies Institute and John Taylor & Co, which although
entering administration in 2009, is the largest bell foundry in the
world. Eco-Bat Technologies, based in South Darley, west of Matlock,
smelt and mine lead, and are the world's biggest producer of lead, and
own eighteen sites across the world. Doff Portland, off the A611 at
Hucknall, make horticultural pesticides such as slug killer. Dow
Hyperlast makes polyurethane products off the A6015 at
Birch Vale in
Hayfield in north-west Derbyshire, next to the River Sett. Scott Bader
develop and manufacture polyester resins for glass-reinforced plastic
(fiberglass, and gelcoats) at Wollaston.
Swarfega was invented and is made by Deb in Belper
Tata Steel Tubes Europe is in Corby, along the A427 near the A43
roundabout. Gardner Aerospace are based in the south of Derby
(previously in the north of Ilkeston off the A6007 until 2011); Barnes
Aerospace have their European headquarters in central Derby. JJ
Churchill make turbine blades for jet engines in the east of Market
Bosworth, next to the Battlefield Line Railway. Ross Ceramics north of
Derby make ceramic cores for casting turbine blades (at Rolls Royce).
Alumasc Group is in Burton Latimer.
Sealed Air UK on the Telford
Way Industrial Estate near
Kettering General Hospital makes Bubble
Wrap, which its parent USA company invented in 1960. Nearby is Cooney
Marine, who make stainless steel davits (marine cranes) and
passerelles, and Rothenberger UK (hardware equipment). AVK Group make
plumbing fittings and valves on the A6192 south of Staveley. NSK Ltd.
has a bearings factory in Newark-on-Trent, its European HQ. Illuma
Lighting makes industrial lighting next to the railway in Castle
Donington. SIP Industrial Products at Shepshed, make industrial saws.
Konecranes UK is based north of
Castle Donington (although the UK
manufacturing site is in East Kilbride); Street Crane make gantry and
overhead cranes next to the A6 in Chapel en le Frith.
Motor Industry Research Association has an important test track at
Higham on the Hill
Higham on the Hill near Hinckley. Hendrickson Europe make truck
suspensions at Sywell Airport. Freeman Automotive (owner of EBC
Brakes) are based on the A428 in the north of Northampton. Timsons
make printers in Kettering. Heckler & Koch UK is in Lenton. In
Worksop near the A60/A57 roundabout Cinch Connectors (part of Safran)
have their European plant, making
D-subminiature connectors (found on
the back of computers); on the Dukeries Industrial Estate, Worksop
Galvanizers (Wedge Group) have the largest galvanizing bath (zinc) in
the UK, able to fit up to 29 metres in length. Cooper Bussmann (former
Hawker Fusegear) makes electrical fuses in
Burton on the Wolds
Burton on the Wolds off the
B676. Pearce Signs, one of the UK's largest sign-makers, is based in
New Basford. Nylacast is an international engineered plastics company
based in Humberstone, Leicester. Sapa are at Tibshelf on the B6014, on
the Saw Pit Lane Industrial Estate with Storetec, the UK base of Wanzl
shopping trolleys. Langley Holdings in
Retford own Clarke Chapman,
Piller Power Systems, and ARO Welding Technologies.
Worcester Bosch Thermokinetics makes its oil-fired and floor-standing
boilers at its
Danesmoor Works, off the A6175
RPC Group in
Rushden opposite a Waitrose, on the A6, is a large
(international, the largest of its type in Europe) packaging company,
and make the bottles for Heinz Tomato Ketchup. Granger's, on the
Clover Nook Industrial Estate off the A38 at Pinxton, make Cherry
Blossom shoe polish. Fusion Provida based on B6057/A61 junction in
Chesterfield makes pipe jointings and electrofusion fittings for the
oil and gas industry. Vaillant UK (former Hepworth Heating before
2002, with headquarters in Remscheid) make Glow-worm boilers on the
Belper School. Abel Systems in
North Wingfield make
demountable systems for trucks. Weightron Bilanciai UK (weighbridges),
are north of
Chesterfield on the same estate as Franke & Sissons
at Sheepbridge (former Newbold); nearby on the same estate, NIBE
Energy Systems supply air source heat pumps.
Watchkeeper WK450 UAV is built jointly by Thales and Elbit on
Scudamore Road in west Leicester, towards the M1; it is tested at
Aberporth Airport in Wales; 54 are on order, costing £1bn. At the
A563 roundabout BAE Systems Land & Armaments had a tank factory,
which closed in May 2011 when it lost the FRES contract, given to
General Dynamics; the site, owned by Thales, initially made naval
radar systems. The large Sunningdale site on Braunstone Frith was the
British Shoe Corporation. Chemring Defence UK (military pyrotechnics)
Draycott and Church Wilne
Draycott and Church Wilne west of the M1. Invicta Plastics
(injection moulding) is on Scudamore Road. Newall Measurement Systems
(electronic sensors) is in South Wigston.
Carlton Laser Services make industrial CNC lasers (for laser cutting)
next to the railway line and the A563 in Rushey Mead. Hoval UK, based
on the B6166 (former A46) near Newark Northgate station, make
industrial boilers in Lincoln for international customers, and have a
Royal Warrant. Jayplas, the UK's biggest plastic recycling company is
based in Great Oakley, south of
Corby off the A6014, with a plastic
recycling site in South Normanton.
Fairline Boats are based on the
Nene in Oundle off the A605 bypass; nearby are
Poclain Hydraulics UK
on the Nene Business Park. Pinnell & Bax make dinghy boats and
sails on the Kings Heath Industrial Estate in north Northampton. Laser
Performance makes the Laser sailing boat in Long Buckby next to
Maclaren at Long Buckby railway station. Lappset UK (play equipment)
is on Telford Way in Kettering; Wicksteed Playscapes are a main
manufacturer of playground equipment in the UK, for many decades at
Kettering; the company invented the equipment too. Abbott &
Co.(Newark) Ltd, Established in 1870 and based in The Newark Boiler
Works on Northern Road, Newark, made boilers in the 1870s for the
Royal Navy and today design and build a large range pressure vessels,
some of which were used recently on HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08).
Taylor, Taylor & Hobson 1925 advert
Spector Lumenex (part of Tyco) make warning systems off the B684 in
Flowserve UK (former Worthington-Simpson, then
Ingersoll-Dresser) in Balderton are the largest manufacturer of
industrial pumps in the UK. Miflex, off the B582 in Lubbesthorpe
between Enderby and Kirby Muxloe, make air hoses for diving
regulators. Hako Machines UK, a
Schleswig-Holstein supplier of
industrial sweepers and road cleaners are in Crick. Bostik, which from
1930 until 1990, was owned by
British United Shoe Machinery
British United Shoe Machinery of
Leicester, still has a main factory and research site (its
construction division) in Belgrave; until 1962 it was made by B. B.
Chemical, with its other main brand being the water-resistant Prestik
for making sealing strips.
Taylor Hobson (an international metrology
company) is north of the A563 in former Thurmaston (inside Leicester),
Ametek in 2004; with a former division of the company, Cooke
Optics, a camera lens manufacturer, further north in Thurmaston on the
west side of the railway. The Gent fire alarm company, now owned by
Honeywell since 2005, is off the A563 near the A6030 roundabout in the
north of Humberstone.
Matsuura Machinery UK (CNC machine tools) is
Morrisons in Coalville.
Abacus Lighting (former Abacus Municipal) is in the north of Kirkby in
Ashfield, north of Sutton Parkway station; it makes street lights,
floodlights, supermarket trolley shelters, and installed many of the
UK's mobile phone masts. To the east is Fabrikat, a main manufacturer
of lighting columns (for street lights) and railings, off the B6022 in
Sutton-in-Ashfield. Ardagh (originally Metal Box from 1962, then
Impress Group) make tin cans south of the A38, off the B6139, north of
Fabrikat; Alpha Rail, off the B6020 near Kirkby-in-
station, claims to be Britain's leading manufacturer of metal railings
and guard rail;
Pandrol UK in
Worksop make resilient rail fastenings.
ThyssenKrupp Elevator UK is in Lenton, off the A52, and further north
is ZF Services UK (wind turbine and automotive gears). At the
A6019/A453 south of the tax office in
Nottingham is Thomas & Betts
UK (former W & J Furse, and bought by ABB in 2012), a world leader
in lightning and earthing protection. Siemens Metering Systems is in
Lenton (previously in the north of Wollaton), make smart meters, and
gas and electricity meters.
Construction and building materials
Topps Tiles are on Grove Park in Enderby, with the national
distribution centre of British Gas, the largest warehouse of gas spare
parts in Europe, next door.
Aggregate Industries (now part of
LafargeHolcim since July 2015, when Paris-based Lafarge merged with
Swiss-based Holcim) is based at Bardon Hall in Bardon, next to the
912-foot (278 m) Bardon Hill, Leicestershire's highest point.
Mountsorrel has the largest granite quarry in Europe, owned by the
French company, Lafarge (owned by
Redland plc until 1997). BPB plc
(British Plasterboard), the world's largest manufacturer of
plasterboard (calcium sulphate) who own British Gypsum, is based in
East Leake, Nottinghamshire. They also have a large site at Barrow
upon Soar. Artex Ltd., part of the same company, is in Ruddington.
North Midland Construction is off the B6027 in Huthwaite. Saint-Gobain
Isover (insulation) is in Gotham.
Hörmann Group UK (garage doors) is in Coalville, off the A511.
Barratt Developments (housing) is at the A511/B585 roundabout in
Ellistown and Battleflat (Bardon), southeast of Coalville; Ibstock is
the largest brick manufacturer (900 million a year, with twenty
factories) in the UK, nearby to the southwest; . Lafarge Aggregates
& Concrete UK is in Syston, next to the A607. Roca UK and Laufen
UK (sanitaryware) are in the north of Coalville, next to the A511 on
the Hermitage Industrial Estate, towards Stephenson College; Goodwin
Barsby make stone crushers. Krohne UK at
Wellingborough make Coriolis
mass flowmeters. The
BSS Group (formerly in Leicester), at the same
Travis Perkins (owner of the
Wickes brand) in north
Northampton. Flogas (butane supplier, owned by DCC) is on Watermead
Business Park off the A607 in west
Syston near Lafarge (Granite
House). CPL Industries with a site off the A61 in Wingerworth, are the
UK's biggest manufacturer of smokeless fuel.
AvantiGas (former Shell
Gas LPG) is off the A6192 at junction 29A at
Duckmanton in Staveley.
Sandvik Mining and Construction
Sandvik Mining and Construction UK are on the Astron Business Park,
Swadlincote, near Brunel Healthcare; Keystone Lintels and Keylite roof
windows, part of the Keystone Group, are nearby. DSF Refractories
& Minerals are the UK's last main refractory company at Friden at
the A515/A5012 (Via Gellia) junction. Next to the A5, on the region
Shawell Leics is Redland (Lafarge Roofing until 2008)
roof tile factory. Flowflex make compression fittings in Buxton.
Caterpillar at Desford
Caterpillar Building Construction Products makes backhoe loaders,
wheel loaders, telehandlers, and mini excavators.
Caterpillar on an
old airfield near Desford; the site is also used by Massey Ferguson
for their spares division factory. Terex Pegson make mobile
caterpillar-tracked crushing machines next to the railway in
Coalville. Dacrylate make paint in Kirkby-in-Ashfield. SAME Deutz-Fahr
UK, is a tractor manufacturer based in Barby in west Northamptonshire
near the M6 north of Daventry, owned by
Treviglio of Italy. Toyota
Material Handling UK is at
Old Dalby on a former ABRO (previously
REME) vehicle depot. The
Dorman Long engineering consultancy is at
National Grid plc
National Grid plc has its main Ofsted-checked Eakring Training Centre
in Nottinghamshire, where trainees learn how to build electricity
pylons, including the new T pylon; National Grid has other training
sites in Hollinwood and Hitchin
Charles Lawrence International (owned by Malcolm Group), on the
Northern Road Industrial Estate in Newark makes
EPDM rubber granules
and machinery for maintaining artificial sports surfaces. Premier
Pitches of Nether Handley, off the A6052 at
Unstone in northeast
Derbyshire, made the pitch for Wembley Stadium, as well as for many
other main pitches. Hewitt Sportsturf, just south of Whetstone next to
the M1 in Cosby, supplied the turf (360 rolls) for the Olympic Stadium
in March 2011, although it was grown near Scunthorpe; a division of
the company, Petersfield Growing Mediums, which supplies compost, has
a Royal Warrant. Werner UK (Britain's leading manufacturer of metal
step ladders) moved its
ABRU site, off the A6 in the south of Belper,
to Essex in 2016. Caunton Engineering, steel constructors, on the site
of Moorgreen Colliery in Eastwood built the Olympics Water Polo Arena.
PTS (part of BSS) at Crick claims to be the main provider of supplies
to UK plumbers. Versalift UK (van-mounted access platforms) are at
Omya UK (industrial minerals) is between the A52 and
railway at Derby.
Textiles and clothing
Dr Martens and many footwear companies are based in the south of the
region, south-east of Wellingborough, at Wollaston
See also: List of current and defunct clothing & footwear stores
in the United Kingdom
The fashion company Paul Smith is in Lenton. The lingerie companies
Gossard, Aristoc, Pretty Polly, and
Berlei (formerly owned by
Courtaulds, now CUK Clothing) are based in Daybrook; most of their
hosiery is now made at West Mill in Belper. Speedo International
Limited is on the ng2 business park on Queens Drive (near Experian,
Bobbers Mill on the A610 near Basford before 2010). Its
LZR Racer suit helped
Michael Phelps win eight golds at the 2008
Olympics. In Enderby, on the B582 close to the M69 and a large
electricity substation, is Next, created by George Davies in 1981,
which is the largest company in the region (and the Midlands) by
number of employees with 59,000, and has the second largest turnover
(£3 billion) of companies headquartered in the region, after
Boots (£6 billion).
Headquarters of Next Retailing in July 2007 at Enderby, next to the
M69; the largest company by turnover in the Midlands
Boden (clothing) is on the Meridian estate in Leicester. Wolsey
(clothing) is off the A563 in the northeast of Leicester, east of
Rushey Mead. Monarch Knitting Machinery UK is in Beaumont Leys. Scott
Nichol make traditional socks in Hinckley. HJ Hall of
Hinckley are a
larger company, who own Pantherella, who make socks in Leicester. Per
Una have a factory near Cossington and the A46/A607 junction. Much of
Britain's lingerie and hosiery is made in the region. Crystal Martin
UK make lingerie (for clothing chains) off the B6018 in the south of
Sutton-in-Ashfield, near the A38 bypass. Wacoal Europe (former Eveden)
makes lingerie on the B576 (former A6) in Desborough. Guilford Europe
(former Guilford Kapwood), at Somercotes, makes fabric (warp knitting)
for sports clothing and automotive products, and have been owned by
Lear Corporation since 2012.
Many footwear companies such as
Shoe Zone (which bought out Stead and
Simpson), are based in Leicester.
Brantano Footwear UK, based in
Leicester before 2002, were in
Ellistown and Battleflat until March
2017, just south of
Coalville near M1 junction 22, nearby to Nestlé's
national distribution centre.
Loake make shoes at Kettering, and have
a Royal appointment.
Church's Shoes are at
Northampton are also high
quality and Barker Shoes are at Earls Barton. Joseph Cheaney &
Sons are in Desborough near the Midland Main Line. Tricker's shoes in
Northampton have a royal warrant. Sanders & Sanders and Grenson
make shoes in Rushden. Jeffery West make shoes off the A4501 in
Cliftonville, east Northampton, near
Northampton General Hospital and
the head office of
Northampton Borough Council. Off the A428 near the
hospital is Edward Green Shoes. Crockett & Jones make high-class
shoes in the northeast of Northampton, towards Abington, and are the
only main shoe factory left in the town.
Dr. Martens were until 2003
made at Irthlingborough. The BLC Leather Technology Centre is in
Moulton and SATRA, in west Kettering, both conduct footwear research.
Aspex make sports sunglasses in Moulton, near Moulton College.
Calders & Grandidge in the south of Boston are the UK's largest
supplier of telegraph poles and wooden railway sleepers
Hammonds, the furniture company, is in Hinckley.
Sports Direct is
Shirebrook on an old
Bolsover coal mine. Wade Spring, the
UK's leading manufacturer of upholstery springs, is in Long Eaton off
the A6005; next-door at the Trent Business Centre is Sunspel, who
introduced the t-shirt to the British market; nearby Meadowmead make
premium furniture off the B6540, and
Aga Rangemaster Group make
kitchen sinks; on the other side of railway Gill (clothing), who make
Upholstery is in Long Eaton, with a factory
of DFS opposite. Anstey Wallpaper Company in Loughborough, makes
high-end wallpaper, south of the town on the east side of the railway
in the former Ladybird offices and factory. Fogarty (company) make
duvets and pillows in Fishtoft, Boston, next to The Haven. W&G
Sissons on the
Chesterfield Est, now owned by Franke, has been the
UK's largest manufacturer of stainless steel sinks since the 1950s.
Leaderflush Shapland (owned by SIG plc) make doors near the A608/A610
junction at Aldercar and Langley Mill.
Parker Knoll make high-end
furniture off the B6016 on the Greenhill Industrial Estate, south of
Alfreton. Greene, Tweed UK (elastomers) is in
Ruddington next to
Experian. Viaton makes micronised barytes at Hopton, Derbyshire. Gunn
& Moore (GM), off the A612 north of
Trent Bridge cricket ground,
is an exclusive cricket bat manufacturer.
John Smedley factory at Lea Mills: the oldest continuously-working
factory in the world
Wild Country, on the
Tideswell Industrial Estate off the B6049, are
the UK's leading manufacturer of rock-climbing equipment. Trekmates
(outdoor clothing) are on the B6004 in Old Basford. Equip Outdoor
Technologies are west of the B600 in Somercotes, who own Lowe Alpine,
Rab and Outdoor Designs (gloves).
Blacks Leisure Group (previous owner
of Blacks and Millets before financial failure and takeover by JD
Sports) was based in Duston, in the west of Northampton, and is now
off the A45 in the east of the town on the Swan Valley Ind Est, near
the UK & Ireland base of Levi Strauss & Co.. Yeomans Outdoor
Leisure is south of Staveley, off the A6192 near Poolsbrook Country
Park. Joules country clothing is on the A4304, east of Market
Harborough at The Point near the A6 roundabout and the
Northamptonshire boundary at Dingley.
George at Asda, based at Lutterworth, in 2009 overtook M&S to
become Britain's leading fashion retailer.
TW Kempton are a main
manufacturer of uniforms for the armed and police services opposite
National Space Centre
National Space Centre on the A6 in north Leicester; they also own
the Fortis body armour brand and make PASGT nylon fibre helmets for
Wilko head office is at Manton, Worksop; it was founded by James
Kemsey Wilkinson in
Leicester in 1930. In Lenton, are the head offices
of Games Workshop, the producers of Warhammer miniatures. Pendragon
PLC, the car dealership and the Sherwood Park industrial area is in
Sytner Group is in Enderby, a prestige car retailer. Dunelm
Group, the furnishings company, is based on the A607 next to Lafarge
in Syston; the company is named after Bill Adderley's house on
Greenhill Road in Coalville; nearby is Pukka Pies. In
Leicester is the
nearly-defunct photographic equipment company Jessops, bought and
Jessops Europe by businessman Peter Jones and Fox's
Confectionery (maker of Fox's Glacier Mints), with both based near
each other on the Braunstone Frith estate. Also in
Leicester are the
bookmaker Mark Jarvis (next to Radio Leicester), the European HQ of
National Car Rental, and Otis UK (lifts, near the National Space
Centre on the A6). Jacobs is on the Meridian Business Park in
Braunstone, next to the M1. Machine Mart is based on the A60 near
BioCity in Nottingham. East of the Walkers plant in
Beaumont Leys is
Office Depot UK (and Viking Direct UK) on the Bursom Industrial
Crown Crest in Belgrave owns Poundstretcher. Goldsmiths
(jewellers) are based at the western end of Braunstone Frith, off the
Avon Products UK; its products reach 6m women per
East Midlands Trains
East Midlands Trains has its head office in Derby. Porterbrook,
one the UK's three rolling stock operating companies is in Derby. The
East Midlands Electricity
East Midlands Electricity is now owned by
E.ON UK (supply,
Powergen bought EME in June 1998) and Western Power Distribution
(distribution, who bought Central Networks in April 2011), which is
Long Whatton and Diseworth; the area has around a
5,000 MW demand for electricity. Nearby at
Castle Donington is
the home of the (separate) headquarters of BMI (in Donington Hall) and
bmibaby. Sixt, the car rental firm, has its UK base in Chesterfield,
the base of Auto Windscreens. Booker Group, the Cash & Carry,
Happy Shopper and 2,700 Premier Stores, and famous for the Booker
Prize) is on B571 in Wellingborough.
Maclaren, the pushchair maker, is near the M1 next to Long Buckby
railway station; BabyStyle is in Sileby. There are three main
distribution centres in the area at
Magna Park in
largest of its kind in Europe), and
Brackmills and the Daventry
International Railfreight Terminal in Northamptonshire. J D
Wetherspoon have their main distribution centre at Daventry, and
Currys (founded in
Leicester in 1888 on Belgrave Gate) have theirs at
Newark-on-Trent. Oxford University Press have their national
distribution centre at North
Kettering Business Park at the A6003
roundabout on the A43
Kettering bypass (in Rushton). Monsoon
Accessorize have their national distribution centre to the east on
Octavian Park in Irchester next to A45. In
Kilsby on the DIRFT estate,
Tesco have their
Daventry Grocery, the largest supermarket depot in
the country, west of the A5 and north of the WCML. North of the A428
is Tesco's Clothing Distribution Centre.
Oxo factory (former Batchelors) on the Dukeries Industrial Estate in
Silver Spoon makes all of its demerara and brown sugar at
Newark-on-Trent, although the Tate & Lyle site may be closing.
Swizzels Matlow makes children's confectionery in New Mills. Carlsberg
has been brewed in
Northampton since 1974, with twelve UK depots, and
also brews Holsten Pils, and has brewed Tetley since 2011. Cott
Beverages UK is in Kegworth. Global Brands (maker of
Vodka Kick and
Corky's) is based in Clay Cross; VK have sponsored the M-Sport World
Greencore UK (former Derby-based Hazlewood Foods) is off
the A616 at
Barlborough Links; its at Manton Wood Enterprise Zone,
Worksop (former Hazelwood Chilled Foods) claims to be the world's
largest sandwich factory.
United Biscuits has a main factory in
Ashby-de-la-Zouch where it makes its KP Snacks; Hula Hoops, Skips and
Nik Naks. Oxo, Saxa salt, Super Noodles, and
Bisto is made by Premier
Foods in the west of Worksop.
Tangerine Confectionery have their NDC
off the A6175 (M1 junction 29) at
Holmewood (former Cadbury Trebor
Cat food such as
Whiskas is made in
Melton Mowbray by Masterfoods;
Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition
Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition on the A607 claims to be the
world's leading authority on petfood research. Also in the southwest
of the town next to the railway,
Samworth Brothers have owned Ginsters
since 1977 and
Soreen since 2014, and have 8,000 UK employees.
Whitworths, the food company, is in Irthlingborough; they also have
Victoria Mills flour site on the A509 in Irchester next to the A45
junction. Cereform (bakery ingredients) are on the Lodge Farm
Industrial Estate off the A428 in north Northampton. Butcher's Pet
Care dog food (mostly own-label) is off the A428 at Crick (M1 junction
Carlsberg Brewery at the A428/A508 junction in Northampton, on the
Phipps NBC site, also bottles Tuborg and San Migiuel; all
modern lagers come from a Carlsberg yeast developed in 1883
The crisp company Walkers (owned by
PepsiCo and the UK's biggest
grocery brand) makes 10 million bags of crisps a day, using
280,000 tonnes of potatoes a year, at the biggest crisp factory
in the world at Beaumont Leys; next door Bradgate Bakery makes
sandwiches, and nearby Walker & Sons make pies (Samworth Bros) at
their Charnwood Bakery. Opposite the crisp factory at Beaumont Leys,
Beaumont Park is PepsiCo's main research centre in the UK. Pork Farms
is in Lenton, Nottingham, next to the A453 and A52; Riverside Bakery
next door, also owned by Pork Farms, makes food for M&S, Asda and
Sainsburys, being the UK's leading chilled quiche manufacturer.
Thorntons is a big employer south of
Alfreton in Swanwick on a former
colliery, since the factory opened in 1985. At Latimer Park (Burton
Latimer) at the A6/A14 junction is Alpro, who make soya milk products,
and a huge Morrison's depot. To the west, next to the railway is
Weetabix, the UK's leading cereal brand. Weetabix supplies its wheat
only from a 50-mile (80 km) radius around Kettering, and also
Weetos in Corby;
Ready Brek was bought from Lyons in 1990.
Long Clawson Dairy are the largest producers of
Stilton cheese in the
UK; the cheese, with Shropshire Blue, is also made in Cropwell Bishop
and Colston Bassett.
Faccenda Group of Brackley is the second largest
processor of chicken in the UK;
Faccenda Group bought Cranberry Foods
of Scropton in
Derbyshire in May 2012, the second biggest turkey
processor in the UK after Bernard Matthews; Faccenda supply Nando's.
In Wigston, RF Brookes made M&S pies until June 2011 then closed
in July 2013, and next door Charnwood Foods (former RHM Group) make
pizza bases for
Pizza Hut and is now owned by Premier Foods; Rossa Ice
Cream is next to the Grand Union Canal and nearby is
who make 25 million biscuits a week.
Délifrance UK is in north-west
Wigston, on the Chartwell Drive Ind Est.
Greencore Prepared Foods on
Moulton Park make half of M&S's
sandwiches and sandwich filler pots. Sealord UK make all of Waitrose's
white fish products on the
North Kelsey Road Ind Estate, west of
Caistor. Kettleby Foods, part of Samworth Brothers, make most of
Tesco's ready meals (cottage pies) in Melton Mowbray. PAS (Grantham)
(owned by McCain) make chips at Easton. Jakemans (owned by Lanes
Health) make menthol-based sweets at Sutterton. Isoma of Swadlincote
makes food handling equipment; Interlevin Refrigeration at Castle
Donington is near the M&S NDC; Parry Catering and Fabrication in
Draycott make catering appliances and equipment; HayssenSandiacre
(owned by Barry-Wehmiller) is in Beeston, west of Boots.
Roquette (former ABF-owned ABR Foods) produce starch and bioethanol at
RS Components and a frozen-food depot of
Morrisons off the
A6116 near Weldon. Dunkleys make pies at Wellingborough, next to
Booker, and make them for Wetherspoons and Welcome Break. Opposite
Charles Lawrence in Newark, Laurens Patisseries (owned by Bakkavör
UK) are Europe's largest manufacturer of cream cakes. Kerry
Homepride flour in Gainsborough.
See also: List of pharmaceutical manufacturers in the United Kingdom
Sir Owen Williams D10 building at Boots
Boots UK is based in Lenton in Nottingham, with 2,500 UK stores, where
Stewart Adams developed
Ibuprofen in the 1960s on
Rutland Road in West
Vision Express are nearby, next to the A52. Boots was
the biggest chemist chain in the world; now
A.S. Watson Group
A.S. Watson Group is the
world's biggest health retail company. Crookes Healthcare, formerly
Boots and now Reckitt Benckiser, make
Strepsils and Optrex on the
enormous Boots site, and
Boots Contract Manufacturing (BCM) make
products for other firms; it makes
Benylin for McNeil. On the ng2
Specsavers have their corporate eyecare and contact
lens division. Three out of the four main UK opticians are sited in
Nottingham. The MRI scanner was developed at the University of
Nottingham by Sir Peter Mansfield; MRI scanners were developed mainly
by GEC Medical, once invented; MRI harnesses nuclear magnetic
resonance (NMR) of the hydrogen nucleus;
Raymond Vahan Damadian
Raymond Vahan Damadian of USA
also claims the MRI invention.
Queen's Medical Centre
Queen's Medical Centre (QMC) is one of
the largest teaching hospitals in Europe, and the largest hospital in
the UK. The CT scanner (X-ray computed tomography) was invented by
Newark's Sir Godfrey Hounsfield. Both inventions received Nobel Prizes
for Medicine (2003 for MRI and 1979 for CT). Glenfield Hospital (which
comes under the UHL NHS Trust) is one of England's main hospitals for
coronary care and respiratory diseases; it has a strong international
reputation for medical research in cardiac and respiratory health and
carried out the world's first percutaneous coronary intervention
procedure on a two-year-old child in August 2012 with the largest ECMO
unit in the UK.
EMAS is based in
Bilborough on the A6002 near junction 26 of the M1.
CARE Fertility, the UK's largest independent IVF company, and a
pioneer in the field, is next to EMAS on Woodhouse Way Business Park;
Simon Fishel developed the world's first IVF degree course at the
University of Nottingham. There are three (charity-funded) air
ambulance services: the western one is based at EMA, the eastern one
is based at RAF Waddington, and the southern one (shared with
Warwickshire) is at Coventry Airport.
NHS East Midlands
NHS East Midlands is at
Sandiacre next to junction 25 of the M1.
AstraZeneca had their (closed
in 2011) Charnwood R&D site in Loughborough, which was owned
Fisons before 1995, when it was bought by Astra;
Fisons was the
former Genatosan who made the
Sanatogen 'nerve tonic', which was
Fisons in 1946, who had previously made fertiliser, and not
Loughborough plant became
3M Health Care
3M Health Care (former Riker Laboratories) has a factory in
the north of
Loughborough on the A6, with its head office on the A60
next to the railway station.
Nottingham is an important centre for cutting-edge bioscience
companies. Slimming World, who help people lose weight, is in Pinxton,
Alfreton off the A38; on the other side of the railway NHS Supply
Chain was formed in 2006 on the Cotes Park Industrial Estate in
Somercotes; nearby Diversey UK (former JohnsonDiversey) has a
manufacturing plant, and is based at the A43/A4500 junction at Weston
Favell. Dalatek Plastics make pharmaceutical containers off the B6022
on the Maun Valley Ind Park at Sutton in
Ashfield next to the railway.
Brunel Healthcare (former Peter Black,
Perrigo then NeutraHealth),
owned by Elder Pharmaceuticals, in Swadlincote makes food supplements.
Off the A60 at
Carlton in Lindrick
Carlton in Lindrick north of Worksop, Robinson
Healthcare makes first aid equipment. Plastek make healthcare
dispensing bottles in Forest Town,
Mansfield off the A6117. Patterson
Medical UK (including sorbothane insoles) are in Huthwaite, Notts, and
Fresenius Medical Care
Fresenius Medical Care UK (provides most of the NHS's kidney dialysis)
are there too.
Hitachi Medical Systems UK (ultrasound) are off the A509 in the west
Main article: List of science parks in the United Kingdom
Belkin UK (and Linksys) UK is along the A45 in Rushden,
Misco is in
RS Components is in Corby. Pegasus Software,
producer of well-known accounting software, is off the A509 in the
south of Kettering.
Serif Europe is in West Bridgford; Serif developed
PagePlus in the 1990s which was the first cheap DTP software. AVG
Technologies has its UK head office on Newark's industrial estate.
Experian have their large data centre at Fairham House south of
Ruddington, with two others in Texas and Brazil. The
is connected by a 640 Gbps dark fibre and runs on IBM's z10 with
Tivoli. BT IT Services is based off the A616 at Barlborough. Phoenix
IT Group is in Briar Hill, off the A5056 (outer ring road) in the
southwest of Northampton.
Inter-Activa is at the LCB Depot in
Leicester city centre.
Nexor is in Nottingham. Entalysis, a business performance management
software company, is located in Burton upon Trent town centre. AF
International (part of H K Wentworth, and make computer screen
cleaners) are at the A511/A42 junction at Ashby de la Zouch. Amphenol
Jaybeam off the A509 in the west of
Wellingborough makes cellular
telephone base station antennas.
Texas Instruments UK have their
Semiconductor Design Centre at
Northampton next to the A45, previously
in Bedford from 1957 to 2005. GE Sensing UK is at Groby off the A50.
Abaco Systems Limited UK (former GE Intelligent Platforms) is off the
A5, south of the A43 roundabout at Towcester.
Oclaro UK (former
Bookham), at Caswell Research Centre in
Greens Norton (northwest of
Towcester) makes indium phosphide wafers and researches photonic
integrated circuits and DSDBR tunable lasers.
Since 1997 Capital One, the Virginia-based credit card company, has
had its European HQ at Trent House in Nottingham's city centre in a
Boots UK printing works next to the railway station, and
Nottingham City Council since 2009 have taken over the company's
Loxley House next door as their HQ. Dublin-based Experian, one of two
UK credit-referencing companies, was founded in the city in 1980
(owned by GUS until 2006) and has a large UK HQ to its south west, on
the A453 near the River Trent.
TDX Group in Nottingham, is now owned
by Equifax. Santander (former Alliance & Leicester) is based in
Barclaycard is headquartered in Northampton, and
Nationwide has a large administrative centre at Moulton Park. Staysure
(insurance) is in Northampton.
Egg Banking was on
Pride Park in Derby,
until Barclays closed the site in 2011, and moved the business to its
Northampton credit card site.
Castle Meadow Campus
Castle Meadow Campus is the name of a large HMRC site in Nottingham,
being the national arm of HMRC that looks after the Enterprise
Investment Scheme, Corporate Venturing Scheme, Venture Capital Trusts,
and Enterprise Management Incentives, HMRC's Pension Schemes Services,
and the Residency department, which deals with Double Taxation
Treaties and inheritance tax. It has the
Valuation Office Agency
Valuation Office Agency for
East Midlands and East of England.
Royal Mail have a main
administrative centre at
Rowland Hill House, opposite the Queen's Park
Sports Centre in
Chesterfield (HR, pensions, and Vehicle Services).
Royal Mail have their National Distribution Centre at Crick, next to
the M1; half of Britain's mail goes through there. The Bank of
England's MPC Agency for the
East Midlands is sited on the ng2 estate,
Experian and its economic data.
RBS Group (NatWest) has a documents centre (Williams Lea) in Shepshed
where it prints its statements for
England and Wales. Orion Security
Print, north of Stanton steel works in Ilkeston, produces Odeon cinema
tickets and library cards. An office of
RR Donnelley on the B5366 in
the west of South Wigston, next to the railway, deals with all of
Barclaycard have their Payment Acceptance Centre
next to the A45 in Northampton. The Money Shop (owned by Dollar
Financial Group) issue payday loans and are the UK's leading
cheque-cashing service, being at Castlebridge, Nottingham, north of
ng2 and next to the railway. GeoAmey (prisoner transport) are in
Eurofighter Typhoon is based at RAF Coningsby; it will eventually
carry the active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, which
enables the radar to distinguish between targets and background noise,
which earlier radars could not
See also: UK Military Flying Training System
Rutland are very agricultural, with much of the UK's
arable crops grown in this area. The RAF have many bases in this area
too, with the main RAF College at Cranwell near Sleaford; the East
Midlands Universities Air Squadron is at Cranwell, also home of the
Eastern Region of the Sea Cadet Corps, and the Officer and Aircrew
Selection Centre. The RAF's six AWACS aircraft are at RAF Waddington.
16th Regiment Royal Artillery
16th Regiment Royal Artillery is in Rutland.
Lincolnshire is the second biggest potato producer in
the country, and grows 30% of the country's vegetables.
its UK HQ in Sleaford;
Lincolnshire is the world's leading producer of
daffodils (narcissus family); 40% of the flowers bought in the UK are
grown there; Butters Group supply many bulbs (Amaryllis) from Low
Fulney. British Seed Houses at Swinderby, sells a lot of ryegrass and
clover. Greencell import avocados and grapes on the B1180 near the A16
roundabout at Pinchbeck. The county produces each year enough sugar
beet for 350 million bags of sugar and enough wheat for
250 million loaves. Fowler-Welch Coolchain are based in Spalding,
as is the UK operation of
Bakkavör (former Geest) which is the UK's
largest provider of fresh prepared foods. Off the B1192 near the A52
Kirton Holme south of Hubberts Bridge, Albert Bartlett
produces the Vivaldi potato, much sold in Sainsbury's, and invented in
Princes (former Premier Foods) have a large operation in Little Sutton
near to Long Sutton canning vegetables with Fray Bentos meat, and
Batchelors peas. William Sinclair is a horticulture company in
Magnadata Group in Boston have the contract for the UK's rail
tickets (for ATOC); the orange-style tickets have been in operation
since 1990. Silver Spoon's
Bardney plant makes the market-leading
Askey's dessert toppings. John Deere have their UK base at Langar on
Leicestershire boundary next to the former RAF
British Geological Survey
British Geological Survey is in Keyworth.
Wellingborough administer the British horseracing industry, having
General Stud Book
General Stud Book since 1791.
Orangutan at Twycross Zoo
Skegness and the
Lincolnshire coast provides seaside entertainment for
many people in the
East Midlands with its
Butlins 200-acre resort at
Leicester are a popular night time
destination (often for people outside of the East Midlands). Center
Parcs UK is based at the Sherwood Energy Village in New Ollerton. The
YHA is based in Matlock. Gala Bingo is based in Nottingham; Coral have
over 1,800 UK shops.
Twycross Zoo is just south of
Leicestershire, and the
National Space Centre
National Space Centre is in Belgrave in north
Leicester. Imagesound in
Chesterfield are Britain's leading
supplier of music and screens (piped music) for pubs, hotels and
Carlsbro (electronics and speakers) are at South
Normanton, on the east side of the M1, at the B6406/A38 junction.
Peavey Electronics UK (loudspeakers), are off the A6003, in the
southwest of Corby.
Rockingham Motor Speedway
Rockingham Motor Speedway is in Corby, and other racetracks include
Donington Park and
Mallory Park in Leicestershire, and
Cadwell Park in
Silverstone Circuit hosts the British Grand Prix,
although the southern half of the track is outside the region. Rutland
Water is popular for sailing, fishing and bird-watching. The Peak
District is the second most popular national park in the world after
Mount Fuji, and Britain's first National Park in 1951.
Electricity generation in the East Midlands
Deeping St Nicholas
Lynn and Inner Dowsing
East Midlands Electricity
Pre-nationalisation electric power companies
Sponne School, in Towcester
Most secondary schools in the
East Midlands are comprehensives,
Lincolnshire retains fifteen state grammar schools.
There are around 180,000 students in the region's secondary schools;
this is the second lowest number of students in a region in England,
after the North East, and more than 100,000 lower than the figure for
the West Midlands. Some of the East Midlands' urban secondary schools
hold truancy rates above that of the national average, whereas truancy
rates in the region's rural secondary schools tend to be lower than
the national average.
Nottingham City schools tend to perform less well in terms of GCSE
standards, with some
Leicester schools suffering a similar problem.
Rutland (amongst the highest-performing areas in the region where GCSE
standards are concerned) has one of the highest percentages of pupils
reaching the threshold of five grade A–C GCSEs (including Maths and
English) in England. On a District Council level,
Nottinghamshire tends to attain some of the region's best GCSE
Derbyshire also regularly tend to produce
GCSE results at a standard greater than the national average.
At A-level, Nottinghamshire,
generate results greater than the national average.
to produce better results at A-level than it does at GCSE.
There are eighteen further education colleges in the region,
including: New College Nottingham, Central College Nottingham,
Leicester College, and Lincoln College.
Learning and Skills Council
Learning and Skills Council was headquartered at the
Meridian Business Park in Braunstone Town, southwest of Leicester. The
LSC has been replaced by the Young People's Learning Agency, and
the Skills Funding Agency.
Top twenty state schools in the
East Midlands (2015 A-level
The University of Nottingham's Trent Building
Loughborough University is recognised for its green campus
University of Leicester
Caistor Grammar School (1079)
The Becket School, West Bridgford
Grantham Girls' School
The King's School, Grantham
Sleaford High School
Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Ashbourne
West Bridgford School
The Ecclesbourne School
Queen Elizabeth's High School, Gainsborough
William Farr School, Welton
The Priory Academy LSST, Lincoln
King Edward VI Grammar School, Louth
Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Alford
Spalding High School
Branston Community Academy
Lady Manners School, Bakewell
Anthony Gell School, Wirksworth
Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School
Bourne Grammar School
Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Horncastle (858)
Brackenhurst Hall —
Nottingham Trent University's agricultural
college in Southwell
The East Midlands' universities include:
University of Nottingham
The region's largest university by student population, with around
33,000 students. The university is often ranked in the British top
seven for research power. It is famous for its academic reputation,
consistently ranking highly in university league tables. It is the
Russell Group university in the East Midlands. The university has
Nobel Prize winners.
In addition to its more traditional academic work, Loughborough
University is well-regarded for its sporting heritage. One notable
sporting alumna is British gold-medallist Paula Radcliffe. The British
Olympic athletics team trained at the university as part of their
preparations for the 2012 Summer Olympics. The adidas Jabulani
football, the official football for the 2010 World Cup, was designed
in the university's Sports Technology Institute.
Nottingham Trent University
Nottingham Trent University is the East Midlands' second largest
university (and one of the largest universities in the United
Kingdom), with a student population of approximately 24,000.
University of Leicester
The university has established itself as a leading research-led
university and has been named University of the Year of 2008 by the
Times Higher Education. The University of
Leicester is also the only
university ever to have won a Times Higher Education award in seven
consecutive years. The University is most famous for the invention of
genetic fingerprinting DNA, the discovery of the remains of King
Richard III and Space research. It houses Europe's biggest academic
centre for space research, in which space probes have been built, most
notably the Mars Lander Beagle 2, which was built in collaboration
with the Open University. It is a founding partner of the National
Space Centre which is based in Leicester.
De Montfort University
The region's third largest university. It is a public research and
teaching university. The university has one of the largest numbers of
Teacher Fellows of any UK university and was awarded Centre of
Excellence status for its performance practice teaching and student
University of Northampton
The only university in Northamptonshire, with two campuses in
Northampton and a developing partnership with Silverstone.
University of Derby
Formerly a centre and college for teacher training,
works closely with businesses of the area with its University of
Derby–Corporate programme and has a history of academics dating back
University of Lincoln
An English university founded in 1992, with origins tracing back to
the foundation and association with the
Hull School of Art
Hull School of Art 1861.
Bishop Grosseteste University
The newest university in the East Midlands, formerly a university
The region has the lowest proportion of part-time students in England.
The region has a higher influx of young people into the region at the
university stage than out of the region into other regions'
universities. Only 25% of the region's students undertaking a first
degree are native to the region.
See also: Category:Sport in Loughborough
The region has a good sporting tradition, with some of the most
well-known sports personalities –- David Gower (Leicestershire
C.C.C.), Gary Lineker,
Rory Underwood (
Leicester Tigers) and Jonathan
British Gliding Association is based in
Leicester on Meridian
Business Park, off the A563 in Braunstone. The National Ice Skating
Association is based in
Nottingham (and many of Britain's Olympic ice
skaters train in Nottingham);
Nottingham Panthers are in the Elite Ice
Hockey League. The
British Caving Association
British Caving Association is at Great Hucklow, the
UK sports governing body. The
British Canoe Union is in Bingham.
1978 BDO World Darts Championship was held in Nottingham, in
February 1978, being largely the idea of Nick Hunter, a
producer, and the event first introduced Sid Waddell.
Brian Clough in April 1980
Notts County F.C.
Notts County F.C. is the world's oldest football league side. Sam
Weller Widdowson brought in shin pads in 1874. The first referee's
whistle was at
Nottingham in 1872.
Admiral Sportswear at
Leicestershire made the England
football strip from 1974–82, when the company went bankrupt; in 1974
it was the first company to introduce replica kits.
Umbro took over
England kit after the 1982 World Cup in 1984. Nike make the
England kit today.
East Midlands is home to several professional and
semi-professional association football (soccer) clubs.
National League North
National League North
National League North
National League North
East Midlands is home to two top-tier (Aviva Premiership) clubs.
Leicester Tigers are an English rugby union club based in
the Welford Road stadium and play in the Aviva Premiership. They were
formed in 1880; their colours are green, burgundy and white. Leicester
Tigers are one of the most successful Rugby Union teams in Europe (if
not globally) and the most successful English club since the
introduction of league rugby in 1987, having won the European cup
twice, the first tier of English rugby ten times, and the Anglo-Welsh
cup seven times.
Northampton Saints are a professional rugby union club from
Northampton, England. They were formed in 1880, and play in black,
green, and gold colours. The team play their home games at Franklin's
Gardens, which has a capacity of 15,500. Their biggest rivals are
Leicester Tigers. "The
East Midlands Derby" is one of the fiercest
rivalries in English Rugby Union.
Nottinghamshire (Trent Bridge),
Leicestershire (Grace Road),
Derbyshire (County Cricket Ground, Derby) and
Cricket Ground, Northampton) are in the Cricket T20 North group;
Northamptonshire was formerly in the previous Midlands group.
Leicester Riders arena in September 2016
Leicester Riders, who play at DMU, are the oldest club in British
basketball, founded in 1967.
RML Group (Ray Mallock) BTCC and WTCC motorsport team is in
Wellingborough, next to the UK HQ of Vredestein tyres (Dutch). Bamboo
Engineering WTCC are at Silverstone.
Amateur Swimming Association
Amateur Swimming Association is the world's first swimming
governing body, founded 1869, now based in Loughborough. British
Swimming have one of its three Intensive Training Centres at
Loughborough Pool in their Sport Development
The Waltham on the Wolds transmitter covers large parts of the region
East Midlands region of
BBC Television, based in Nottingham,
produces several regional television programmes including the news
East Midlands Today
East Midlands Today from Waltham. This excludes most of
Nottinghamshire and north Derbyshire. Most of
Lincolnshire is covered by the
based in Hull, with its Look North programme from Belmont; north
Worksop and Bassetlaw), northeast Derbyshire
(Chesterfield), the eastern High Peak (Hope Valley) and northern area
Derbyshire Dales (
Tideswell and Hathersage) are covered by BBC
Yorkshire from Emley Moor, with its Look North from Leeds. The western
area of the High Peak (Buxton, Glossop,
New Mills and
Derbyshire are covered by
BBC North West from
Winter Hill and Granada Television, both based in Manchester.
Northamptonshire is part of the
BBC East region based in Norwich and
has the Look East programme from Sandy Heath. Most of Northamptonshire
can receive Central News East, with western parts of the county
(Daventry) receiving Central News West, and Southern parts of the
county (around Brackley,
Towcester and Northampton) receiving Thames
Valley Tonight, which used to be the Central south region. Central
News East also covered the East Midlands, broadcasting from Lenton
Nottingham from March 1984. The studios were closed and is now
King's Meadow Campus
King's Meadow Campus of the University of Nottingham. These
studios had been responsible for
Family Fortunes and Who Wants to Be a
Millionaire?. Central News East still continues, broadcasting from ITV
Northamptonshire has Anglia Television's
Anglia Tonight programme and most of
Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire
(excluding south Nottinghamshire) has
Yorkshire Television's Calendar.
Digital switchover took place in April 2011 for the
Northampton areas; Waltham and Belmont (including the local repeater
stations) changed in late August 2011.
MATV, based in Leicester, which caters to the area's large South Asian
Radio Northampton's Broadcasting House
BBC Radios Derby, Leicester, Lincolnshire, Northampton, Nottingham,
Manchester (for Glossop,
Whaley Bridge and Chapel-en-le-Frith) and
Sheffield (for Chesterfield).
Leicester was the first local
radio station in the United Kingdom.
Many commercial, student and community radio stations: Capital East
Midlands (formerly Trent FM, RAM FM and
Leicester Sound), Gem 106
(formerly Heart 106),
Heart Home Counties
Heart Home Counties (Northamptonshire) (formerly
Demon FM (Leicester), Peak FM (
Chesterfield and North
Lincs FM (
Lincolnshire and Newark-on-Trent), Takeover
Leicester & Nottingham),
Oak FM (
Harborough FM, The Eye (Melton Mowbray),
Boundary Sound (Newark-on-Trent),
Mansfield 103.2 FM, Trax FM
(Bassetlaw), Ashbourne Radio (Ashbourne on 96.7FM & 101.8FM
Wirksworth & Ecclesbourne Valley), Amber Sound FM,
High Peak Radio
High Peak Radio (Chapel-en-le-Frith), Connect 97.2 & 107.4 (Corby,
Kettering & Wellingborough), Sabras Radio, and Hindu Sanskar
Radio, URN (Uni of Nottingham), Fly FM (
Nottingham Trent Uni).
National radio on DAB and FM comes from Sutton Coldfield in the west,
Peterborough in the southeast, Belmont (the tallest structure in the
region) in the northeast, and
Holme Moss in the northwest.
There are a number of daily newspapers, the largest of which include
Leicester Mercury, Lincolnshire
Northampton Chronicle and Echo, and
Nottingham Evening Post.
Most of the daily papers are owned by Trinity Mirror.
British Parachute Schools at Langar
There are many regional lifestyle publications, the largest and most
widely read being: Life&Style Magazine, FHP Magazine,
Nottinghamshire Life and City Life and County Living. National
magazine publishers in the region include Key Publishing, Mortons of
Horncastle and Bourne Publishing Group.
East Midlands earthquake
East Midlands Regional Select Committee
List of schools in the East Midlands
Scouting in the East Midlands
South Midlands, a name for the southern part of the East Midlands.
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East Midlands Geological Society
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^ Sheriff of Nottingham
^ "History of Sherwood Forest,
Robin Hood and Major Oak".
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2006. Retrieved 7 May 2009.
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^ North–south divide
^ Claimant count[permanent dead link]
Manufacturing Advisory Service Archived 2 September 2011 at the
East Midlands Museum Service
East Midlands Archived 15 December 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
East Midlands Gifted and Talented Partnership
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