Doing business in the St Albans District

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A home to major employers

The main sectors of employment in St Albans District are research and development, office (including headquarters and financial and business service industries) and retail.

There are over 8,000 businesses in the district, most of which are small businesses. 87% of businesses are micro-businesses and employ under 10 staff. There are 20 (0.2%) employers with over 250 staff. Many of the larger businesses are known nationally and globally, especially within the management consultancy, legal and financial sectors. These include Deloitte, Aecom, PwC, Premier Foods, Logica and Aon Hewitt. Two major world renowned centres of excellence in environmental issues are located in the district- Rothamsted Research in Harpenden and the Building Research Establishment (BRE).

Excellent transport links

The City and District of St Albans is situated in central Hertfordshire, 20 miles from central London.  Major road routes include the M1, M10, and M25 motorways, the A414 and A1081. 

The Thameslink rail service operates between St Albans and Bedford and central London and Brighton.  These excellent communications link the District to London and the rest of the Country, including Heathrow, Luton, Stanstead and Gatwick airports.  St Albans and Harpenden also have direct rail routes to the Eurostar rail service to Paris and Brussels vis St Pancreas International.  The Abbey Line branch line railway service also connects St Albans to Watford.

A highly skilled workforce

46% of residents aged 16 and over living in the district are educated to degree level or above. This is higher than both the county (32%) and national (27%) levels.  This also represents the eleventh highest proportion of adults educated to higher education qualifications in England, the second highest outside of London. The district has the third highest proportion of higher and intermediate managerial/administrative/professional occupations.

Hertfordshire Better Business for All

Better Business for All is Hertfordshire regulators’ response to reducing regulatory burdens on business and aims to support growth, by building stronger relationships between businesses, local regulators and other interested parties. The partnership, which has been endorsed by all of the county’s local authority Leaders, was formed in 2013 includes representatives from both business and regulators.

For more information please visit the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership or follow @BbfaHerts on Twitter.

Key strengths for delivering sustainable economic growth in the District

Our strategies and projects helping deliver growth including Green Triangle, professional services and Visitor economy strategy. Find out more about how we are working to deliver economic growth.

St Albans Enterprise Agency (STANTA)

STANTA is an independent enterprise agency which has served the businesspeople of St Albans, Harpenden and the surrounding areas for over 30 years, with impartial advice and low-risk, licenced space.

For more information please visit St Albans Enterprise Agency website.

Further information

More information on the District can be found in our Community section.

Date of last review: 16 May 2014