Working in Hereford & Worcester

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Information on Hereford & Worcester

Main centre for employment: City of Hereford

Herefordshire is a predominantly rural county with around 95% of the county classified as such. Nevertheless the area is well connected to bigger centres by motorway or railway. Within the area, agriculture, forestry and fishing constitute the largest industry in Hereford with 2,415 businesses. There is also a sizable amount of professional and technical businesses. Most businesses in Hereford are ‘micro’ businesses, made up of less than 10 people.

Agriculture, business administration and support services, manufacturing and education were the only industries to have large businesses employing over 250 people.

Main centre for employment: City of Worcester

Worcestershire is home to some of the fastest growing businesses in the UK. At the cutting edge of: technology, a 5G industry 4.0 test bed and home to an innovative tech accelerator.

Major companies with HQs located here include:

  • Yamazaki Mazak
  • Halfords Group
  • Worcester Bosch
  • Harris Bush
  • Brintons

Sector strengths


Defence and Security

Defence and security is the main sector highlight in this region. Hereford is home to the Special Air Service, military bases and private sector organisations such as G4S Specialist Training HQ.

Herefordshire is also part of ‘Cyber Valley’, a specialised cluster of cyber companies around Great Malvern.

The Cyber Quarter

The Cyber Quarter is the Midlands Centre for Cyber Security that offers incubation space for 20 new companies, and acts as a hub of research and development, encouraging collaboration and technology transfer between businesses and academics.


Business administration and professional services

33,000 jobs in this sector, mainly located in Worcester, Bromsgrove and Wychavon districts.

Local employers include: HSBC, NatWest, Bishop Fleming, Thursfields Solicitors, Hewett Recruitment, MFG Solicitors, Harrison Clark Rickerbys Solicitors, OGL Computer.


Worcestershire is at the heart of UK manufacturing and home to many global engineering firms, such as:

  • Worcester Bosch
  • Yamazaki Mazak
  • Morgan Motor Company
  • Joy Global
  • Malvern Panalytical
  • QinetiQ

Worcestershire is spearheading the drive towards the creation of ‘smart’ factories in Britain. In February 2019, it was host to the first live 5G factory trials in the country, placing the UK firmly ahead of its European peers in the race for 5G.


A first-of-its-kind technology business accelerator programme has been launched in Worcestershire. Known as ‘Cyber Valley’, the area is home to the highest concentration of cyber companies in the UK.

Funded by Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (WLEP), the programme will offer up to ten individuals, SMEs or scale-ups a nine-month programme of intensive support designed to build their idea and ready it for market launch, or catalyse the growth of their existing business.

As well as having their own space at the BetaDen Hub in Malvern Hills Science Park, participants will be able to access industry-leading technologists, lab spaces, handpicked business mentors, investment coaching, proof of concept grant funding, events, workshops and commercial meetings offering real routes to market.

Upcoming strengths

Skylon Park [Enterprise Zone], building on Hereford's heritage

The Park has a strong focus on the Defence and Security sector. Hereford is already specialised in this industry, being home to the UK special forces base of the SAS.

DERA/Qinetiq in Malvern and GCHQ in Cheltenham are local clusters of strategic sites from which Skylon Park can draw from.

Hereford is already home to 200 companies in the sector, which have largely been set up by ex-military personnel.

Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering

This will be a key sector in Skylon Park. Advanced engineering has strong links to the defence and security sector, thus building on Hereford's heritage. Niche businesses already located in this sector in Hereford include:

  • Special Metals Wiggins
  • Denco
  • ETL systems
  • HR Smith Group

Food and Drink production

Hereford is surrounded by lots of countryside. The county is known for its food production and agriculture. Major food/ drink firms located in the area include:

  • Tyrrells Crisps
  • Westons Cider
  • Heineken-Bulmers

Sectors that have been identified for growth in Worcestershire

Advanced manufacturing

Manufacturing in Worcestershire is a key sector that includes a wide-range of sub-sectors, including: metals, machinery, paper, motor vehicles, computer and electrical products. This sector provides 11% of employment across Worcestershire and is set for huge growth.

Worcester Six - a flagship development completed in 2018 provides excellent transport links so is a great hub for advanced manufacturing businesses to set up.

GKN Plc is a global engineering business with its headquarters in Worcestershire.

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