Chelmsford City Council

Key sectors

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The City of Chelmsford - Home to diverse business

With close to 12,000 businesses in the area, Chelmsford has the largest business base in Essex and a large and prosperous economy.

The city not only attracts young companies, start-ups and entrepreneurs, but major international organisations also have a significant presence.

Financial and business sector 

Forming a large part of Chelmsford’s financial and business sector are MS Amlin, AON, IFDS and Grant Thornton.

Research and development sector 

The city also has a strong research and development sector, including organisations Teledyn e2v and Battelle.

Manufacturing sector  

Manufacturing has always been a key sector in Chelmsford, with companies like BAE Systems and Visteon now being based in the city.


Quotes from local business leaders

"Chelmsford is a growing and vibrant city and John Lewis are really excited to now be part of its on-going development as a retail and leisure destination."

Laura Rawstron, Manager John Lewis, Chelmsford

"Chelmsford is centrally located for our workforce and the City’s high-tech heritage and growing cluster of innovative businesses also gives us access to the people and companies with the essential skills we need."

Bob Swanston, Managing Director Visteon Engineering Services Ltd

“Chelmsford provides a fantastic base for innovative companies – an ambitious university, great transport links and a good quality of life, built on a great industrial heritage.” 

Iain Martin, Vice Chancellor, Anglia Ruskin University