Commercial Property Area Guide: Coventry - England
Coventry is a city in the Midlands, around 30 kilometres east of Birmingham. It’s a vibrant place to live and work for many and has a long history as a notable area, dating all the way back to the Roman years. Sitting at the geographical centre of the country, Coventry is within roughly 2 hours’ drive of lots of places, including London, Manchester, Sheffield, Bristol and Cambridge, making it the ideal central spot for businesses with a wide-spread clientele.
During the second world war, Coventry suffered extensive bombing, only behind London, Plymouth and Hull. The grand St Michael’s cathedral was rebuilt after being all but destroyed in these raids, though its original 12th century spire did remain intact.
Coventry is home to two universities, the prestigious Russell Group University of Warwick, located to the south of the city centre and the modern Coventry University, which has a city centre campus. In 2017, it was announced that Coventry had won the bid to be the UK’s next ‘city of culture’ and it will take its title up for the course of 2021 to showcase the cultural delights it has to offer. Centres like the Warwick Arts Centre, the UK’s second largest after London’s Barbican, are likely to lead the way in the celebrations.
Famous faces that have called Coventry home include writer George Eliot, who used her hometown as the inspiration for her epic novel Middlemarch. Coventry is also known for its vibrant jazz scene, which many credit with birthing the ska subgenre ‘two-tone’, pioneered by popular bands such as The Specials.
Looking to bring your business to the vibrant city of Coventry? Here’s everything you need to know about living and working in Coventry.
Getting around in Coventry
Coventry is well connected by roadThe A444 connects the city centre to the M6, which 10 minutes’ drive or seven kilometres north of central Coventry. This links to the city to Birmingham to the west and the M1 to the east, which takes you south to London or north as far as Leeds. The A4053 ring road circles the city centre, making it easy to commute in and out in any direction.
Coventry is easy to reach by railCoventry station is around 15 minutes’ walk from the city centre and is covered by Virgin Trains, West Midlands Trains and Cross Country. Other stations are also dotted across the city, including one directly outside the Coventry Ricoh Arena and Canley Station, just minutes’ drive from the A45 to the south of the centre.
Birmingham Airport is 18 kilometres from CoventryIf you’re jetting off, Birmingham Airport is closest to the town, at around 20 minutes’ drive away. From there you’ll be able to catch domestic, short-haul and long-haul flights to any destination across the globe, including the USA, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Coventry Airport is just outside the city but is only open to private aircrafts. East Midlands Airport is also within an hour’s drive, located 66 kilometres north on the M1.
Bus services operate all across Coventry Whether you’re travelling into the city centre from one of Coventry’s suburbs, need to reach nearby Birmingham or are looking for an easy way to get around the city, you’ll be able to take advantage of Coventry’s bus services. National operators like Stagecoach and National Express run services to and from the city, while the local council operates services connecting local areas.
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Coventry has of lots facilities dotted across the city
There are more than 53 gyms across Coventry, including:
- JD Gym
- David Lloyd
- Elite Gyms
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Banks and Post Offices in CoventryThere are more than 30 banks in Coventry, including:
- 10 Coventry Building Society
- Five Lloyds
- Four Barclays
- Three TSB
- Two Halifax
- Two NatWest
- Two Santander
- One Virgin Money
- One Nationwide
- One RBS
There are 21 Post Offices in Coventry. They’re spread out across the city fairly evenly and can be found everywhere from Canley to the city centre to Ansty Road, so it’s easy to post letters and packages wherever you are in the city.
Coventry is home to lots of supermarkets, both big and smallIf you’re looking for a place to buy groceries in Coventry, you’ll find plenty of outlets across the city, including:
- Two Sainsbury’s (supermarkets)
- Three Asda (supermarkets)
- Four Tesco (one superstore, three express)
- Three Lidl
- Five ALDI
- Three Morrisons
Coventry City Centre is home to lots of shops. The main shopping centre include West Orchard, close to the Belgrade Theatre and Cathedral Lanes Centre, just outside Coventry’s grand cathedral. Away from the centre, you’ll find plenty of places to shop, including Central Six retail park, home to Next, Sports Direct and TK Maxx and Arena Park Shopping Centre, just across the road from Coventry Arena.
Commercial real estate agents operating in Coventry
Holt Commercial Ltd
Harris Lamb Ltd
Knight Frank LLP
Realla has lots of choice when it comes to renting a commercial property in Coventry – here’s a selection
Here are some of the most exciting businesses based in Coventry
Jaguar Land Rover
LTI (manufacturer of London Black Cabs)
Coventry Building Society
Interesting facts about Coventry
Britain’s car industry is said to have been founded in Coventry in 1896. The company Daimler began their operations in one of the city’s disused cotton mills.
St George (slayer of dragons and patron saint of England) is said to have been born in Coventry, according to the legend.
The first ever tank was reportedly built in Coventry in around 1914.
Lady Godiva, the 11th century noblewoman who rode on horseback covered by only her hair, made her famous journey through the city of Coventry.
Coventry is technically the most central city in the whole of the UK.