Cheshire East is a predominantly rural Borough with a population of 372,700 (2013) and an area of 116,638 hectares. It is bounded by Cheshire West and Chester to the West, by Manchester to the North and Stoke-on-Trent to the South.
It is made up of the railway town of Crewe, the old mill towns of Macclesfield, Bollington and Congleton and the market towns of Nantwich, Knutsford and Sandbach, as well as Middlewich, Wilmslow, and smaller settlements such as Poynton, Alderley Edge, Holmes Chapel and Prestbury.
The northern part of Cheshire East, comprising Wilmslow, Alderley Edge, Knutsford and Poynton, lies within the North Cheshire Green Belt and adjoins the Peak District National Park to the east and the Manchester conurbation to the north.
The area is renowned for its highly educated and entrepreneurial workforce and the high quality of life enjoyed by its residents and workers.
The key employment sectors in Cheshire East include: