Business Sectors

Cheshire East is a predominantly rural Borough with a population of 384,200 (2019) 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 and Congleton and the towns of Alsager, Knutsford, Middlewich, Nantwich, Sandbach, Poynton and Wilmslow, and smaller settlements such as Alderley Edge, Bollington, Handforth and Holmes Chapel.

The northern part of Cheshire East, comprising Wilmslow, Alderley Edge, Handforth, 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:

  • Advanced Manufacturing (including: automotive manufacturing and engineering) 
  • Agricultural Technology (including: food and drink and agricultural technology)
  • Construction
  • Creative and Digital Industries 
  • Financial Services
  • Life Sciences and Pharmaceuticals
  • Logistics 
  • Tourism 

For further information on Business Sectors, please visit the Skills and Growth company website.

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Economic Development team

Page last reviewed: 08 January 2020