Chad Brown 7/7/2021HSEQ-360
Welcome to the first blog post by HSEQ-360
Why we love having Norfolk as a base to live and work.
HSEQ-360 know what a bizarre 18 months it’s been locally, nationally and globally. Covid 19 changed everything for so many people’s lives and it’s been an economic wrecking ball for many countries and companies.
As a team of Chartered Professionals in Health and Safety, our company has been able to adapt with remote working as much of our work involves accreditation and consultancy - perfect principles for working from home.
We’re delighted too to read and report in this first blog post that Norfolk, with Great Yarmouth specifically, being paired with the Shetland Islands for Covid infections. In fact, the coastal town of Yarmouth and its surrounding villages has the lowest rate of infection in England.
There’s no doubt that several factors are contributing to this good news:
1. Population density
2. Remote location
Let’s look at each one in turn, not scientifically, but from years of experience of living and working in this very easterly and vast county.
Norfolk has a population of under 1 million, as of last year, which is incredibly low when you consider the land mass of the area. Norwich, the capital and our base, is obviously home to the highest number of people, but for a major city, its numbers are low: 143,000 around the city centre with 213,000 across the city and suburbs.
Great Yarmouth accounts for 100,000 of the Norfolk total, with King’s Lynn having half that number with Thetford, another major town, being smaller still.
There’s no doubt too that location is important too. If you stand on Gorleston beach, believe it or not, you’re closer to Amsterdam than London, as the crow (or seagull flies). Norfolk remains one of the last counties in England without a motorway and you can either see that as quaint or frustrating, depending on your patience levels!
What we do know is that if you arrive at the northern gateway of Norfolk, at King’s Lynn, thinking Norwich and Yarmouth are in spitting distance, think again! Those 70 miles along the A47 can take an age to cover and when you get close to almost smelling the sea air, there’s the torturous Acle Straight to tackle!
Norfolk is indeed remote, as is Suffolk.
Lifestyle? People often think Norfolk is for bird-watching, boating, seaside and retirement and it has all in abundance. It’s also home to Aviva, a financial giant, the Canaries, a club that oscillates each season between relegation and promotion and a lifestyle many love.
Norwich is a fine city to live and work in. It has a castle, cathedrals, a network of medieval lanes, a great retail and restaurant scene and a climate that is sunny most of the year.
One of our HSEQ-360 team spotted too an article that linked good health with Vitamin D and as a county with high sunshine levels and lots of outdoor pursuits, Norfolk may well be a great place for both physical and mental health.
It’s why we love having Norfolk as a base to live and work.