As England’s most tranquil county, Northumberland has some of the most dramatic scenery in England. Easily accessible by road and rail, it offers that rare thing - a picturesque and enjoyable commute to work.
Choose to live in a thriving market town, a pretty Tyne Valley commuter village or a sought-after coastal location – not forgetting a National Park and two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty to explore on your days off.
Job opportunities in Northumberland are many and varied, particularly within tourism, green low carbon technology, pharmaceuticals and engineering.
"As England’s most tranquil county, Northumberland has some of the most dramatic scenery in England."
World-leading green technologies are being developed at the New and Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) in Blyth, which in turn has attracted International businesses such as Clipper Windpower.
Clipper Windpower has announced the building of its new offshore wind turbine blade manufacturing facility at the Shepherd Offshore Renewable Energy Park in Newcastle. Expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2010, the factory is expected to employ a local workforce in excess of 500.
The industrial parks of Cramlington and Ashington have become a hub for pharmaceutical and engineering companies, while a comprehensive broadband infrastructure has encouraged hi-tech businesses in market towns like Morpeth, Alnwick and Hexham to flourish.
Northumberland is a place where the challenges don’t end in the workplace. How about ending your working week by walking the length of Hadrian’s wall or mountain biking at Kielder? Or what about unwinding with a round of golf at Slaley Hall or a laid-back Sunday lunch in an award winning gastro pub?
Become a part of the community by playing cricket for the village team or join in with quirky annual events like barrel rolling in Allendale.
The castle dominates Alnwick and boasts beautiful state rooms with Italian renaissance design, paintings by Canaletto, Van Dyck and Titian and spacious grounds designed by Capability Brown.
Nearby lies The Alnwick Garden, one of the most exciting contemporary gardens on earth, which features one of the world's largest treehouses and even a poison garden packed full of rare and dangerous plants.
Commuting to the major Tyneside hubs is easy too. West of Newcastle, you can drive to work via the A69 or take the train with several stations dotted along the Tyne Valley route.
The Northern parts of the county are accessed via the A1 and A696 or by rail with key stations at Stocksfield, Morpeth and Alnmouth.
Parents can be assured their children will get a good education in Northumberland with many village schools that have small class sizes. Further education is offered at Northumberland College, which has hundreds of courses at its six county-wide campuses.