Stockport is a large English town around 7 miles to the southeast of Manchester’s city center. It has a population of around 136,000 with a total of 285,000 in the surrounding borough. The town straddles the Mersey River on the border of Lancashire and Cheshire. Stockport emerged by being a center for hemp and rope making and went on in the 18th century to have the first silk production factories in the UK. Later it became an important town in the textile industry. The town gets its name from the old English words for castle (stock) and wood (port) meaning “castle in a wood”, which refers to the 12th century Stockport Castle. Expats living in Stockport can learn more about their adopted town in the Stockport Story Museum. The Stockport Town Hall, meanwhile, reflects the importance of the industrial age town and has a magnificent ballroom and the largest Wurlitzer organ in Britain. To find out more, expats living in Stockport can consult other global minds at the InterNations online community for expatriates.
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Expatriates moving to Stockport will find a well-connected transport hub. The town is at the center of the UK’s motorway network with connections to the M60 and M6. Stockport is also on the West Coast Main Line and has trains departing to London every 20 minutes. There are furthermore frequent train services to Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool, Sheffield and a host of other major UK cities. Stockport is also only five miles from Manchester International Airport, the busiest British airport outside London, so any expatriate moving to Stockport from further afield should at least have no problems physically getting there. Expats in Stockport can discuss the city and gain information by connecting with other Stockport expatriates on the discussion groups and forums of InterNations.
Stockport has a mixed service economy with a large retail sector. Many expats working in Stockport are employed at the nearby Manchester International Airport, which has a host of related travel and distribution businesses. Other expats in Stockport work in the nearby city of Manchester which is well known for its vibrant media industry. The local council has started a major city center regeneration scheme, which is set to further enhance economic opportunities for expatriates in Stockport by bringing many more jobs and businesses into the city center. To keep abreast of such developments, expats working in Stockport can network at InterNations to uncover opportunities and make new business connections. These online resources are enhanced by the in-house publication, the Expat Magazine, which has lots of tips and articles on expatriation related topics in general.