Wolverhampton is in an area known as the Black Country, because of the coal mining that used to take place there, and because of the smoke from the many ironworks and forges. Those days are gone, of course, and now it’s a vibrant, modern city and a great place to live and work.
If you’re travelling for work, then the first thought might be to book a hotel or cheap studio flat, more out of habit than anything else. However, a serviced apartment might be a better choice in many cases, especially if you can get more space for a lower price.
Having your own fully-equipped cooking and washing facilities, together with free wifi, spacious living rooms and dining areas are just some of the advantages that come with choosing serviced apartments in Wolverhampton. SITU's Wolverhampton apartments offer housekeeping and laundry services too, and sometimes there might even be a restaurant within the same building. If not, there’s likely to be somewhere to eat out close by, especially if you choose a city-centre location.
What's ultimately most important for corporate travellers, is choice. Business professionals should choose a fully furnished apartment that offers what they want, and only a range of serviced accommodation offers this luxury. For instance, some business travellers prefer a quiet apartment location outside of the heart of Wolverhampton city centre, while others want a convenient town centre location that’s close to the railway station and/or the office.
Wolverhampton is in the West Midlands metropolitan county of England. Birmingham, the UK’s second-largest city, is just 12 miles to the south-east. However, with a population of around 260,000, Wolverhampton is large enough to be a destination in its own right and is no mere suburb of its larger neighbour.
Indeed, Wolverhampton is a city in its own right. It was one of the three Millennium Cities – the towns that were granted city status to mark the arrival of the year 2000. The panel chose to reward Wolverhampton, a former industrial powerhouse that has established a world-class university and has become a renowned technology hub.
Wolverhampton is in a central location in more ways than one, with superb transport links, being and is very close to the UK motorway network and being on the mainline to the largest cities in the UK. The M5, M6, M42 and M54 motorways are close by and the city has invested in a £132 million transport interchange encompassing rail, road, bus and metro.
The principal industries in Wolverhampton include manufacturing, logistics, construction, education, technology and the public sector, without anyone sector dominating.
Just outside the city is i54 South Staffordshire, a modern high-technology business park, where several prominent companies have set up and where several thousand local people are now employed. Businesses based in Wolverhampton might like to look into what the following organisations can offer them:
· Black Country Chamber of Commerce – which represents the interests of its members and provides them with networking opportunities.
· Wolves in Business – a series of webinars and surgeries to provide advice to businesses.
· The Wolverhampton Business Breakfast Club – where members can network and share their business experiences.
· Black Country Growth Hub – which provides free and impartial support to businesses on issues such as recruitment, growth strategies, finding properties and innovation.
To learn more about business in Wolverhampton, take a look at the Invest Wolverhampton website. For instead more details on how to book serviced apartments in Wolverhampton to cater for business stays, get in touch with a member of the SITU team.
Were you to speak to someone from the other side of the world, they would surely say that the most famous thing about the city is Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club, or ‘Wolves’, where football superstars play in the city at every home match. However, the city certainly has more to offer and see.
For example, there's Wightwick Manor, a lovely black and white timber Victorian Arts and Crafts manor house, with delightful gardens. The Grand Theatre is also well worth a visit, not just for a performance, but also for its Art Deco architecture. There is the Bantock House Museum, which not only tells the history of the city but allows the visitor to see some fine Pre-Raphaelite art, carved oak-panelled rooms, decorative glass, tiles and period furnishings inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement; all in a fine Edwardian property set in 43 acres of parkland and formal gardens.
Looking for somewhere to eat? Well, there are many Asian restaurants in multicultural Wolverhampton, but for something a bit different, we recommend trying The Bilash for ‘artisan’ Indian cuisine? Somewhere on their diverse menu of fish, chicken and other meat dishes, there’s bound to be something you genuinely haven’t tried before. This fantastic restaurant and many others dotted across the city are within walking distance of many corporate Wolverhampton apartments.
The most notable cultural event includes when West Park in Wolverhampton welcomes some of the biggest names in the indie music world for Creation Day. This is a celebration of the legendary Creation Records label and the legacy of its founder Alan McGee, and despite the name, the festival actually lasts for two days. There's so much to see, do and experience in the city; it would take us all day to describe it all! Nevertheless, we do provide a great range of serviced apartments in Wolverhampton that enable travellers to enjoy all the city has to offer for themselves.
Wolverhampton Airport is primarily served by light aircraft, but Birmingham’s major international airport is only 28 miles away. A regular train service connects Wolverhampton city centre and the airport.
Wolverhampton’s rail connections are superb. The city centre railway station has regular trains to London Euston, Birmingham New Street, Stoke-on-Trent, Manchester Piccadilly and Liverpool Lime Street, and there are slightly less frequent trains to Glasgow Central and Edinburgh Waverley. There are also regular services to Crewe where, as the old railway joke goes, you can change for almost anywhere! In summary, you can travel by train from Wolverhampton to almost all of the UK’s major cities.
The West Midlands Metro is a light rail tram system. There is only one line, with trams shuttling between Birmingham Library and St George’s in Wolverhampton. On the way, they call at West Bromwich, Wednesbury and Bilston.
As well as the extensive bus network in the city, Wolverhampton has bus connections to destinations including Dudley, Birmingham, Codsall, Stourbridge, Bilston, Great Barr, Walsall, Wednesbury, Penkridge, Stafford and Cannock.