Nottingham is a city in the East Midlands, with a population of over 300,000 people. Nottingham is the home of Sherwood Forest which is often associated with the legend of Robin Hood. Today Sherwood Country Park is a popular visitor destination and heritage site which reportedly attracts over 350,000 visitors a year.
Nottingham has two universities, The University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University which collectively house a student population of 40,000 full-time students. The University Of Nottingham Medical School is a teaching hospital that forms part of the largest hospital in the UK, the Queen's Medical Centre.
Nottingham is a centre for business and many large companies have their main headquarters based in and around Nottingham. Companies such as Boots, The Gala Group, Siemens and Experian are some of the big named businesses who have large offices in Nottingham. The Driving Standards Agency and HM Revenue and Customs are also based in Nottingham and create job opportunities within the city.
Science and pharmaceutical companies make up a large part of Nottingham's modern industrial landscape. In 2005 the city of Nottingham was elected as one of the UK's 6 cities known as the 'Science Cities'. Nottingham is the home of 'Biocity'- a very large bioscience park which contains over 70 businesses from within the science sector. Nottingham is firmly entwined in scientific history and it was in Nottingham that Boots scientists first created Ibuprofen.
Nottingham is 20 miles from East Midlands Airport and also maintains good rail and road connections with the rest of the UK. It is a popular place to live and work, as well as having a bustling nightlife, with many bars, restaurants, clubs and theatres. Nottingham's biggest music venue, Nottingham Arena has a capacity of 10,000 people, and has seen some of the biggest names in music take to its stage.