Nottinghamshire has a reputation for creative innovation, entrepreneurial prowess and maverick outlaws.
Controversial literary figures such as D.H. Lawrence, Alan Sillitoe and Lord Byron have all found inspiration here. The Boots Company was founded in Nottinghamshire and the iconic Chopper bicycle was designed and built by Raleigh in Nottingham. International fashion designer 'True Brit' Paul Smith also opened his first shop in the city.
Textiles have always played a big role in the city. At the time of the industrial revolution the Luddite 'machine breaking' movement originated here. Yet the lace and coal industries flourished for over a hundred and fifty years, funding most of the county's country estates that exist as popular tourist destinations today.
Nottinghamshire's heavy industry has long since disappeared and has been replaced by a retail, service and knowledge-based economy. Nottingham's nightlife is still legendary and the city now boasts some of the best leisure, arts and digital media venues outside of London. In fact, our region is brimming with free-thinking creative minds.
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