Round and about Bicester
We work with a lot of local companies who know all about Storms ‘home town’ of Bicester but we also work with very many businesses based throughout the UK who perhaps don’t know anything about this market town. We thought it would be interesting to tell you a little about Bicester and the surrounding area.
Bicester is a town based in north east Oxfordshire dating back to medieval times. Statistics from December 2014 show a population of 31,000. It is said to be one of the fastest growing towns in Oxfordshire (in 2014 plans were approved for 13,000 new homes) including a mix of modern day initiatives such as zero carbon living and build your own homes. This link contains information about the changes that are happening in the town. Bicester is in a great location for business such as Storm, being close to junction 9 of the M40 that provides good links to London and Birmingham. It is also well serviced by railway stations – Bicester North and Bicester Village (previously Bicester Town).
In more recent times Bicester is perhaps better known for the designer outlet – Bicester village – which has grown beyond all recognition in the last 20 years. Hence its ‘own’ railway station which connects it directly to London. It is classed as a tourist attraction and was described in the Guardian as a shopping Shangri-La. At this time of year it is a bit of a challenge for local residents because of the increase in traffic. I do have to add though that if you are in to your designer gear at reasonable prices then this is the place for you!
There is also the old army base, RAF Bicester, a major base for Bomber Command, now the home of Bicester Heritage who restore and store vintage and classic cars, motorcycles and aeroplanes . The site covers 348 acres containing restored redbrick buildings and hangars which provide interesting venues and accommodation.
Keeping with the military theme Bicester is close to RAF Upper Heyford. In 1915 the site was established as an RFC aerodrome. In the 1920’s/30’s it became RAF Upper Heyford and bomber station. Shortly after World War 2 the site was leased by the US Air Force returned to the MOD in 1994. The USAF built houses, shops and a hospital on site as well as a baseball pitch. Many of the buildings were converted into commercial properties and in fact it was one of these that was the home of Storm Graphics for a number of years. If you are interested in its history there is more on this website http://www.raf-upper-heyford.org/
Here ends our short tour of Bicester – giving you a little more background into what is happening in the world close to Storm Graphics.