Apart from Thorne, Doncaster, a place I spent 18 years in from birth to university, I’ve never remained anywhere as long as we’ve stayed in Norwich, Norfolk. I’ve had a few bad experiences here, in the recent past, in education, but even that, with hindsight, was a massive favour. I had fallen out of love with teaching and a collective kick from various people propelled me into what I now love doing: writing and web design Norwich.
We’ve been here 11 years in July, a Personal Best, and I honestly never thought our time here would be so lengthy. Dare I say it, after the experiences 5 years ago, I actually like living here, in Bradwell, a gridlocked suburb of Great Yarmouth.
Gorleston, close by, was home for 8 years, and our move to a new build 3 years ago was hardly an epic trek – with it being just 2 miles.
I love Norwich city centre too, and, as someone who likes eating out and shopping, it is a great county capital.
It seems to me too to be fairly recession-proof. The blight that is obvious in so many city centres – failed businesses, shuttered premises, empty retail units, vacant restaurants are lacking in Norwich. Admittedly we’ve seen changes to the city centre in our 11 years here, but it’s not dramatically altered and is rightly, as it calls itself, “a fine city”.
Property prices are not low there though, even though statistically, wages are below average, I read. You won’t get much change out of £200,000 in the city centre, which may strike you as cheap if you’re comparing London or expensive if you’ve got other comparables.
The cost of living is quite high too.
Eating out in Norwich is relatively expensive, I think, and the costs of goods and services (to go all old skool) is high – getting a wall built or a decent discount on a car is challenging in Norwich and Norfolk.
But I’m trying to buck the local trend with my WordPress website offers.
I was talking with a joiner last week, who’d been looking at getting a website, with the lowest quote being £500 plus VAT for a simple brochure site. He’s now bought into my deal for £299 no VAT. Northern prices in an eastern county. The websites are not poor either and I don’t compromise on service or what’s included as you can see in the image or my prices.
Obviously, this is just one aspect of my work – if you’d like to know more, contact me today.