Renowned artist Grayson Perry – creator of Turner Prize-winning ceramics and The Vanity of Small Differences tapestry series – was born in Chelmsford in 1960.
Enovate is based in the centre of the historic city of Chelmsford in the county of Essex. Chelmsford was recognised as the county town of Essex in 1218 and settlements in the area date back as far as 60AD.
On 14 March 2012, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg announced that Chelmsford, along with Perth, Scotland and St Asaph, Wales, was to be granted city status. The Letters Patent officially granting city status to Chelmsford from The Queen were received on 6 June 2012.
Chelmsford lies 31 miles northeast of London and is connected by mainline railway to London's Liverpool Street Station with a journey time of 35 minutes. Approximately 10,000 commuters make the journey into London everyday, making Chelmsford the busiest through station in England.
Chelmsford has always been an important area for business and has been named as the "birthplace of radio", which adorns signs as you enter the city via major roads. This is thanks to one of the cities larger business residents, Marconi, who sent the first entertainment radio broadcasts transmitted in the UK from its Chelmsford factory.