Kayleigh Tait, Zen Internet

“Rochdale offers me and my family the best of both worlds”

Kayleigh Tait is a marketing manager at Zen Internet, one of the country’s most successful independent internet service providers. A Rochdale local, Kayleigh loves the town for offering her young family “the best of both worlds.”

“We’re minutes away from major motorway links to Manchester, and I can travel from my doorstep to London in just over two hours,” she says. “Then you have the amazing countryside minutes away - we’re right on the edge of the Pennines. We have a great balance of outdoor and city life, without the major price tag you find in many other areas.”

As a mum to two young children, quality of life is a key attraction for Kayleigh. Rochdale is both an affordable place to live, and a town on the up. She mentions the improving transport infrastructure and being able to be in central Manchester in 15 minutes, as well as Rochdale’s growing selection of independent restaurants, pubs and cafes. “My personal favourites are The Bird at Birtle and Suburb,” she says.

Needless to say, having a number of schools in the area rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted is another attraction for parents.

Like Kayleigh, Zen Internet could have relocated to just about anywhere in the country, but has always found that Rochdale gives it everything it needs to thrive.

“Chief Executive and founder Richard Tang grew up in Rochdale, and launched the company after a chat in the pub in the summer of 1995,” she says. “Today we have over 500 staff, and prestigious headquarters with plenty of parking just off the M62, which makes it ideal for commuters. Zen is located between the major northern cities of Manchester and Leeds, which means we attract talent from across the region.”

In a way, Kayleigh and Zen are happy in Rochdale for the same reasons. They love the great transport links, affordability, and the investment that is being ploughed into the infrastructure of the town. And like Zen, Kayleigh can’t imagine moving. “I’d miss the sense of community,” she says. “You don’t get that everywhere.”

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