Calne in Wiltshire lies on the banks of the River Marden and is located within the North Wessex Downs Area of Natural Beauty. Local recruitment agencies help people find jobs in Calne as well as other nearby towns such as Chippenham, Marlborough, Trowbridge and Bath.
Several multi-national supermarket chains provide jobs in Calne itself - Sainsbury's, Iceland and Co-Operative - while Tesco provides employment for a number of staff members at its local Tesco Express store. However, the company is very keen to build a major supermarket on a site close to Calne's busy by-pass. If this goes ahead, it is expected to provide n the region of 150 jobs.
More employment will also be created if the redevelopment of the Phelps Parade shopping area goes ahead. It has been suggested this may include removal of all the existing buildings. However, to date no firm plans have been revealed.
Some of Calne's economically active community are also employed in the field of education. St Mary's Independent School for girls is located in the town. The local comprehensive, The John Bentley School, is located on the outskirts, just to the south of Calne. This school is highly regarded as a centre for languages.