Discover Basingstoke

Train connection to London is just superb, 45 minutes to Waterloo, and unlike many other train lines, this is remarkably reliable service. To get to London Paddington is also swift, just under an hour via Reading.

There are many well kept secrets in Basingstoke, it is the home of Berry Bros & Rudd, Britain's oldest fine wine merchant, and of course, Smart Media. Basingstoke is also where Thomas Burberry started his business in 1856.

Basingstoke boasts one of the acoustically best concert venues in the UK, the Anvil and has a very lively and innovative Haymarket theatre.

It also has some of the few penthouse apartments outside London, not exactly overlooking a river but next to the railway station.

Trains to London Waterloo take just 45 minutes.

Surrounding Basingstoke are numerous idyllic country villages, canal walks, horse riding, country parks and golf courses. And of course, the South Downs National Park stretches all the way from Winchester to Eastbourne.

If you been led to believe that Basingstoke is a gloomy market town, think again - the town centre has been redeveloped and now has 20 or so restaurants, cinema and leisure centre (with Airkix and Skiplex). The Festival Place shopping centre hosts many 'upmarket' highstreet chains, such as Apple, Sony Centre, Gap, Zara, Superdry and Monsoon, and a new Waitrose and John Lewis at home store opened in November 2015.

Flying off on holidays is easily done from Southampton airport. It is only 30 minutes drive away and quick and easy to park. If you prefer travelling without a car, trains stop right at the airport.

When you feel like a day of pampering, just escape to the Nirvana Spa, not too far away by car.

For plane enthusiasts, Blackbush and Popham airfields are nearby.

Motor racing fans can practice their Top Gear performance at the nearby Thruxton Circuit.

So if you are an ambitious and successful software or marketing professional currently working in London, out and about in the UK or oversees, why not check for available jobs at Smart Media and bring your talent to Basingstoke!