In the private business sector in the Essunga municipality, agriculture and mechanical industries are the most prominent. There’s also a great number of construction and transport businesses. Ginza, which is one of Sweden’s first e-commerce companies, is also based here.
Tourism is on the increase thanks to, amongst others, the Nossebro Market, which is the country’s largest monthly market, and Retro Nossebro with authentic settings from the 1950’s – 70’s. Parallel to the growth in the tourist sector, trade has also been on the rise.
On the services side, the growing need for care has led to an increase of the number of people employed in care professions.
A sector that is underrepresented in the Essunga municipality is that of business services of different sorts.
Plenty of room for new businesses
Nossebro has established areas for business activities. There’s a private business centre that offers everything from unheated storage spaces to new, fresh shops and offices. There’s also an office hotel that is based on the objective to cover the needs of smaller companies that require office space.
The municipality has ample industrial land available for construction purposes, and has proximity to arterial traffic connections. In total, about 20 hectares are available and ready for development.
The Nossebro region’s network has about 90 member businesses. The member companies are active in manufacturing, trade, services and agriculture. The network serves as a mouthpiece for contacts with authorities and other organisations, and its focus is on the positive development of trade and industry in the Nossebro area.
The Stallaholm project is the municipality’s largest cooperation project to date. In part, this project comprised the construction of an artificial turf field, which is located next to Nossan and the municipality’s large market area. In the area, there’s also a camping site with swimming facilities and rental cottages. A newly constructed indoor swimming pool and gym are planned for 2014. From 2013 onwards, several nature conservation measures will be developed in the area, for instance for the wetlands and promenades.
Within the Essunga municipality, there are many communities in which you can buy plots for building your own home. The costs for plots with connections for water and drains are appealing compared to corresponding costs in the nearby metropolitan areas.
In Nossebro, you have the option of ”combined housing”. This involves plots for smaller family homes with large additional spaces for those who for instance want to operate a small-scale handicrafts business, a workshop or a trading company.
Rental apartments can be found throughout the municipality, amongst others in a newly constructed building with a modern design in central Nossebro. There are also co-operative housing facilities.
It’s easy to reach the municipality. The E20 is in close proximity. To the railroad junctures of Herrljunga and Vårgårda, it takes about 20 minutes from Nossebro, and in a bit more than half an hour you reach the closest domestic airport. To an airport with international flights, it takes you about an hour by car.
Municipality, clubs and associations working together
The active clubs and associations are very important for the culture and leisure scene in the Essunga municipality. These associations are responsible for most of what’s going on. The Stallaholm leisure centre is a good example of what good networks and solid cooperation can achieve.
The municipality has strong traditions and lots of history, characterised by many visible relics from the past. Many of the places to see lie alongside two beautiful bicycle paths.
Retro Nossebro focuses on the culture from the 1950’s–70’s and attracts many visitors. Along Storgatan (Highstreet), you will find retro buildings. You can admire authentic settings such as an apartment, a restaurant, cafés, a bakery and confectionery, an electronics store, a paint shop, charcuterie, cinema, breakers’ yard, bicycle shop and many more.
Another part of the retro movement is the Power Meet, with American automobiles from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. For other car enthusiasts, Nossebro has the classic car market that takes place twice per year. Here you can find exciting retro stuff.
Number of inhabitants: 5,502
Surface: 236 km²
Population density: 24 inhabitants/km²
Commuting: 755 in, 1,235 out