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Engineering has long been an important part of the economy of Leicestershire. Engineering companies today include sports car maker Noble Automotive Ltd in Barwell, Triumph Motorcycles in Hinckley, Jones & Shipman, Metalfacture Ltd and Richards Engineering to name but a few. Local commitment to ensure the industries continue to grow includes apprenticeship schemes with local companies, and academic-industrial connections with the engineering departments at Leicester University, De Montfort University, and Loughborough University. The Systems Engineering Innovation Centre and Centre for Excellence for low carbon and fuel cell technologies are both based at Loughborough University.
Stilton, Red Leicester cheese, and the pork pie are three of Leicestershire's most famous contributions to English cuisine. Local food producers include Claybrooke mill one of the very few commercially working watermills left in Britain producing a range of over 40 flours, meat from rare and minority breeds from Brockleby's, Christmas turkey and goose from Seldom Seen Farm. Walkers crisps are made in Beaumont Leys using Lincolnshire potatoes. United Biscuits have their distribution centre in Ashby-de-la-Zouch as well as a snacks factory producing brands such as Hula Hoops, Skips (snack), Nik Naks and Space Raiders. Handmade chocolates are produced by Chocolate Perfection in Ashby-de-la-Zouch.
Transportation links are excellent for those with a serviced office in Leicestershire. East Midlands Airport is one mile south of Castle Donington and is the second largest freight airport in the United Kingdom after London Heathrow. DHL Aviation, UPS and TNT all use the airport as a base. Lufthansa Cargo is also a regular user of East Midlands, and the airport is a primary hub for Royal Mail. The M1 is Leicestershire's other important transport hub. Many large retail companies have huge warehouses at the Magna Park complex near Lutterworth.
The Midland Main Line provides important connections to Yorkshire and London, and the Birmingham–Stansted Line is Leicestershire's east–west connection from Hinckley to Melton.