Date Published: July 9, 2019

70th birthday of a New Town

2019 is a special year for town and people of Basildon, the hometown of A1 Personnel, as it is celebrating its 70th birthday. It was on 4 January 1949 when a designation order was signed by Government to allow building works to begin. Although, the exact day of anniversary has long passed, the town’s 70th anniversary is celebrated all year round with a series of programmes and cultural events.

Teresa Haynes, founder of A1 Personnel Ltd cherishes the anniversary as well, recollecting her ties to Basildon:

My parents moved to Basildon when it was referred to as a new town. A lot of people relocated  from London and its surroundings to Basildon as a major Ford Tractor plant was built creating huge employment. I attended my primary school, senior school and college years in Basildon and eventually opened A1 Personnel in January 1988. The agency was started in the town centre in what was then, North Gate House. The town was a very different place back then, a very busy retail town with great shops and a tight community spirit. I feel that having grown up in the area benefited me greatly in understanding the culture of the people within the area and the type of candidates to put forward for jobs. It’s been a great place for business which I hope will continue into the future.

A1 Personnel is proud to have been there for almost half of this 70 year long journey, contributing to the local labour market with the highest standards possible. We will continue to do so and we welcome all Basildon based organisations and job seekers to get in contact with us for our recruitment services.


Now let’s take a look at some interesting facts about the town:

  • Basildon was built in a bid to ease post-war overcrowding in London
  • People were originally encouraged to move to the town with the promise of an indoor bathroom
  • Historically, the first recorded reference to Basildon was in the Domesday Book, in 1086. It is referred to as “Belesduna”
  • It is thought the name Basildon” may be derived from the Anglo-Saxon personal name “Boerthal” and the Anglo-Saxon word “dun”, which means hill
  • The local government district of Basildon, which was formed in 1974 and received borough status in 2010, encapsulates a larger area than the town itself; the two neighbouring towns of Billericay and Wickford, as well as rural villages and smaller settlements
  • 64% of Basildon is still Green Belt land
  • Basildon Town is one of the most densely populated areas in the county; about 180,000 people currently live there
  • The band Depeche Mode and singer Alison Moyet hail from Basildon, as does singer Vince Clarke, boxer Terry Marsh, Olympian gold medal-winning gymnast Max Whitlock and snooker player Stuart Bingham
  • Basildon is currently undergoing a  regeneration plan that will be taking place over the next few years to make the town once again prosperous.