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Living And Working In Wolverhampton

Joanna Clare

The dynamic and culturally diverse city of Wolverhampton, covering 27 square miles, is situated in the West Midlands which is in central England. Not only is it a city, but it is also a metropolitan borough. It is interesting to note that the residents from Wolverhampton are affectionately known as ‘wulfrunians’.

The distance between the city and London is around 115 miles and the nearest airport is Birmingham Airport - a large airport - which offers both international and domestic flights.

Like many cities, Wolverhampton has an interesting history. The city of Wolverhampton is so called after a Saxon named Wulfruna who had land and founded a church by which a settlement grew. By the 1700’s it had the only road from London to Holyhead which was the route people used to travel to Ireland so it was very busy at the time with stagecoaches travelling through.

By the Victorian times and the Industrial Revolution, things began to change and Wolverhampton was booming with major trade in coal, locks and iron and steel including bicycles. Locomotive repairs were especially important due to the factory belonging to the Great Western Railway. In the latter part of the 20th century, the traditional manufacturing industries were in major decline.

The economy in Wolverhampton is growing fast and has recently seen record investments for regeneration. Entrepreneurs do extremely well here with 11 new businesses being created here every single day, according to statistics from the latter part of 2021.

Big names in engineering and construction are thriving and there is also a large aerospace industry and rapidly expanding service sectors. The NHS and health and social care are also major employers. It has been named as the top UK city for remote working due to fantastic innovative digital connectivity.

With an emphasis on an excellent education for all ages being of major importance here, many of the schools are rated as outstanding. The University of Wolverhampton is internationally recognised and attracts some of the brightest and most dynamic students from all over the world.

With many wonderful attractions to explore, there are many interesting museums, historic sites and gardens on offer such as the National Trust’s Moseley Old Hall where you can take a guided tour, the beautifully landscaped victorian West Park, Bantock House Museum and the historic Grand Theatre which dates from 1894. Football fans will undoubtedly enjoy a visit to the Molineux Stadium, the home ground of Wolverhampton Wanderers which also has its own museum.

With two indoor shopping centres, high street stores and regular markets, the city offers a fun packed day of retail therapy along with many delicious choices of both unique and traditional establishments to eat, drink and relax in.

The price of an average property in Wolverhampton is substantially less than many other parts of the UK. The average home currently sells for around £225,000 and is described by many as a lovely place to bring up families.

Looking for a Career in Wolverhampton? We are hosting a careers fair at Molineux Stadium on Friday 19th August, between the times of 10am-2pm. Ours event are completely free for jobseekers and are a great way to meet hiring companies around the city. Find out more here!

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