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Living And Working In Wrexham

Wrexham is situated in the north east of Wales and is Wales’ seventh city. It is the administrative centre of the Wrexham County Borough which was awarded city status in 2022 and has a growing population. Nestled between the Welsh mountains and the English border, it is approximately 190 miles from London yet only around 25 miles from Liverpool and 43 miles from Manchester and therefore has excellent links to both the north and the south.
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Joanna Clare
Content Manager
Published on
April 15, 2024

Wrexham is situated in the north east of Wales and is Wales’ seventh city. It is the administrative centre of the Wrexham County Borough which was awarded city status in 2022 and has a growing population. Nestled between the Welsh mountains and the English border, it is approximately 190 miles from London yet only around 25 miles from Liverpool and 43 miles from Manchester and therefore has excellent links to both the north and the south.

Wrexham has a long and fascinating history and during the Industrial Revolution, notably the 18th and 19th centuries, Wrexham became an important centre for industry with coal mining, iron and steel production as well as brewing becoming major industries. It was once the most important iron manufacturer in the world for many years. Alongside the expansion of industry, the population increased accordingly and many of the wonderful and historic buildings that were constructed during these times still stand today.

Key sectors that provide employment in Wrexham include manufacturing - particularly in automotive, aerospace and food and drink industries. Wrexham is often described as being a beacon for industrial properties and is home to the largest industrial estate in Wales where many well known and esteemed companies are located. Health and social care include larger employers such as The Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and Wrexham Maelor Hospital as well as many nursing homes and other care providers. There is a vibrant retail and hospitality sector and also education, hi tech, biotechnology and construction industries are also heavily featured.

Wrexham boasts a resilient and skilled workforce with an increasing rate of employment and the city continues to successfully attract private sector investments and opportunities for new businesses. The economy is performing well with the fourth highest GVA in Wales and this new city is focused on sustaining a prosperous and healthy economy for the local people while supporting long term continued inward investments for key infrastructure and services. The city has aspirations to become world leaders in advanced manufacturing, energy and digital technologies and aims to attract and retain top talent. Additionally, the recent news that Wrexham is one of the two investment zones in Wales further proves that the city has moved forward both socially and economically.

Wrexham football team are the third oldest team in the world with the oldest ground and even have their own TV series and some very loyal fans! Visit Ty Pawb which hosts businesses, a theatre, a food court and galleries and was selected as one of five finalists for the Art Fund Museum of the Year in 2022!. The Independent Quarter has a great selection of shops and galleries to explore while other attractions not to be missed include St Giles Church - the largest medieval church in Wales, Wrexham County Borough Museum, the Science Discovery Centre, Chirk Castle, Erddig Hall and All Saints Church. There are still a number of stately Victorian viaducts across the city, some of which are still in use but are now listed by UNESCO as protected World Heritage Sites. A short walk from the city will lead you to the 1200 acres of National Trust land which holds a host of stunning attractions. There are several unique parks offering a blend of peaceful surroundings such as Alyn Waters Country Park with its bubbling stream, stroll around the lakes at Moss Valley Country Park where you will be reminded of the area's mining history or visit Nant Mill Country Park alongside the River Clywedog.

Wrexham Glyndwr University has its main campus just ten minutes from the vibrant and popular city centre and offers students a wide range of professional courses and both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

Wrexham is an affordable place to live compared with many other parts of the UK and is a popular and welcoming city with a strong sense of community spirit. This up and coming new city offers a fantastic quality of life with a wide range of amenities and has the added advantage of being surrounded by beautiful natural landscapes.

The next event being hosted by the UK Careers Fair will be held on April 24th between 10am - 2pm. The venue is Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Wrexham, LL13 7YH. This luxurious four star hotel is located just one mile from the city centre and a short drive from North Wales’ hidden treasures and heritage sites.

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