Ammanford is a small town with a population of 5,411, according to the 2011 Census, in the county of Carmarthenshire in West Wales. The town is situated at the end of the Amman Valley, which cuts east-west through the area, from the sources of the River Amman in the Black Mountain range to its confluence with the River Loughor. Ammanford is less than 20 miles, or just over 30 minutes' drive, from Swansea via the M4 motorway and A483 Swansea to Manchester Trunk Road. Regular train services run from Ammanford railway station to Carmarthen, Llanelli, Swansea, Cardiff and Shrewsbury. According to Rightmove, the overall average property price in Ammanford is £139,888, which compares favourably with West Wales as a whole, at £162,048.
Ammanford Job Opportunities
Despite the demise of industrial mineral extraction jobs in Ammanford, the district remains home to several well-established engineering and manufacturing firms. TRJ Holdings, established in the 1930s, continues to provide a large number of building and civil engineering jobs in Ammanford, while Morgan GRP, established in 1965, is a world leader in the design, manufacture and supply of glass reinforced polymer products. Mitsui Components Europe, established in 1999 on the Cape Hendre Industrial Estate, west of Ammanford, is another major source of manufacturing jobs in the area.
Ammanford Employment Trends
Traditionally, the economy of Ammanford was based on agriculture and, following the Industrial Revolution, on coal. Coal mining in West Wales is long gone but, today, following regeneration and pedestrianisation, Ammanford has become a popular shopping destination, with a busy high street, a traditional indoor market and plentiful car parking. Ammanford is also home to the Black Mountain Centre, which provides local tourist information and an introduction to the cultural and industrial heritage of the Amman Valley. Consequently, retail and tourism jobs in Ammanford are likely to remain popular.