Cwmbran is a so-called new town, originally established in 1949 under the New Towns Act 1946. The town is situated in the county borough of Torfaen, in southeast Wales, approximately 6 miles north of Newport and approximately 19 miles east of Cardiff. Cwmbran is easily accessible by road, via the M4 motorway and the A4042 trunk road and by rail, via Cwmbran railway station. Property prices, council tax and basic expenses in the region fall below the UK average.
Cwmbran Job Opportunities
Cwmbran is situated in the heart of the South Wales valleys and, as such, is largely working class. Major employers in the town include Burton's Biscuit Company and Contour Aerospace Limited while Llantarnam Business Park, 1 mile south of the town centre, includes several international companies, such as Exide Batteries, Ringtel Electronics and Technicolor. Cwmbran typically creates opportunities of engineering jobs, IT jobs and sales jobs.
Cwmbran Employment Trends
According to the latest figures available from Torfaen Borough Council, as of June 2015, 5.7% of men and 3.8% of women of working age in Cwmbran were unemployed. Nevertheless, Cwmbran occupies an attractive location in terms of inward investment and the town centre, which is already the main retail centre in Torfaen with over 170 retail outlets, offers exciting possibilities for expansion. Torfaen Borough Council has produced a 15-year strategy for the regeneration and development of the town, which will be accomplished through various public and private partnerships.
Since the start of 2015, several companies, including manufacturing firm KV Rollers, telecommunications companies Nagra Media UK and Siphon and data broker Smartpipe Solutions have made major investment in establishing or developing facilities in Cwmbran. In so doing, they have created hundreds of highly skilled, full-time jobs in the town.