Wrexham is "the unofficial capital of North Wales." (The Times Guide to the House of Commons 2001). Traditionally an industrial town reliant upon the coal and steel industries, its economy has diversified successfully in recent years. With large employers such as JCB, Sharp Manufacturing and Tetrapak it has engineered a rapid growth in light industry and, since 1983, local unemployment has fallen from 20% to 4.5%.
Situated on the English border, the Wrexham community is diverse yet strong. Villages such as Llay, Gresford and Gwersyllt display the characteristics of close-knit mining communities. Welsh culture and language plays a growing role. The Welsh hills, with their wild beauty, are minutes away from the town.
Following the creation of the unitary Wrexham County Borough in 1995, the local council has led a very successful town centre development adding to the feeling of prosperity in the town. Visitors now come to Wrexham for its impressive shopping centre and developing sporting and cultural events. The town has hosted international Rugby Union and Rugby League matches at the recently developed Racecourse Ground, traditional home of doughty cup fighters Wrexham Football Club.
Yale College and the Glwyndwr University are the standard bearers of an impressive educational sector and the Maelor Hospital works closely with them to improve local health care provision.
Wrexham is ambitious. It believes its importance, in Wales and the United Kingdom, it is not fully recognised and welcomes visitors to see for themselves how much Wrexham has changed in recent years