Andover is a thriving Hampshire town situated on the River Anton.
With a population of around 52,000 people, Andover began life as a market town with wool and cotton the main source of industry. In the 18th century it was a key staging post on the road between London and Exeter, while the railway linked the town with major commercial centres such as London and Basingstoke.
While the wool industry and ironworks, which also thrived in Andover, have now declined, new industry has taken its place. These days the town's largest employer is the Ministry of Defence. RAF Andover was built on Andover Airfield during the Great War and went on to become home to the various arms of the RAF Staff College.
Printing is also a key industry in the region, with Thompson International Publishers basing themselves nearby. Twinings, the tea and coffee firm, also employs a large number of local staff and recruitment agencies will also be keen to find employment for candidates in local financial institutions such as Simplyhealth, the Lloyds Banking Group and the Stannah Group, whose headquarters are based in Andover.
Unemployment is below the national average, with just 1% of the working population out of work. While in 2012 average weekly earnings were £506, up 1.5% from £498 in 2011 and above the national average.