Enfield is a historic town that lies in the centre of the London borough of Enfield, although it belonged to the county of Middlesex until 1965. Its famous residents over the years have included Bruce Forsyth, Benjamin Disraeli, Amy Winehouse and Paul McKenna, and it was also the first location in the world to have an ATM (in 1967.)
The town centre underwent major redevelopment works in 2006, when a large extension was added to Enfield's existing shopping centre, bringing a number of new businesses and employment opportunities to the area. The current population stands at almost 300,000 across the borough, and the average full-time salary is £28,940 per annum, with a weekly gross pay of £546, which are both slightly lower than the London average. However, recruitment agencies still consider it a good place to live and work, thanks to its closeness to central London, and proximity to the countryside.
Major employers in Enfield include Iceland, IKEA, Asda, Warburtons, TNT, Coca Cola, Barnet & Chase Farm NHS Trust and North Middlesex Hospital, and Local Authority. The majority of full-time and part-time staff are employed within the following sectors: Health & Education (27%), Wholesale and Retail (27%), Business Services (20%), Manufacturing (15%), and Transport and Communications (11%.)