Alcester is a small town that lies on the River Alne in Warwickshire. It is located only 8 miles from Stratford upon Avon, and it is popular with commuters who work in Birmingham.
The most prominent employer in the town is Severn Lamb which specialises in the manufacturing of specialist rides intended for theme parks. The town has a vibrant yet quaint high street that is blessed with a mix of national retailers and local stores. Agriculture is also a significant employer in the surrounding areas, and the region's tourist industry is thriving. The stately homes of Coughton Court and Ragley Hall and the Roman Alcester museum provide a welcome economic boost to this sleepy Warwickshire town.
Official figures from Nomis suggest that Alcester is bucking the trend of low employment in the Midlands, as only 1.8 percent of the working population were claiming job seeker's allowance in January of 2013 - compared with the national average of 3.8 percent. The majority of residents are employed as managers, administrative staff, skilled tradespeople and senior officials.
The town's relatively low population and low rates of unemployment mean recruitment agencies are never short of vacancies for skilled people with specific technical expertise or managerial experience. The population is also an ageing one, so job opportunities are always available for the right applicants.