Business In Monmouthshire
Monmouthshire is a county of south-east Wales located within a region known historically as the Welsh Marches. It is strategically located within the M4 motorway corridor on the border between Wales and England. The county has motorway access to both Severn bridges and enjoys excellent road links with London and south-east England, as well as fast road links to the midlands and the north of England.
The river Wye forms Monmouthshire's eastern boundary and The Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a wealth of other valuable natural assets - including the Brecon Beacons National Park - making Monmouthshire a very popular leisure destination, which has resulted in the county having a highly-developed tourist industry. Other important sectors in the region's economy include manufacturing, distribution, food production and agriculture, reflecting its largely rural nature.
Monmouthshire has a core population of around 88,000 residents, although incoming tourism boosts the population during the summer months in particular. The resident population is forecast to grow by over 4 per cent between 2011 and 2023.
Monmouthshire is a relatively large county, covering almost 90,000 hectares. It has a well-dispersed population and a low population density, reflecting its mainly rural nature.