The town of Llanelli is home to the world famous Llanelli Scarlets Rugby Region and has a population of some 35,000 people. The Town is situated in the south eastern corner of Carmarthenshire in south west Wales some twelve miles west of the City of Swansea.
Llanelli is a coastal town where the Welsh language is widely spoken, and it has a long association with the tinplate, steel, and coal-mining industries. The town has undergone a metamorphosis during the past thirty years which has witnessed the closure of virtually all the traditional old heavy industries, the reclamation of derelict sites, and the creation of many environmental and tourist attractions. Major present day manufacturing processes include tinplate, inflatable craft, general engineering, steel fabrication and speciality chemicals, and there are several industrial estates accommodating a large number of smaller companies. The surrounding rural area supports a pastoral agricultural regime dominated by dairy, beef, and sheep farming.
The gradual development of leisure-tourism has resulted in enhanced trading and employment opportunities for the town. In recent years a great deal of development has been completed in the Town Centre which is seeing a gradual improvement with the support of the Business Improvemenr District and Llanelli Town Council. Additionally the completion of the East Gate Leisure development and Ffwrnes Theatre have boosted the facilities available to the Community. There are a number of Town Centre historical attractions including Llanelly House and Parc Howard. A world class Nicklaus designed golf resort sits on the coast at the edge of Llanelli Town. The coastal area includes the Millenium Coastal Path, Penclacwydd Wetlands Centre and Machynys Peninsula housing developments.
Communications for both industry and tourists are excellent with Intercity rail connections, and a direct road link connecting to the M4 motorway. The coastal relief road with its splendid scenic views connects the town with Swansea and towards Western Carmarthenshire.