Major employers in Holyhead include the Port/Stena, Anglesey Aluminium, Eaton, Holyhead Boatyard, Schools, Holyhead Town Centre, Tesco, Morrisons and the Retail Park. The Hedsrom factory closed recently with the loss of about 60 jobs. Conversely, about 60 jobs were recently gained as part of a new Stena Call-Centre. The Retail Park has created about 650 mainly part-time jobs, with about 250 jobs being recently created at the new Morrisions store. There were major job losses in 2009 due to the ending of smelting at Anglesey Aluminium (c450 jobs lost) and manufacturing at Eaton Electrical (c220 jobs lost).
Holyhead is a port town, located in attractive rural/coastal surroundings. Much of Holy Island is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and includes significant areas of Heritage Coast. Heritage Conservation Areas have been designated for Holyhead Town Centre, Newry Beach, and Holyhead Mountain Village. The area includes a significant number of listed buildings, ancient monuments and tree preservation orders. A new waste water treatment works has been built to improve local sea water quality.
The A55 North Wales expressway was extended across Anglesey in 2001, and provides good road access. Holyhead also benefits from rail access to Chester, ferry links to Dublin and Dun Laoghaire, and proximity to a small civilian airport at nearby RAF Valley. Broadband IT communication links are available in Holyhead.