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  • Wales. Where golf buddies up with good business. 2
  • raise your game in Wales In October 2010, there’s only one place for golf lovers to be: The Celtic Manor Resort in Wales, where the world’s best known golf tournament, The 2010 Ryder Cup is happening. Meanwhile, if you’re looking for a supportive base for your business, in top quality but cost-competitive property, linked to key UK business hubs with a first class transport infrastructure, and just a short drive from some of the best golfing in the United Kingdom, again there’s only one place to be: Wales. 3
  • Wales. Where golf buddies up with good business. We’re incredibly proud of our country. Passion is in our nature, but so is enthusiasm for the new – and more than anything we want new people to come and share some of the great things going on here. 4
  • We’re incredibly proud of our Here are some of the reasons why • Established supply chain networks. country. Passion is in our nature, you could succeed in Wales: • Easy access to UK and European but so is enthusiasm for the new – • A skilled and loyal workforce markets. and more than anything we want with low attrition rates. new people to come and share These simple facts should tell some of the great things going • A network of university you something about Wales. on here. departments ready to collaborate It’s a special place. We’re driven on R&D with you. to succeed. But you won’t find The Welsh economy is built upon • A commitment from the Welsh anywhere that’s quite so ready the strengths and skills of its Assembly Government to to support future champions – people and natural environment; continually invest in high quality wherever they’re coming from. we’re a confident, creative and and sustainable infrastructure. ambitious nation; a great place • Targeted business support and It’s because we’re team players. to live and work. access to funding for priority Your success benefits all of us. sectors including advanced So we’ll be with you all the way. materials & manufacturing, creative industries, energy & environment, financial & professional services, ICT and life sciences. Welcome to The 2010 Ryder Cup When we set out to be the host nation for The 2010 Ryder Cup, we were up against England, Sweden and even Scotland, the home of golf. But, we clinched it. Why? Well, in Wales we’ve got a way of making things happen. Our facilities, skills, enthusiasm and resources (not to mention our courses), are well above par. And we’re always ready to go the extra mile. The Celtic Manor Resort has invested over £16 million in developing the new course and facilities for The 2010 Ryder Cup. Likewise, for years in Wales, we’ve been investing in our cities and regions to make them brilliant places to do business. The Welsh Assembly Government is continuing to invest in IT and telecoms infrastructure, commercially focused R&D in our universities, technology development and commercial property – all so businesses like yours can play to win. 5
  • Wales. Where golf buddies up with good business. join our club property as you need it Wales has an exceptional variety of strategic sites and property for business – from serviced offices and industrial units, to incubator facilities linked to academic R&D departments, and even sites with runway access or dedicated airspace. It’s up to you whether you take the freehold on the Golf as it should be land or property, take a long or short lease, or licence. Wales has a brilliant asset that’s becoming rarer in And you can choose any of these options whether the UK – open space. Our thousands of acres of you’re an individual, trustee or company. green valleys, mountains and miles of coastline are We offer every business a dedicated property a canvas on which we’ve created some of the most service – from searching our database of available breathtaking and challenging golf courses imaginable. properties across Wales, to advisers who can find the Just as with business sites and property in Wales, right property for you and even assist in buying and there’s a whole lot we can achieve by coupling our developing brownfield or greenfield land. natural assets with investment and dedication. You might think all this comes at a high price. But So, when The 2010 Ryder Cup comes to The Celtic property in Wales is among the lowest priced in Manor Resort, the pros will be playing on the first the UK, with Cardiff office space some 40% less ever purpose-built course. Come and discover the than London (source: AtisReal Sept 2008). benefits of good business and great leisure. Wales gives you flexible, affordable and accessible property – however and wherever you need it. The Dream 18 To get you started John Hopkins, Wales native and golf correspondent for The Times, has selected his favourite courses – the Dream 18. And we’ve chosen some of our finest business sites and property to complement them. 6
  • UK space to work and play 1 Wales 1 Business Park 2 Celtic Springs Business Park 14 Anglesey 3 Cardiff Gate International Business Park 16 16 Llandudno 4 Roath Basin 17 5 St Athan Aerospace Business Park 15 Bangor 17 St Asaph 6 Treforest Industrial Estate Hawarden 18 7 Baglan Energy Park 8 SA1 Swansea Waterfront 9 Llanelli Gate Business Park 14 18 10 Llanelli Waterside 11 Pembrokeshire Science & Technology Park 15 12 Parc Aberporth 13 Buttington Cross Enterprise Park 14 Parc Cybi Welshpool 13 15 Parc Menai 12 13 16 The Point, Llandudno Junction 17 St Asaph Business Park 18 Hawarden Business Park 1 Celtic Manor Resort Wales 2 Marriott St Pierre Golf 3 Whitchurch Golf Club 12 Ceredigion 4 Southerndown Golf Club 11 5 Royal Porthcawl Golf Club 6 Pyle & Kenfig Golf Club 7 Langland Bay Golf Club 8 Machynys Peninsula Golf & Country Club 9 Ashburnham Golf Club Pembrokeshire 11 9 Llanelli 10 Tenby Golf Club 10 8 10 9 8 11 Newport Links Golf Club Swansea 7 Port Talbot 2 12 Llanymynech Golf Club 2 1 1 7 2 Newport 13 Aberdovey Golf Club 6 Treforest 6 5 3 3 14 Nefyn & District Golf Club 4 Cardiff 4 15 Royal St David’s Golf Club 5 Barry 16 Holyhead Golf Course 17 Conwy Golf Club 18 Vale of Llangollen Golf Club 7
  • Wales. Where golf buddies up with good business. on course … Wales 1 Business Park Celtic Springs Cardiff Gate International Wales 1 is a high quality business Business Park Business Park park located at the gateway to Celtic Springs Business Park sits Cardiff Gate International Business South Wales just off Junction 23A within a 45-acre landscaped Park is widely regarded as South of the M4 corridor between Cardiff environment next to Junction 28 Wales’ premier business park. and Bristol. Covering 17 acres, it’s of the M4. As well as occupants Ideal for prestigious business one of the first business parks in such as Integra, HM Prison Service headquarters, call centre and Wales designed to have a lower and EADS Defence and Security research and development carbon footprint and lower energy Systems, Celtic Springs has two operations, the 100-acre site costs. The high quality architecture hotels, a pub/restaurant, day is prominently situated at the is completely thought out to meet nursery, conference facilities and gateway to the capital on the needs of modern businesses. fitness centre. Junction 30 of the M4 and is home The Master Plan comprises to over 80 businesses. A total of 265,000 sq ft of high quality office, 500,000 sq ft is now occupied with retail and hotel accommodation blue chip firms including Scottish with Regus, Monmouthshire & Southern Energy, The Number County Council and Hampton 118, Castleoak, Coca Cola and by Hilton Hotel already signed up Royal College of Nursing. Work is as occupiers. well underway on the next phase of development – Lime Tree Court. When complete, the 82,880 sq ft scheme will comprise of six detached three-storey buildings. The first phase will be available for occupation in December 2010. 8
  • … for brilliant business The Celtic Manor Marriott St Pierre Golf Whitchurch Golf Club Resort (Newport) (Newport) (Cardiff) 595 yards, par 5. 574 yards, par 5. 433 yards, par 4. (Twenty Ten Course) (Old Course) A classic finishing hole that Long and narrower than some One of the best and most will be demonstrated to its but a gentle start to our round. difficult par 4s in the Cardiff tantalising, devilish length when The wonderfully stately trees area. It tests you every step of Europe face the US at The 2010 for which St Pierre is justly the way. Ryder Cup. Long and slightly, famous line the left of the hole not noticeably, downhill. Two and the latter half of the right bunkers at the turning point in and lift the spirits. Avoid them the fairway force you to play to and the battle is half over. the right, the safer but longer route to the green. But if you go too far to the right you will discover mounds. There are ponds in front of the raised green and as if all that were not enough the green has bunkers to the left and to the right. A steep bank rises to the left of this fairway and it will be from this wonderful vantage point that the hole will be best enjoyed at the Ryder Cup. 9
  • Wales. Where golf buddies up with good business. do business in a place … St Athan Aerospace Business Park Even for Wales, St Athan is an incredibly special site. Close to Cardiff International Airport, it has been an aerospace hub for over 50 years. Following a £6.5 million resurfacing in 2009, the 1,825 m (6,000 ft) runway with Cat 1 ILS is rated ‘one of the best in the UK’. St Athan is home to Europe’s newest MRO facility for commercial and military rotary Roath Basin Treforest Industrial Estate and fixed wing aircraft, and there is 35,900 sq yds (30,000 sq m) of Roath Basin in Cardiff Bay will Treforest has 50 years’ standing as hangarage, workshop and office be one of the most significant a quality business location with an space available now. Planning waterfront developments in the established infrastructure, located permission has been granted for UK. More than 1 million sq ft of 3 miles north of Junction 32 of high quality new and replacement commercial development space will the M4. Treforest has a wide hangarage up to 140,000 sq yds be created for media and creative range of properties including self- (117,000 sq m) to be built over businesses and will be the home contained offices, light industrial the next 20 years. of the new BBC drama village manufacturing units, warehouses, comprising of 15,800 sq ft of studio logistics and workshop units. There St Athan is the preferred location and HQ facility. There will also be are also banks, a post office, shop, for the UK MoD Tri-Service 200,000 sq ft of leisure and retail crêche, petrol filling stations, Technical College and could see space and over 1,000 new homes. 2 public houses and conference/ £12 billion of investment from training facilities on site. the UK government over 30 years. The architectural quality of the site This site would become the home will be matched by the breathtaking of the majority of UK military beauty of the outlook – almost two technical training. miles of uninterrupted waterfront, much of which looks across Cardiff Bay lake towards the Wales Millennium Centre and the Welsh Assembly Government debating chamber. 10
  • … that’s well above par Southerndown Golf Royal Porthcawl Golf Pyle & Kenfig Golf Club Club (Ogmore-by-Sea) Club (Porthcawl) (Kenfig) 168 yards, par 3. 122 yards, par 3. 509 yards, par 5. Call me perverse but for all the A hole that demonstrates that One of the gems on the talk about length when you short and difficult are not homeward nine holes and the play Southerndown in a wind, incompatible. The same length only par 5. There is nothing to the hole I like is the short 10th. as the Postage Stamp at Royal this hole, which bends slightly Harold Gould, a former pro at Troon and the 7th at Pebble from right to left, so long as you the club, used to say: “never Beach. Exquisitely bunkered and can hit your drive a long way give a putt on the 10th green.” wonderfully shaped, this hole and with a little draw for a right There you have it. is only a flick on a calm day but hander and then make sure much more difficult than might you clear the two cross fairway appear because of the shape of bunkers sixty yards in front of the green and its bunkers. the green with your second. 11
  • Wales. Where golf buddies up with good business. in Wales good business … Baglan Energy Park SA1 Swansea Waterfront Llanelli Gate Business Park Baglan Energy Park is emerging as SA1 is recognised as a best Llanelli Gate is a rapidly expanding one of Wales’ best business and practice benchmark for waterfront business location with a local industrial locations. regeneration across Europe – and it source of widely skilled personnel has become a sought after location with an industrial culture. Situated at Junction 41 of the M4, to live, work and visit. This former Situated on the North Eastern the park is the first stage of the docklands area is now a vital part of periphery of Llanelli town centre, regeneration of Baglan Bay, Swansea, linked via footbridges to the business park is within easy which will eventually total some the city centre. reach of Junction 48 of the M4. 1,500 acres. Properties are built to a high SA1 is an imaginative mix of standard comprising of detached The site has won awards for land uses and urban design that or semi detached buildings set effective urban regeneration and accommodates a balance of in landscaped grounds with car is attracting tenants from all over business, residential and leisure parking and loading areas. the world. The park includes a facilities. Hydrogen Research Centre, in which the University of Glamorgan The business accommodation is exploring the potential use of includes high quality office hydrogen fuels. There is also a self- developments ideal for SMEs, contained meeting facility in the particularly in the knowledge-based Solar Centre and General Electric’s sectors. And at the heart of the combined-cycle gas turbine power commercial quarter, two Technium plant provides competitively priced innovation centres provide electricity to businesses at the park. incubation space for young, fast- growing technology businesses. 12
  • … goes with a swing Langland Bay Golf Club Ashburnham Golf Club Machynys Peninsula (Swansea) (Burry Port) Golf & Country Club 343 yards, par 4. 556 yards, par 5. (Llanelli) 451 yards, par 4. Named Braid’s Choice, so A good risk and reward hole. My reasons for choosing the old course architect gets It is long and could rightly be this hole are simple and another mention. The hole is described as a safe par 5 if you vainglorious. The last time I something of a dogleg that runs choose to play it carefully. But played it I nearly holed for along the side of Caswell Bay if you get a good tee shot away a birdie. Like so many of my from a tee near the beach to a and then take the brave line to favourite holes, I find it suits green overlooking the sea. The get on to the green it is possible the eye. The drive across a views are stunning – keep your to be putting for an eagle. The pond behind the clubhouse is eye on the hole. long, thin green has an air of rewarding because when you mystery about it. drive well over water it seems more satisfying than a drive over land because of the degree of danger involved. 13
  • Wales. Where golf buddies up with good business. some of europe’s best property and business support … Pembrokeshire Science & Technology Park Pembrokeshire Science & Technology Park is an attractive location for small businesses, with a pool of skilled and enthusiastic talent in the catchment area. The park includes a Technium innovation centre which supports the growth of emerging technology businesses, and there are 13 independent workshop units suitable for companies Llanelli Waterside ParcAberporth requiring industrial/business space close to the Technium facility. Llanelli Waterside is transforming ParcAberporth is Europe’s only the region’s waterfront into a dedicated test and development thriving new business, leisure and site for Unmanned Aerial residential community. North Vehicles. It’s an exceptional and Dock is the heart of it, with unique environment in the UK significant waterfront development for Unmanned Aerial Systems opportunities for commercial businesses to test and develop usage. As part of this is Dragon 24, their products, because it includes a joint venture between the Welsh Europe’s only civil licensed airport Assembly Government and RO enabled for routine UAS operations, Developments offering high quality dedicated over-sea and over-land office accommodation ranging civil and military fly zones, and a from 95 sq m to 663 sq m. UAS operations centre. ParcAberporth is home to Thales’s Watchkeeper programme, and accommodates all the requirements of the programme – from the development and manufacture to the initial support of over 50 tactical unmanned air vehicles. 14
  • … because major players need good partners Tenby Golf Club Llanymynech Golf Club Newport Links Golf (Pembrokeshire) (Powys) Club (Pembrokeshire) 390 yards, par 4. 339 yards, par 4. 190 yards, par 3. One of the favourite holes of How can you not like a hole Played across dunes to a sliver Dai Rees the great Welsh golfer that starts in one country and of a green set slightly at an and named after him. It is one ends in another. Fifteen holes angle and defended by dunes of my favourites, too. I like here are in Wales, three in to the left. It is some test if the it because it’s tricky… I once England and its boundary is part wind is straight into you – I’ve saw a golfer chart the course of Offa’s Dyke. Plenty of views used everything from a 5 wood of his putt exquisitely on this here from what was a hill fort in to a 7 iron on this hole. hole. He aimed for Anglesey Roman times. Try dropping that in the knowledge that his ball casually into the conversation would curl round and end near at the 19th. Birmingham. 15
  • Wales. Where golf buddies up with good business. a place where you can play … Buttington Cross Parc Cybi Parc Menai Business Park Enterprise Park Parc Cybi is a well connected Parc Menai is a prestigious business Buttington Cross Enterprise Park is business base: it’s next to park set in 75 acres (30 hectares) one of the largest business parks in Junction 2 of the A55 North of mature parkland, very close to Mid Wales with nearly 300,000 sq Wales Expressway linked to the UK Junction 9 of the A55 North Wales ft of high quality industrial units. motorway network, and 1.6 km Expressway. It’s close to the automotive and (1 mile) from the Port of Holyhead engineering cluster in England’s which links to Ireland. There is also The Park includes Technium CAST West Midlands, and is already the high speed fibre-optic broadband. (Centre for Advanced Software European base for international The site has planning permission Technologies), which supports engineering and manufacturing for mixed employment uses, so it’s young companies exploiting companies such as Cobra UK, flexible too. the commercial potential of WIPAK and SPX Contech. visualisation and communication technologies. Technium CAST combines high quality accommodation and links with Bangor University’s highly ranked School of Computer Science, which offers great opportunities for knowledge transfer – especially in business systems, e-learning and bilingual technology. 16
  • … to win Aberdovey Golf Club Royal St. David’s Golf Nefyn & District Golf (Gwynedd) Club (Gwynedd) Club (Gwynedd) 405 yards, par 4. (Old Course) 432 yards, par 4. 190 yards, par 3. I do not share all the This is links golf at its best, The drive is intimidating, across enthusiasm for Aberdovey of a hole that looks difficult, is an inlet, but rewarding when Bernard Darwin, The Times’s difficult and looks as though you reach land the other side. greatest golf writer and a it has been there for years. As Beware a fairway coming the predecessor of mine. That you approach the green, look at other way, though. The second would not be possible because the natural way the dunes rise shot is inspiring because it is hit Darwin described it as the on either side of you. This hole to a green cradled by lichen- course his soul “loves best of all could have been a prototype covered rocks with the sea the courses in the world.” To me of many holes built on the so- beyond. Pause before you putt Aberdovey is merely wonderful called stadium courses around and look around. What you see and of its 18 holes I find the the world. is stunning. 17th to be a real handful. Imagine teeing off when a stiff wind is blowing from the right, the opponent to whom you do not want to lose is one up and has just hit his ball into in the middle of the fairway, and you suspect that any moment you will hear the whistle of an oncoming train on the railway line that runs to your left. Little more need be said. 17
  • Wales. Where golf buddies up with good business. great connections … St Asaph Business Park St Asaph Business Park is a prestigious business park on the outskirts of St Asaph, Denbighshire, at Junction 26 The Point, Hawarden Business Park of the A55. The park includes Llandudno Junction Hawarden Business Park is adjacent Technium OpTIC (Optoelectronics to Hawarden Airport, in which The Point has been purpose- Technology & Incubation Centre), designed to accommodate smaller, Airbus has invested billions of which supports young companies high quality office buildings within pounds, and the area has become a who are developing optical and its 1.74 hectares (4.3 acres). Close major aerospace cluster employing electronic technologies. around 10,000 people. Raytheon, to Junction 19 of the A55, its Technium OpTIC consists of three elevated position provides dramatic BAe Systems, Hawker Beechcraft views over the Conwy Valley and and Alcontrol are also nearby, centres: an incubation centre of 24 units, a technology centre Snowdonia. Also on the site, a new as are call centres, mainstream with 1,900 sq m of laboratory Welsh Assembly Government office manufacturing, bio-pharma, food building will house around 525 processing and logistics firms. The and clean room space, and a business centre providing facilities people including tourism, transport park is six miles west of Chester and enterprise employees. and offers rapid access to the UK for conferences, exhibitions and motorway network. seminars. The building also features a Photovoltaic Wall to provide electricity for the facility, and is the largest Copper Indium Diselenide (CIS) photovoltaic wall in Europe and the first of its kind in the UK. 18
  • … are just a short drive Holyhead Golf Course Conwy Golf Club Vale of Llangollen Golf (Anglesey) (Conwy) Club (Llangollen) 180 yards, par 3. 503 yards, par 5. 439 yards, par 4. The name of James Braid, who A good par 5 where you have The river Dee runs along the designed the course in 1912, to be straight from the tee right of the hole, giving it left will occur again and again, because of four bunkers that either. Imagine trying to land much as rocky outcrops do on lurk around the landing area your ball on a policeman’s this course. I like Braid’s courses and a green that is, oddly and helmet. If you play too safely, because the holes seem to have distinctively, without a single you might have a long putt to been placed naturally in the bunker around it. Just as all the flagstick, overhit the putt landscape. This hole has echoes good par 4s do not have to be and you could be down the of a favourite of mine, the 12th 450 yards so all good par 5s do back of the green. at Royal Birkdale. Go when the not have to be well over 500 gorse is in bloom. yards. 19
  • Ready to get started? Get in contact and take your first steps towards a winning base in Wales. Welsh Assembly Government, Plas Glyndwr, ˆ Kingsway, Cardiff, CF10 3AH, Wales, UK Tel: +44 (0)1443 845500 ibwales@wales.gsi.gov.uk www.ibwales.com www.businessgolfwales.com G/MH/3761/08-10 / August / CMK-22-03-252 ISBN 978 0 7504 5648 7 Typeset in 12pt / © Crown copyright 2010