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    • Wales. Business opportunity
    • Wales. Business opportunity Our vision is of a Welsh economy built upon the strengths and skills of its people and natural environment, recognised at home and abroad as confident, creative and ambitious; a great place to live and work. Senedd, National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff Bay
    • contents 2 Welcome to Wales 4 Why Wales? 6 Keeping good company 8 Academic collaboration Key sectors: 10 Advanced Materials and Manufacturing 11 Creative Industries 12 Energy and Environment 13 Financial and Professional Services 14 Information and Communications Technologies 15 Life Sciences Support: 16 Your partner for growth 17 Property 18 Access to funding and international trading 19 A balanced lifestyle 1
    • Wales. Business opportunity New York welcome to Wales Wales is a very distinctive country. We’ve got a way of making things happen in We’re constantly working to create the right Wales. For example, when we set out to be environment for business - to equip the the host nation for The 2010 Ryder Cup, we private sector in Wales with the tools were up against England, Sweden and even to compete as a high-value player in the Scotland, the home of golf. global economy. But, we clinched it. Why? In Wales, our The Welsh economy is built upon the facilities, resources, skills and enthusiasm are strengths and skills of our people and natural well above par. And we’re always ready to go environments, we’re a confident, creative the extra mile – just so your business can play and ambitious nation; a great place to live to win in Wales. and work. You can be part of a thriving knowledge For years, our government has invested economy, linked to key UK business hubs with millions in making our cities and regions a first class transport infrastructure, but pay excellent bases for companies in all kinds of less for some of the best property around. sectors. And we’re incredibly proud of our You get access to industry-focused R&D in our country – and more than anything we want universities and a skilled, loyal workforce too. new people to come and share some of the great things going on here. Our rich and varied culture and stunning environment not only make Wales the perfect place to grow your business but also to enjoy “We looked at various locations around an enviable lifestyle. the UK and there were grants and incentives available in all of them. In the last 40 years, over 700 international However, people are by far the biggest companies have located to Wales, creating factor in our business and we found a rich impressive supply chains across key vein of talented people in Cardiff, and city- industrial sectors. centre accommodation close to transport so we could access those people. Wales ticked We look forward to welcoming you too. all the boxes for us.” Adrian Clark; site director for Legal & General at Cardiff which is now the largest office in the group with 2,200 staff. 2
    • Location map: overseas offices Dublin London WALES Beijing Tokyo Shanghai Dubai Mumbai Bangalore Sydney Airport Container port Easy access within Europe Cardiff Airport Direct Flights to Amsterdam, Paris, Berlin Bristol Airport (1hr from Cardiff) Direct flights to New York, Brussels, Edinburgh Frankfurt, Canada Heathrow and Gatwick 2hrs from Cardiff Cardiff Container Port Liverpool Holyhead John Lennon Access to Ireland and Mediterranean ports, Dublin with nearby Bristol (1hr) and Southampton Manchester Liverpool Container Ports (2.5hrs) Wales Heathrow Milford Haven London Cardiff Bristol Gatwick 3
    • Wales. Business opportunity why Wales? We strive to create the right environment for business, and we’ve been actively helping companies locate and prosper in Wales for decades. Here are just some of the reasons why you could succeed in Wales: 10 Great reasons for Wales 1. Skills: Wales has a long 4. Proximity to UK hubs and 7. Access to funding: we tradition of engineering and European Marketplace: as encourage growth by finding the manufacturing excellence, and well as being a destination in right support for you, in areas such as established capabilities in IT, itself, Wales gives you easy skills development, academic financial and professional services, access to key industry hubs in the collaboration and business expansion. and technologies in sectors UK. With great roads, rail and air ranging from life sciences to entire links to England, Europe and to 8. Industry networks: talk to low carbon economies. All this is the rest of the world. potential business partners, and underpinned by a highly skilled, access a high quality supply chain. loyal and competitive workforce 5. Communications and driven forward by research infrastructure: our broadband 9. Ongoing support: targeted and thousands of graduates from infrastructure includes a fibre- business support for key sectors Wales’ leading universities. based open access network in including: advanced materials and North Wales, and the Welsh manufacturing; creative industries; 2. Industry-led academic Assembly Government has financial and professional services; research: Welsh universities and committed to rolling out a next energy and environment; ICT and companies are pioneering generation broadband to all life sciences. tomorrow’s technology through businesses by 2016 and all extensive collaboration. homes by 2020, offering at least 10. Exceptional quality of life: 100Mbps in urban areas and stunning landscapes and beautiful 3. Pro-business Government: 30Mbps to rural locations. beaches, cultural and sports we’ll make sure policy and facilities including the Millennium strategy makers in the Welsh 6. Property: competitively priced Stadium (hosting international Assembly Government listen commercial and industrial property, rugby matches and FA Cup finals). to you. with lower domestic property prices than much of the UK. 4
    • Atraverda - Advanced bi-polar batteries 5
    • Wales. Business opportunity keeping good company Your business will be in the very best of company in Wales – some of the key universities and organisations profiting from your presence in Wales. 1 8 15 2 9 16 3 10 17 4 11 18 5 12 19 6 13 20 7 14 6
    • Holyhead Llandudno Halewood LLANDUDNO St Asaph 20 Ellesmere Port 13 A55 15 Conwy Flint 15 Deeside Manchester Deeside 18 19 9 6 2 Broughton Llanberis 17 Ruthin 10 Universities Wrexham 7 Wrexham 20 16 4 A Aberystwyth University Sunderland B Bangor University C Cardiff University D Glyndwr University ^ Welshpool E Swansea Metropolitan University 4 5 Welshpool 20 F Swansea University Mid Wales Airport Aberystwyth G University of Glamorgan Derby Gaydon H University of Wales Institute Cardiff I University of Wales Newport M50 Tredegar Ebbw Vale 17 6 Resolven PembrokePembrey Airport Llanelli 11 21Abertillery Pontypool 2 6 Rhymney Valley 3 14 22 Crumlin Blackwood 10 Cwmbran SWANSEA SWANSEA 13 1 14 16 6 Nantgarw 9Cwmbran 1 M4 M5 Swansea Airport Pontyclun 7 Newport 12 Newport Oxford 8 Bridgend Bridgend 8 5 18 13 1 12 13 1 6 M4 London Swindon 13 CARDIFF 19 11 14 3 London Cardiff Airport CARDIFF Cardiff Airport 7
    • Wales. Business opportunity The Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences at Aberystwyth University is developing new commercially viable processes to make ethanol Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences from perennial ryegrass in a £1 million project with eight industrial partners. (The University has also won £4.9 million from BBSRC to develop improved oat varieties). 8
    • academic collaboration In Wales you’ll find specialist organisations with industry-leading facilities, and partners who are taking the science forward with innovative techniques. Wales’ academic institutions are And we’re always looking for A £40million super computer commercially focused, and research ways to bring academic skills and project has been launched that driven. Perfectly placed to work with industrial needs closer together. will give business and universities businesses, our universities and Our approach includes working in Wales access to the most colleges provide access to the with academia to build capacity advanced computing technology facilities, skills and research expertise and support the needs of currently available. High that are so crucial to innovating and businesses in the key sectors. Performance Computing (HPC) making technologies a commercial With the provision of specialist Wales will provide computers that success. And through targeted facilities, including incubation can analyse massive amounts of support programmes, the Welsh centres we will continue to provide data at a high speed. The main Assembly Government is ensuring the environment to accelerate the computer hubs will be in Cardiff that businesses remain at the growth of technology and and Swansea universities with links forefront of technology and knowledge-based businesses. to others and Technium business manufacturing development. innovation centres around Wales. More than 100 collaborative projects between the universities and industry in Wales have been identified that will benefit from HPC technology. Simulation and Modelling The internationally renowned School of Engineering at Swansea University contributed to the aerodynamics technology in the current World Land Speed Record car, Thrust SSC. It’s now working on the BLOODHOUND SCC vehicle, which aims to inspire science, engineering, technology and maths students to achieve the seemingly impossible – a 1,000mph land speed record vehicle. www.bloodhound.scc.com 9
    • Wales. Business opportunity Here’s some examples of collaboration across the key sectors: The Low Carbon Research Institute (LCRI) has £40 million funding so far to conduct a full range of energy research in Wales, with a vision for a low carbon future. The Institute of Energy at Cardiff University is working in low carbon heat and electricity generation, and exploring ways of integrating renewable energy sources (including microgeneration) into the UK National Grid. The ongoing project takes in the information exchange between the supply and demand side, smart meters and how they can facilitate demand-side developments in composites. They are presently response, and ICT infrastructure. working in collaboration with Airbus, who are characterising the performance of composite The Centre for Solar Energy Research is a materials for primary aircraft structures. joint venture between Glyndwr University and Technium ^ OpTic, funded to enable businesses to research industrial The Non-destructive Testing Validation Centre processes for PV manufacture, among other areas. in Port Talbot, managed by TWI, assesses NDT methods to improve the accuracy of inspection Cardiff University’s Wound Healing Research Unit techniques and flow detection. (WHRU) is the world’s second largest specialist wound healing centre. It works with commercial The University of Wales, Swansea’s new £28 million partners such as Smith & Nephew, Johnson & Institute of Advanced Telecommunications Johnson and KCI on novel therapies and wound connects business to its communications and diagnostic technologies. software research. The Materials Research Centre at the School The Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural of Engineering Swansea University is home to the Industries, at University of Glamorgan has been Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre. Rolls-Royce successful in winning over £1 million worth of and the EPSRC have funded the centre for £54 million competitive Academia for Business (A4B) awards for research into structural materials and training. The for Medialab, the centre for digital media innovation Centre is also involved in the European Space Agency, and enterprise. where they are a key member of the IMPRESS project, researching novel intermetallic materials. Cardiff University collaborates with Legal & General to run a specialist medical underwriting The Welsh Composite Centre also at Swansea academy, which has already trained over 100 of University drives the uptake of new composites the firm’s underwriters. technology that helps companies adapt new 10
    • Solar Centre at Baglan Energy Park The Institute of Life Science (ILS) at Swansea University is a £52 million collaboration between IBM and the Welsh Assembly Government. The Institute houses Boots Centre for Innovation (BCI) which provides a point of contact for new ideas in healthcare and medical research and provides researchers with access to ‘Blue C’ – one of the fastest computers in the world dedicated to life sciences research. At Baglan Energy Park we’ve invested over £2 million in the UK’s first renewable hydrogen production and demonstration centre to take hydrogen and other alternative fuel technologies to market. 11
    • Wales. Business opportunity key sectors: Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Cytec Engineered Materials produces high-performance, composites and specialty materials for Boeing, Airbus, as well as other aircraft manufacturers. The company has applied the same technology to the high performance end of the automotive industry. Manufacturing is one of our and a completely refurbished the UK’s first low carbon highway, longest-established sectors, runway – it’s also a proposed site where drivers can fill up vehicles with and today our companies and for the MoD’s Defence Training hydrogen, compressed natural gas universities are developing Academy. Our automotive sector and bio-methane, as well as recharge advanced materials for a range employs over 20,000 people electric vehicles at plug-in points. of sectors including aerospace, and has an annual turnover of automotive and electronics, £2 billion. Wales is close to the Global electronics brands are also and the complex manufacturing UK’s core automotive centres, tapping into our skills and resources. processes for their applications. and 35 of the top 100 global Sony, Panasonic and International automotive suppliers are based Rectifier are just three of the 300-plus Some of the world’s biggest here, including Ford and Toyota. larger electronic companies operating aerospace and defence companies Our 170 automotive companies in Wales. have bases in Wales, including manufacture engines and General Dynamics, EADS DS, BAE components for brands leading the A skilled workforce is any company’s Systems and British Airways. Wales world in advanced powertrains. most important asset and with undertakes 35 per cent of the thousands of people in Wales already UK’s MRO activity at some of the We have particular expertise working in manufacturing and world’s most advanced facilities. in alternative fuels hydrogen advanced materials – not to mention The Airbus UK wing manufacture research and technology, and we’re 2,000+ engineering graduates every centre is the biggest manufacturing pioneering low carbon powertrains. year from Welsh universities - there is operation in the UK. St Athan has The M4 motorway corridor, leading a wealth of talent upon which to draw. exceptional airside hangarage into South Wales, is set to be 12
    • Creative Industries image courtesy of Universal Whilst many locations in Wales are hidden gems waiting to be discovered by film makers, the country has hosted many large- scale productions over recent years including feature films such as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Robin Hood, Ironclad, Clash of the Titans, and many more. Coupled with this, Wales is booming as a centre for TV drama with the success of such series as Doctor Who, Torchwood, Merlin and Gavin and Stacey, all attracting huge viewing figures in the UK and overseas. The UK has the largest creative Hargreaves Review, by car or train from London sector in the EU with 2 million which aims to make creative and Cardiff Airport connects people in creative jobs. It now businesses more competitive you to continental Europe and makes up 7.3 per cent of the nationally and globally. international destinations. economy and is growing at 5 per cent per year (almost twice the Our key resources include locations On behalf of the Welsh Assembly general rate of the economy). for film and television productions. Government, Creative Business Wales has a stunning variety Wales provides focused, In Wales, the audio-visual and of natural landscape locations sophisticated support to the growth creative and cultural industries ranging from craggy mountain of Wales-based creative businesses. employ around 24,000 people peaks and cascading waterfalls and contribute an estimated £750 to wild moorlands, picturesque Part of this is the Wales Screen million to the Welsh economy. coastline and historic castles in Commission, which offers BBC Wales, Tinopolis and Welsh approximately 8,000 square miles. comprehensive information and language channel S4C are amongst Wales’ locations are so versatile support on locations, facilities, the largest employers in the that they have doubled for China, crew and local services throughout creative industries sector in Wales. Korea, the deserts of Arabia, and Wales. They are strategically linked even other planets. to all the key stakeholders including The Welsh Assembly Government is Finance Wales which administers making Wales a better environment And it’s so accessible - our capital the Wales Creative IP Fund. for business following the 2010 city, Cardiff, is only two hours 13
    • Wales. Business opportunity Energy and Environment Merthyr Tydfil “Wales is leading the way in tackling climate change and we Llanelli Neath will continue to be a flagship for Swansea what we hope will be the start 1 Pontypridd 2 Port Newport of a major move away from the Talbot use of fossil fuels for transport Bridgend and in buildings.” CARDIFF Bristol Jane Davidson Welsh Assembly Barry Government, Minister for Existing hydrogen production facilities the Environment 1 Renewable H2 Demonstration Centre with existing multi re-fuelling facility 2 University of Glamorgan mobile multi re-fuelling facility (2010) Possible sites for mobile multi fuel facility Welsh Assembly Government highways depots Proposed EV facility (rapid charge) Wales has one of the UK’s Our groundbreaking research into in green skills every year, and our best-established sustainable hydrogen technologies has won universities produce graduates technologies sectors, worth £3.2 South Wales designation as the UK’s in disciplines such as low carbon billion and employing over 40,000 Low Carbon Economic Area (LCEA) technologies, renewable energy, people, covering areas as diverse for alternative transport fuels. marine sciences, environmental as sustainable building, renewable science and the built environment. energy, recovery and recycling, and As a country we’re committed to environmental services. becoming a low carbon economy In Wales, policy strategy, investment, and we’ve set ourselves targets, research and business go hand- Global players are already taking well beyond the UK and EU’s, to get in-hand. With more investment advantage of the abounding there. We’re also making substantial and commercial opportunities natural and intellectual resources in investments to help deliver and (potentially £50 billion for large Wales, such as npower renewables, implement technology such as renewables and other low-carbon E.On, EDF, Prenergy, Western £30 million in retrofitting energy electricity projects over the next 10- Energy, UPM and AMEC. efficiency measures in buildings. 15 years), there’s good reason to be in Wales. Welsh coal powered the industrial We’re also equipping more of revolution, but today we’re taking our people to work in sustainable a leading role in low carbon and technologies: the new British sustainable energy such as wind, Gas Training Centre in Tredegar tide, hydro-electric and biomass. will train over a thousand people 14
    • Financial and Professional Services “Admiral is going from strength to strength as our recruitment figures show. Our customer base continues to grow so we need the right people to help meet the demand.” Ceri Assiratti, People Services Manager, Admiral Group who employ over 3,000 people in Cardiff, Swansea and Newport and includes the well known services, confused.com and elephant.co.uk Wales is just two hours’ drive that are tailor-made for careers in established business service from Europe’s leading financial business and financial services. operations in Wales, and price powerhouse in London. It’s comparison businesses including a very cost-competitive base This is one of the UK’s fastest confused.com. gocompare.com that’s equipped with super-fast growing locations for financial and moneysupermarket.com are broadband infrastructure, and services, and, according to new also based here. there are big opportunities for research, the preferred location for growth in areas such as insurance, contact and shared service centres The financial services sector asset management, funds in the UK. In Wales, home-grown currently employs more than management and pensions as the businesses compete alongside 32,000 people across 1,800 UK banking industry is restructured. major financial services firms such companies in Wales, and as Zurich, GE, GMAC, HBOS, Lloyds professional services over 150 One of our greatest strengths is TSB, HSBC and Legal & General, companies covering retail, utilities, our human resources, and there’s whose largest UK office is in Cardiff. ICT support and financial services a wealth of skilled, enthusiastic to motoring services, taxation and and loyal people especially We have a growing reputation legal services. around the financial and business for strengths in outsourced hubs of Cardiff, Newport and HR, legal and other corporate Swansea. Our 10 universities services. Tesco, the AA, British produce around 5,000 graduates Gas, Companies House and the in business and ICT disciplines Office of National Statistics have 15
    • Wales. Business opportunity Information and Communications Technologies “Two key factors made the difference – access to skills and the approach of the Welsh Assembly Government. The ability to draw on high calibre university graduates has been a significant contributor to our growth.” Mike Greenway OBE; Senior Commercial Consultant, EADS Defence and Security. Since establishing a base in Wales in 2002 the company has tripled in size and become a worldwide Centre of Excellence for secure communications technology. In addition to being an important We know that technology business motorway is a physical highway that industry sector, the application depends on infrastructure – runs from London to West Wales, of ICT drives productivity and which is why the Welsh Assembly with countless technology players competitiveness across the Government has recently right the way along it, for example in whole economy. Increased trade committed to rolling out the UK’s Reading, Bracknell, Swindon and of and globalisation is enabled by first, all region, next generation course Cardiff, from where London ICT, creating a flatter world with network which will offer, as a is just two hours away. more competition and more minimum to businesses by 2016 opportunities for Welsh businesses. and homes by 2020, a synchronous This kind of connectivity makes 100mbs service in urban areas and Wales a perfect base for tapping into The ICT sector in Wales spans 30mbs to rural locations. This is in Europe’s £400 billion ICT economy. electronics, software and addition to previous investments services with a healthy mix of such as the £30 million open large multinationals and home- access fibre network in North grown businesses. With over Wales and BT’s own investment 1200 operations – among them in super fast broadband across Fujitsu Services, BT, Mitel, Logica, the country. EADS DS, SAIC, and IBM – employing over 33,000 people and There’s another kind of connection contributing around £1 billion to that’s also behind the success the Welsh economy. of this sector in Wales. The M4 16
    • Life Sciences “What’s happening here in Wales is comparable to many biotech hubs around the world, with a concentration of expertise and R&D excellence.” Dr. Stephen Minger, Head of Research and Development for Cell Technologies at GE Healthcare, Cardiff, home to the Company’s international centre for groundbreaking work in stem cell technologies. Wales is competing on the GE Healthcare in Cardiff is home to Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics global stage in life sciences. the company’s international centre Products Ltd relocated the majority Our companies and world- for groundbreaking work in stem of its manufacturing and distribution leading university departments cell technologies and BTG, the UK’s operations from Los Angeles to are driving research to create biggest biotechnology group, is their Llanberis, North Wales site. new technologies in this based in mid-west Wales. Wales constantly evolving sector. also has the UK’s largest cluster Ortho Clinical Diagnostics is of in-vitro diagnostic companies, drawing on a rich mixture of Companies based here include and other leading companies in scientists, engineers and quality some leading players in our Wales include Albany Molecular and regulatory personnel in South specialist areas such as: medical Research, Inc. (AMRI), Quay Wales and from the M4 corridor. technology (Biomet UK, Pharma and Quotient Bioresearch. Huntleigh and Gyrus ACMI, an Biomet, global leader in the Olympus company); diagnostics These are just some of the 330 orthopaedics market, have their (Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, life sciences companies here largest European subsidiary Gen-Probe and OrthoClinical that employ over 15,000 people and UK headquarters in Diagnostics); wound healing and contribute more than £1.3 Bridgend, South Wales. (ConvaTec, ZooBiotic and billion to the Welsh economy. Frontier Medical Group); and The sector has grown in Wales by Larval therapy firm ZooBiotic contract research organisations over 19 per cent in the last three was the first spin-out from an (Aptuit, Biotec Services years, and the people working NHS trust in the UK and is now International and Penn Pharma). here are some of the finest the dominant global player. scientific minds in the world. 17
    • Wales. Business opportunity your partner for growth In Wales we know what inward investors need, and “Ford Motor Company are the commercial pressures you face - we’ve been delighted to have worked in helping companies locate here for decades. partnership with the Welsh Assembly Government. The support received has enabled the Company Based on this experience we’ve put you say you need and bring to invest significantly in our together an outstanding package together everything required to Bridgend engine plant and of support, and we’ll give you a make it happen. From people and demonstrates the mutual benefit single, dedicated contact to help property solutions, through to when the public and private sector you build your business here. access to finance and international join forces in Wales.” trading opportunities. We can even The Welsh Assembly Government help with obtaining work permits, Kieran Cahill, Plant Manager, gives you easy access to key finding a home and locating the Ford. The company has been decision-makers in government right schools. successfully manufacturing in and private sector specialists, South Wales for over 30 years. Its to help fast-track your location Long after you decide to locate in Bridgend engine plant – the biggest to Wales. Wales, we will still be here to in Europe – is focused on the Eco support your business. Because Boost range offering a 20 per cent Of course, every business is once you’re here, we’re sure you’ll reduction in emissions. different. So we’ll listen to what want to stay. People and training A skilled workforce is among a you’ll want to stay. That explains company’s most important assets. why staff retention is higher than Fortunately, in Wales we’ve got the UK average into the potential thousands of skilled, loyal staff labour market. in all our core sectors, and our universities supply over 34,000 We want to keep it that way. To help graduates every year. With our things along, the Welsh Assembly track record of academic-industrial Government’s ProAct is a financial collaboration, our graduates are support package to help fund ready to join your company and training needs during the downturn, hit the ground running. Once which with its successor the Skills you’ve worked in Wales, generally Growth Wales, totals £48 million. 18
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    • Wales. Business opportunity Property Wales has an exceptional variety We have several innovation centres You might think all this comes at a of business property – from across Wales. They exist to speed high price. But property in Wales serviced offices and industrial up the growth of knowledge-based is among the lowest priced in the units, to incubator facilities linked businesses through collaboration UK, with Cardiff office space some to academic R&D arms, and even with other companies and 40 per cent less than London. property with runway access or university departments. Individual And our capital city is rated in the dedicated airspace. sites specialise in areas such top 10 best UK cities to locate a as performance engineering, business (source: 2007 Cushman & Baglan Energy Park is a key hub optoelectronics, software computer Wakefield UK Cities Monitor). in Wales’ low carbon future science, sustainable technologies as it’s home to the Hydrogen and electronic devices. Research Centre. SA1 in Swansea “The most important accommodates mixed business We have the most experienced factors behind our decision uses in a regenerated waterfront property team in Europe, and to come to Wales were setting that’s become an EU best they’re dedicated to finding lower operating costs, good practice benchmark. Roath Basin in you your ideal base. You may logistics, the quality of Cardiff Bay is a beautifully designed also be eligible to access free training available and the commercial development that’s accommodation and a specialist skilled workforce right on ideal for media, creative and life support package worth nearly our doorstep.” sciences businesses. £15,000, through Access Wales: www.ibwales.com/accesswales Martin Coysh, Manager Our sites are among the best in Continuous Improvement, Europe: ParcAberporth is Europe’s Another thing we’ve got plenty of British Airways only test and development site in Wales is space, which means we Maintenance Cardiff for unmanned aerial vehicles with can meet your expansion plans (BAMC). dedicated over-sea and over- in the future, for example with land civil and military fly zones; custom-built property solutions The capacity of the site St. Athan has exceptional airside that deliver exactly what you need. will allow BAMC to take on hangarage and a completely further work as new aircrafts refurbished runway – it’s also come on line with BA. a proposed site for the MOD’s Defence Training Academy. Amazon approached us to find a 30-acre (800,000 sq ft) site, and from the initial enquiry we took just 100 days to find the site, secure planning and grant approval and start building. 20
    • Parc Aberporth site – over-sea and over-land fly zone Access to funding International trading Financial support is often a The Welsh Assembly Government Companies across Wales are critical factor for businesses can provide a level of investment exporting to a broad range of on the move. We encourage across sectors including: advanced overseas markets, contributing business growth by identifying materials and manufacturing; some £10.7 billion to UK exports. sources of support and funding creative industries; financial and Part of our support is helping in areas such as skills development, professional services; energy you add to that by accessing academic collaboration and and environment; ICT and life international markets. business expansion. sciences. These investment will be repayable although the terms will With our global network and Businesses in Wales can access vary depending on the purpose contacts we’ll do whatever we commercial finance from a variety and size of the financial package. can to help you - whether it’s of sources. A number of financial Consideration will be given to establishing your presence at a institutions operate in Wales such businesses falling in other sectors trade show, or connecting you to as Finance Wales who provides on a case by case basis, delivered a potential global partner that’s commercial finance through loans, swiftly and responsively. looking for your kind of business. venture capital packages and introductions to investors through their xénos Business Angel Network. 21
    • Wales. Business opportunity a balanced lifestyle Once you’re satisfied that Wales meets all your business objectives, consider what it offers your lifestyle. Throughout the country there are stunning There are nearly 180 golf courses across landscapes and breathtaking coastal views, Wales, including The Celtic Manor Resort – all within minutes of the major towns and cities. host of The 2010 Ryder Cup. The country boasts sports and cultural Moreover Wales has more medieval castles facilities that stand comparison with than any location of comparable size in the anything in Europe. This includes the world, along with a host of other historic showpiece Millennium Stadium which has sites, from the Iron Age through hosted an IRB Rugby World Cup final and to the industrial revolution. five FA Cup finals and the awe inspiring Wales Millennium Centre, venue for major All of this makes Wales a place where operas, musicals and other you and your team will want to live, top performances. work and build a profitable business. 22
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    • Wales. Business opportunity “Quite apart from the support network and the workforce, other elements, such as the infrastructure, transport links and even the Welsh landscape make this location a perfect environment for us to do business. As far as I am concerned, there is nowhere else the company should be.” John Smith General Manager, Corporate Office, Calsonic Kansei. 24
    • For more information contact: Welsh Assembly Government, Plas Glyndwr, Kingsway, Cardiff, CF10 3AH, Wales, UK Email: ibwales@wales.gsi.gov.uk Web: www.ibwales.com Tel: +44(0)1443 845500 WAG 10-03359/23-08-2010/CMK-22-03-253 ISBN No. 978 0 7504 5654 8 Typeset in 12pt / © Crown copyright 2010