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  1. 1. 2 Wales. Where golf buddies up with good business.
  2. 2. 3 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. 3. 4 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. 4. 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 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. The Welsh economy is built upon the strengths and skills of its people and natural environment; we’re a confident, creative and ambitious nation; a great place to live and work. Here are some of the reasons why you could succeed in Wales: • A skilled and loyal workforce with low attrition rates. • A network of university departments ready to collaborate on R&D with you. • A commitment from the Welsh Assembly Government to continually invest in high quality and sustainable infrastructure. • Targeted business support and access to funding for priority sectors including advanced materials & manufacturing, creative industries, energy & environment, financial & professional services, ICT and life sciences. • Established supply chain networks. • Easy access to UK and European markets. These simple facts should tell you something about Wales. It’s a special place. We’re driven to succeed. But you won’t find anywhere that’s quite so ready to support future champions – wherever they’re coming from. It’s because we’re team players. Your success benefits all of us. So we’ll be with you all the way.
  5. 5. 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 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 land or property, take a long or short lease, or licence. And you can choose any of these options whether you’re an individual, trustee or company. We offer every business a dedicated property service – from searching our database of available properties across Wales, to advisers who can find the right property for you and even assist in buying and developing brownfield or greenfield land. You might think all this comes at a high price. But property in Wales is among the lowest priced in the UK, with Cardiff office space some 40% less than London (source: AtisReal Sept 2008). Wales gives you flexible, affordable and accessible property – however and wherever you need it. Golf as it should be Wales has a brilliant asset that’s becoming rarer in the UK – open space. Our thousands of acres of green valleys, mountains and miles of coastline are a canvas on which we’ve created some of the most breathtaking and challenging golf courses imaginable. Just as with business sites and property in Wales, there’s a whole lot we can achieve by coupling our natural assets with investment and dedication. So, when The 2010 Ryder Cup comes to The Celtic Manor Resort, the pros will be playing on the first ever purpose-built course. Come and discover the benefits of good business and great leisure.
  6. 6. Wales 1 2 3 4 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 5 6 2 1 Newport 3 4 Cardiff 5 Barry 6 Treforest 7 Port Talbot 14 Anglesey 15 Bangor 16 Llandudno 17 St Asaph 18Hawarden 910 Llanelli 8 Swansea 11 Pembrokeshire 12 Ceredigion 2 1313Welshpool Wales 1 2 3 4 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 5 6 2 1 Newport 3 4 Cardiff 5 Barry 6 Treforest 7 Port Talbot 14 Anglesey 15 Bangor 16 Llandudno 17 St Asaph 18Hawarden 910 Llanelli 8 Swansea 11 Pembrokeshire 12 Ceredigion 2 1313Welshpool UK 7 space to work and play 1 Wales 1 Business Park 2 Celtic Springs Business Park 3 Cardiff Gate International Business Park 4 Roath Basin 5 St Athan Aerospace Business Park 6 Treforest Industrial Estate 7 Baglan Energy Park 8 SA1 Swansea Waterfront 9 Llanelli Gate Business Park 10 Llanelli Waterside 11 Pembrokeshire Science & Technology Park 12 Parc Aberporth 13 Buttington Cross Enterprise Park 14 Parc Cybi 15 Parc Menai 16 The Point, Llandudno Junction 17 St Asaph Business Park 18 Hawarden Business Park 1 Celtic Manor Resort 2 Marriott St Pierre Golf 3 Whitchurch Golf Club 4 Southerndown Golf Club 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 10 Tenby Golf Club 11 Newport Links Golf Club 12 Llanymynech Golf Club 13 Aberdovey Golf Club 14 Nefyn & District Golf Club 15 Royal St David’s Golf Club 16 Holyhead Golf Course 17 Conwy Golf Club 18 Vale of Llangollen Golf Club
  7. 7. 8 Wales. Where golf buddies up with good business. on course … Wales 1 Business Park Wales 1 is a high quality business park located at the gateway to South Wales just off Junction 23A of the M4 corridor between Cardiff and Bristol. Covering 17 acres, it’s one of the first business parks in Wales designed to have a lower carbon footprint and lower energy costs. The high quality architecture is completely thought out to meet the needs of modern businesses. The Master Plan comprises 265,000 sq ft of high quality office, retail and hotel accommodation with Regus, Monmouthshire County Council and Hampton by Hilton Hotel already signed up as occupiers. Celtic Springs Business Park Celtic Springs Business Park sits within a 45-acre landscaped environment next to Junction 28 of the M4. As well as occupants such as Integra, HM Prison Service and EADS Defence and Security Systems, Celtic Springs has two hotels, a pub/restaurant, day nursery, conference facilities and fitness centre. Cardiff Gate International Business Park Cardiff Gate International Business Park is widely regarded as South Wales’ premier business park. Ideal for prestigious business headquarters, call centre and research and development operations, the 100-acre site is prominently situated at the gateway to the capital on Junction 30 of the M4 and is home to over 80 businesses. A total of 500,000 sq ft is now occupied with blue chip firms including Scottish & Southern Energy, The Number 118, Castleoak, Coca Cola and Royal College of Nursing. Work is 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. 8. 9 … for brilliant business Whitchurch Golf Club (Cardiff) 433 yards, par 4. One of the best and most difficult par 4s in the Cardiff area. It tests you every step of the way. Marriott St Pierre Golf (Newport) 574 yards, par 5. (Old Course) Long and narrower than some but a gentle start to our round. The wonderfully stately trees for which St Pierre is justly famous line the left of the hole and the latter half of the right and lift the spirits. Avoid them and the battle is half over. The Celtic Manor Resort (Newport) 595 yards, par 5. (Twenty Ten Course) A classic finishing hole that will be demonstrated to its tantalising, devilish length when Europe face the US at The 2010 Ryder Cup. Long and slightly, not noticeably, downhill. Two bunkers at the turning point in the fairway force you to play to 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. 9. 10 Wales. Where golf buddies up with good business. do business in a place … Treforest Industrial Estate Treforest has 50 years’ standing as a quality business location with an established infrastructure, located 3 miles north of Junction 32 of the M4. Treforest has a wide range of properties including self- contained offices, light industrial manufacturing units, warehouses, logistics and workshop units. There are also banks, a post office, shop, crêche, petrol filling stations, 2 public houses and conference/ training facilities on site. 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 and fixed wing aircraft, and there is 35,900 sq yds (30,000 sq m) of hangarage, workshop and office space available now. Planning permission has been granted for high quality new and replacement hangarage up to 140,000 sq yds (117,000 sq m) to be built over the next 20 years. St Athan is the preferred location for the UK MoD Tri-Service Technical College and could see £12 billion of investment from the UK government over 30 years. This site would become the home of the majority of UK military technical training. Roath Basin Roath Basin in Cardiff Bay will be one of the most significant waterfront developments in the UK. More than 1 million sq ft of commercial development space will be created for media and creative businesses and will be the home of the new BBC drama village comprising of 15,800 sq ft of studio and HQ facility. There will also be 200,000 sq ft of leisure and retail space and over 1,000 new homes. The architectural quality of the site will be matched by the breathtaking beauty of the outlook – almost two 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. 10. 11 … that’s well above par Southerndown Golf Club (Ogmore-by-Sea) 168 yards, par 3. Call me perverse but for all the talk about length when you play Southerndown in a wind, the hole I like is the short 10th. Harold Gould, a former pro at the club, used to say: “never give a putt on the 10th green.” There you have it. Royal Porthcawl Golf Club (Porthcawl) 122 yards, par 3. A hole that demonstrates that short and difficult are not incompatible. The same length as the Postage Stamp at Royal Troon and the 7th at Pebble Beach. Exquisitely bunkered and wonderfully shaped, this hole is only a flick on a calm day but much more difficult than might appear because of the shape of the green and its bunkers. Pyle & Kenfig Golf Club (Kenfig) 509 yards, par 5. One of the gems on the homeward nine holes and the only par 5. There is nothing to this hole, which bends slightly from right to left, so long as you can hit your drive a long way and with a little draw for a right hander and then make sure you clear the two cross fairway bunkers sixty yards in front of the green with your second.
  11. 11. 12 Wales. Where golf buddies up with good business. in Wales good business … Baglan Energy Park Baglan Energy Park is emerging as one of Wales’ best business and industrial locations. Situated at Junction 41 of the M4, the park is the first stage of the regeneration of Baglan Bay, which will eventually total some 1,500 acres. The site has won awards for effective urban regeneration and is attracting tenants from all over the world. The park includes a Hydrogen Research Centre, in which the University of Glamorgan is exploring the potential use of hydrogen fuels. There is also a self- contained meeting facility in the Solar Centre and General Electric’s combined-cycle gas turbine power plant provides competitively priced electricity to businesses at the park. SA1 Swansea Waterfront SA1 is recognised as a best practice benchmark for waterfront regeneration across Europe – and it has become a sought after location to live, work and visit. This former docklands area is now a vital part of Swansea, linked via footbridges to the city centre. SA1 is an imaginative mix of land uses and urban design that accommodates a balance of business, residential and leisure facilities. The business accommodation includes high quality office developments ideal for SMEs, particularly in the knowledge-based sectors. And at the heart of the commercial quarter, two Technium innovation centres provide incubation space for young, fast- growing technology businesses. Llanelli Gate Business Park Llanelli Gate is a rapidly expanding business location with a local source of widely skilled personnel with an industrial culture. Situated on the North Eastern periphery of Llanelli town centre, the business park is within easy reach of Junction 48 of the M4. Properties are built to a high standard comprising of detached or semi detached buildings set in landscaped grounds with car parking and loading areas.
  12. 12. 13 … goes with a swing Ashburnham Golf Club (Burry Port) 556 yards, par 5. A good risk and reward hole. It is long and could rightly be described as a safe par 5 if you choose to play it carefully. But if you get a good tee shot away and then take the brave line to get on to the green it is possible to be putting for an eagle. The long, thin green has an air of mystery about it. Machynys Peninsula Golf & Country Club (Llanelli) 451 yards, par 4. My reasons for choosing this hole are simple and vainglorious. The last time I played it I nearly holed for a birdie. Like so many of my favourite holes, I find it suits the eye. The drive across a pond behind the clubhouse is rewarding because when you drive well over water it seems more satisfying than a drive over land because of the degree of danger involved. Langland Bay Golf Club (Swansea) 343 yards, par 4. Named Braid’s Choice, so the old course architect gets another mention. The hole is something of a dogleg that runs along the side of Caswell Bay from a tee near the beach to a green overlooking the sea. The views are stunning – keep your eye on the hole.
  13. 13. 14 Wales. Where golf buddies up with good business. some of europe’s best property and business support … ParcAberporth ParcAberporth is Europe’s only dedicated test and development site for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. It’s an exceptional and unique environment in the UK for Unmanned Aerial Systems businesses to test and develop their products, because it includes Europe’s only civil licensed airport enabled for routine UAS operations, dedicated over-sea and over-land civil and military fly zones, and a 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. Llanelli Waterside Llanelli Waterside is transforming the region’s waterfront into a thriving new business, leisure and residential community. North Dock is the heart of it, with significant waterfront development opportunities for commercial usage. As part of this is Dragon 24, a joint venture between the Welsh Assembly Government and RO Developments offering high quality office accommodation ranging from 95 sq m to 663 sq m. 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 requiring industrial/business space close to the Technium facility.
  14. 14. 15 … because major players need good partners Tenby Golf Club (Pembrokeshire) 390 yards, par 4. One of the favourite holes of Dai Rees the great Welsh golfer and named after him. It is one of my favourites, too. I like it because it’s tricky… I once saw a golfer chart the course of his putt exquisitely on this hole. He aimed for Anglesey in the knowledge that his ball would curl round and end near Birmingham. Newport Links Golf Club (Pembrokeshire) 190 yards, par 3. Played across dunes to a sliver of a green set slightly at an angle and defended by dunes to the left. It is some test if the wind is straight into you – I’ve used everything from a 5 wood to a 7 iron on this hole. Llanymynech Golf Club (Powys) 339 yards, par 4. How can you not like a hole that starts in one country and ends in another. Fifteen holes here are in Wales, three in England and its boundary is part of Offa’s Dyke. Plenty of views here from what was a hill fort in Roman times. Try dropping that casually into the conversation at the 19th.
  15. 15. 16 Wales. Where golf buddies up with good business. a place where you can play … Buttington Cross Enterprise Park Buttington Cross Enterprise Park is one of the largest business parks in Mid Wales with nearly 300,000 sq ft of high quality industrial units. It’s close to the automotive and engineering cluster in England’s West Midlands, and is already the European base for international engineering and manufacturing companies such as Cobra UK, WIPAK and SPX Contech. Parc Cybi Parc Cybi is a well connected business base: it’s next to Junction 2 of the A55 North Wales Expressway linked to the UK motorway network, and 1.6 km (1 mile) from the Port of Holyhead which links to Ireland. There is also high speed fibre-optic broadband. The site has planning permission for mixed employment uses, so it’s flexible too. Parc Menai Business Park Parc Menai is a prestigious business park set in 75 acres (30 hectares) of mature parkland, very close to Junction 9 of the A55 North Wales Expressway. The Park includes Technium CAST (Centre for Advanced Software Technologies), which supports young companies exploiting the commercial potential of 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. 16. 17 … to win Aberdovey Golf Club (Gwynedd) 405 yards, par 4. (Old Course) I do not share all the enthusiasm for Aberdovey of Bernard Darwin, The Times’s greatest golf writer and a predecessor of mine. That would not be possible because Darwin described it as the course his soul “loves best of all the courses in the world.” To me Aberdovey is merely wonderful and of its 18 holes I find the 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. Nefyn & District Golf Club (Gwynedd) 190 yards, par 3. The drive is intimidating, across an inlet, but rewarding when you reach land the other side. Beware a fairway coming the other way, though. The second shot is inspiring because it is hit to a green cradled by lichen- covered rocks with the sea beyond. Pause before you putt and look around. What you see is stunning. Royal St. David’s Golf Club (Gwynedd) 432 yards, par 4. This is links golf at its best, a hole that looks difficult, is difficult and looks as though it has been there for years. As you approach the green, look at the natural way the dunes rise on either side of you. This hole could have been a prototype of many holes built on the so- called stadium courses around the world.
  17. 17. 18 Wales. Where golf buddies up with good business. great connections … Hawarden Business Park Hawarden Business Park is adjacent to Hawarden Airport, in which Airbus has invested billions of pounds, and the area has become a major aerospace cluster employing around 10,000 people. Raytheon, BAe Systems, Hawker Beechcraft and Alcontrol are also nearby, as are call centres, mainstream manufacturing, bio-pharma, food processing and logistics firms. The park is six miles west of Chester and offers rapid access to the UK motorway network. The Point, Llandudno Junction The Point has been purpose- designed to accommodate smaller, high quality office buildings within its 1.74 hectares (4.3 acres). Close to Junction 19 of the A55, its elevated position provides dramatic views over the Conwy Valley and Snowdonia. Also on the site, a new Welsh Assembly Government office building will house around 525 people including tourism, transport and enterprise employees. St Asaph Business Park St Asaph Business Park is a prestigious business park on the outskirts of St Asaph, Denbighshire, at Junction 26 of the A55. The park includes Technium OpTIC (Optoelectronics Technology & Incubation Centre), which supports young companies who are developing optical and electronic technologies. Technium OpTIC consists of three centres: an incubation centre of 24 units, a technology centre with 1,900 sq m of laboratory and clean room space, and a business centre providing facilities for conferences, exhibitions and 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. 18. 19 … are just a short drive Holyhead Golf Course (Anglesey) 180 yards, par 3. The name of James Braid, who designed the course in 1912, will occur again and again, much as rocky outcrops do on this course. I like Braid’s courses because the holes seem to have been placed naturally in the landscape. This hole has echoes of a favourite of mine, the 12th at Royal Birkdale. Go when the gorse is in bloom. Conwy Golf Club (Conwy) 503 yards, par 5. A good par 5 where you have to be straight from the tee because of four bunkers that lurk around the landing area and a green that is, oddly and distinctively, without a single bunker around it. Just as all good par 4s do not have to be 450 yards so all good par 5s do not have to be well over 500 yards. Vale of Llangollen Golf Club (Llangollen) 439 yards, par 4. The river Dee runs along the right of the hole, giving it left either. Imagine trying to land your ball on a policeman’s helmet. If you play too safely, you might have a long putt to the flagstick, overhit the putt and you could be down the back of the green.
  19. 19. Ready to get started? Get in contact and take your first steps towards a winning base in Wales. Welsh Assembly Government, Plas Glyndwˆr, Kingsway, Cardiff, CF10 3AH, Wales, UK Tel: +44 (0)1443 845500 G/MH/3761/08-10 / August / CMK-22-03-252 Typeset in 12pt / © Crown copyright 2010ISBN 978 0 7504 5648 7