With strong relationships between our sector businesses, our academics and our devolved, business-focused Government, Wales’ Enterprise Zones can offer you some of the best funding packages in the UK, diverse skills from a loyal workforce, competitive property and salary costs, and a great place for you and your workforce to live.
Each Enterprise Zone is dedicated to one or more sectors, often because of the particular skills already established there. But it’s not just about heritage - our focus is on refreshing and developing skills.
So several Zones have both a long manufacturing heritage and cutting edge manufacturing skills - which is one of the reasons why Welsh productivity levels are higher than the UK average.
Our 8 universities and 16 Further Education colleges work with all our Zones’ businesses to develop skills: in Deeside, Coleg Cambria has developed a dedicated Centre for Aerospace Training following local employer demand, while Cardiff & Vale College is based in Central Cardiff Enterprise Zone and is delivering bespoke business training programmes to its resident businesses.
Tailored programmes range from engineering and construction apprenticeships specifically for the energy supply chain in Anglesey to reskilling technical professionals who are becoming available as the nuclear plant is decommissioned in Snowdonia.
Most of the Zones have education centres within them: world-class, industry-approved aerospace education is provided at a purpose-built centre next to the airport in Cardiff Airport & St Athan Enterprise Zone, while Pembrokeshire College and its 8,500 vocational students are located at the heart of Haven Waterway Enterprise Zone.
We’re also planning for your future growth in all our Enterprise Zones by swelling the local talent pool: Ebbw Vale Enterprise Zone’s Shared Apprenticeship Scheme, for example, is currently developing skills in manufacturing, engineering and food.
You may want to locate near or join an existing supply chain, have customers on your doorstep, or be part of established sector networks.
Each of our Enterprise Zones is dedicated to at least one sector – always because of skills heritage and often for reasons including availability of natural resources or large space. So it’s easy to work out which Zones are right for your business.
R&D and academia
Our Enterprise Zones are perfectly placed to work closely with the key research departments in Wales’ 8 universities and 16 further education institutions, who have a strong track record in helping businesses to access their research, knowledge transfer and training capabilities.
So, when you set up in a Zone, we can introduce you to local academics who can support your business with potentially game-changing, commercially-focused research - and these partnerships can also open up access to considerable European funding.
Specialist areas are diverse, ranging from ICT, Space and Electronic Engineering to Business, Law and Accountancy, from Renewables to Advanced Manufacturing and from Food Science to Life Sciences – and more.
It’s not simply about having some academic expertise on board either: our educational institutions are working alongside industry every day within the Zones.
For more information visit www.expertisewales.com.
Quality of life
As well as offering some of the best environments to do business, our enterprise zones will also offer you and your loyal workforce a great lifestyle when you clock off.
With unbeatable mountain, coastal and rural landscapes, great cities and three National Parks packed into a country that’s just 256km (159 miles) long and 96km (59 miles) wide, the great outdoors is on every doorstep.
Living in Wales also means some of Europe’s most respected music, literature and food festivals will be close to home.
Our capital, Cardiff, is a UK top five retail location and a sporting and cultural destination while also being a ‘city of parks’, with more green space per person than any other core UK city.
With world class venues such as the Principality Stadium and the Millennium Centre, Cardiff hosts major events, from international sport such as Ashes test cricket, FA Cup Finals and international rugby World Cups to international arts festivals.
Then there are some of the most competitive house prices in the UK as well as great educational opportunities, so affordability makes all this accessible for you and your team.
This is a major factor in making staff retention levels here higher than the UK average - which means you don’t just get a great lifestyle in a Welsh Enterprise Zone, you also get a loyal workforce.
Visit each Zone to find out more: