Business Environment in Anglesey
Skills & Academia
The workforce here has particular strengths in engineering and construction skills, playing its part in Welsh productivity levels that are higher than the UK average.
These are also continually developing, with local academic institutions working alongside industry to hone the skills businesses require and support workforce development.
The dedicated Cwmni Prentis Menai Scheme, for example, delivers engineering and construction apprenticeships specifically for the energy supply chain.
It is run by the local FE college, Coleg Menai, that has a world-class Energy Centre and Construction Skills Centre which houses low carbon energy technology and training facilities and has strong links with industry.
The European-funded Shaping the Future project, is already re-skilling the 600+ staff from the former Wylfa nuclear plant for potential employment by future companies locating to the Zone. These workers are becoming available as plant is decommissioned, and already have highly technical expertise - decommissioning work involves cutting edge technology and engineering capabilities - with a large proportion qualified to degree level.
As well as producing graduates, nearby Bangor University has an international reputation in R&D across key departments such as Electronic Engineering and Psychology and Business and Ocean Sciences, as well as international links with Middle East, China and Japan.
The Zone has established relationships with these and other key research departments which your business can tap into.
Join us here and your business could be met with opportunities to work alongside our major renewable energy providers as part of the growing supply chain for major low carbon energy projects, both current and pipeline.
These include the construction of a new, £12 billion power station at Wylfa Newydd, by Horizon Nuclear Power. With the site to be completed by the mid-2020s, and the station’s projected 60-year operational lifetime, it means security, engineering, maintenance and other contracts that could provide a platform for your future sustainability and long-term growth.
The Morlais Tidal Marine Zone presents excellent opportunities for developers to test and demonstrate their marine technology and innovate alongside researchers at one of Europe’s largest academic marine science centres at nearby Bangor University and at the University’s Menai Science Park on Anglesey.
With all the major energy investment projects come associated developments: so, even if your business is not in the energy sector, the supply chain and associated development opportunities are significant –and long-term - in Anglesey Enterprise Zone.
The £1 billion Orthios Ecopark in Holyhead will have a 300 MW biomass power station as its core development with residual heat supporting food production, while developer, Land & Lakes plans to build tourist accommodation and residential units as part of a major development. Both projects will offer supply chain opportunities during construction and then ongoing employment and support contracts once operational.
In terms of Anglesey’s local island economy, the tourism and agricultural sectors continue to play an important role, with additional investments in the Port of Holyhead creating significant further opportunities.
The construction and service sectors (such as food and logistics) are also predicted to grow significantly as companies cluster in the area to meet the needs of the major strategic investment projects in the pipeline for Anglesey Enterprise Zone.
Who’s already here
The island already includes a variety of companies across a range of sectors, such as:
- Marine services companies (eg, Holyhead Marine Services, Holyhead Towing, Stena and Irish Ferries)
- Manufacturers (eg, Marco Cable Management, Mona Pre Cast and ALPOCO)
- Construction companies (eg, Balfour Beatty, CL Jones, Huws Grey, Rehau and Jewsons)
- Food manufacturing and processing companies (eg, PV France, Glanbia Cheese and Llechwedd Meats)
Quality of life
Anglesey is a beautiful island with over 200km (124 miles) of coastline (and coastal footpath), with a plenty of sandy beaches and wonderful local cuisine to explore.
Although well-connected, Anglesey is a place where you can truly get away from it all in winding lanes or along spectacular coast. There's also plenty to do for all the family with events, attractions and outdoor activities all set in stunning scenery.
Add this superb landscape to relatively low living costs, and you can see how quality of life is a major factor in making staff retention levels here higher than the UK average - and in attracting new people.
Which means you don’t just get a great lifestyle in Anglesey Enterprise Zone - you also get a loyal workforce.
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