Business Environment in Ebbw Vale
Skills & Academia
The manufacturing workforce here is skilled, growing and developing, and there is ready, local availability for companies locating to the Zone.
Our local universities deliver 2000 engineering students every year, while our local Shared Apprenticeship Scheme (SAS) is currently swelling the talent pool for manufacturing, engineering and food businesses.
An on-site e-learning zone is also planned, to further develop the skills required by resident companies.
The Zone has established links with our universities’ and colleges’ commercially-focused academics who are already working with businesses here. World-class, industry-led manufacturing research is already underway at Cardiff and Swansea Universities, plus applied research at Cardiff University, the University of South Wales and the University of Wales Trinity St David.
They are also delivering training and development for local employers, ranging from degrees to work-based learning.
Manufacturing is the key sector here, thanks to a longstanding sector heritage and existing resident international and indigenous companies.
More opportunities for other sector businesses are on the horizon, too, given the plans for a £325m motor racing track set over 335 hectares (830 acres) within the Zone, which is to host the MotoGP™ from 2017 - potentially until 2024.
With 750,000 projected visitors a year and plans for a hotel and a motor sports industries centre, the associated commercial opportunities are many, including for the retail, tourism and leisure sectors.
Who’s already here
A longstanding manufacturing heritage means that the area is already the location of choice for not just indigenous manufacturers, but international leaders such as Continental Teves, G-TEM, Monier Redland, Northern Automotive Systems, PCI Pharma Services, Tenneco, and Yuasa Battery.
Quality of life
Ebbw Vale is situated in the County Borough of Blaenau Gwent, known for its startling contracts of steeply wooded valleys and open moorland.
Your investment in your workforce delivers strong returns here, with high levels of staff retention – largely down to the local quality of life.
Incredible coast and countryside - including the Brecon Beacons National Park - plus the Welsh capital are all on the doorstep.
With so much rugged terrain and stunning countryside at your fingertips, you’ll find it difficult not to be adventurous.
The area also boasts a wealth of history from the Bronze Age, medieval times and, of course, a profusion of industrial heritage sites that can be explored on foot, cycle, horseback or car.
Just half-an-hour away, Cardiff regularly features in the UK and Europe’s best cities to live in surveys* and a UK top five retail location**.
Cardiff is the number 2 city in the UK for employees’ quality of life¹ - one of the reasons we have a particularly loyal workforce and that graduates tend to stay once they get a job here.
The city regularly features in the UK and Europe’s best cities to live in surveys², is a UK top five retail location³, with its impressive St David’s shopping centre and Edwardian and Victorian arcades.
It is 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.
Cardiff has been described as the ‘epitome of cool’ by the Lonely Planet travel guide, with the city centre and the bay combining to offer a sophisticated urban experience.
Best of all, this is underpinned by an affordable cost of living, which means you and your employees can really make the most of living here.
¹ source: Cushman and Wakefield
² eg, UK’s best city to live in (Moneysupermarket survey 2014); top UK city for quality of life, European Commission’s 2013 Urban Audit
³ Source: Going Shopping 2013: the definitive guide to shopping centres
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