Wales

  • About Wales

    Wales is one of the 4 nations within the United Kingdom. Major cities in the region include Cardiff and Swansea. Wales is ideally placed for low-cost entry into the UK market.

    Over 700 multinational companies thrive in Wales, including Ford, Toyota, Airbus, GE, Dow Corning and Panasonic.

  • Opportunities and incentives

    Investors in Wales benefit from low costs:

    • industrial property costs and prime office rental prices in Cardiff are up to 50% lower than in the most expensive parts of the UK
    • the cost of living is nearly 10% lower than the UK average
    • salaries are more competitive in comparison to other regions of the UK
    • excellent incentives to investors, including grants covering between 10% and 45% of capital expenditure costs

    Wales’ 115 million GBP SMART Cymru research fund is also one of Europe’s most comprehensive support systems for industrial research, experimental development and feasibility studies.

  • Skills and education

    Wales has 160,000 students in full-time education in 8 universities. Over 30% of the Welsh population aged 21 to 64 are college graduates.

    Wales is also home to 10 universities, including Cardiff, Swansea, Aberystwyth and Bangor - featured in the QS World University Rankings.

  • Infrastructure

    Transport options in Wales include:

    • Cardiff International Airport, connecting you to European cities including Amsterdam and Paris in around 90 minutes
    • high-speed train connections from Cardiff, connecting you to London in 2 hours
    • the M4 motorway, which lets you drive from Wales to London in just 2 hours
    • major ports, which are located all along the Welsh coastline