North Wales is home to a strong and growing energy sector, with the potential for further economic development, highlighted by a new regional business directory.
The Directory showcases the range and scope of businesses that exist within the Energy and Environment Sector across North Wales.
Future proposed developments in the sector will also provide huge opportunities for job creation and economic benefits across the region.
With over 150 companies currently listed, the new Energy and Environment Directory illustrates the strength and depth of this sector, and acts as a tool and reference point for businesses, providers, and others.
The NWEAB worked with employers across the region via representation from each of the 6 Local Authorities in North Wales who collaboratively sourced the business information and provided links with, and details from specialist and key employers from this sector for inclusion in the directory.
Aled Davies, Economic Development Manager for Anglesey County Council who chaired the Working Group stated:
“The energy sector has had a strong presence across North Wales for many years and will remain an integral component of our economy over the coming years, supporting our supply chains and skills developments.
Future proposed investments in the sector provides unparalleled opportunities for job creation and economic growth, the Anglesey Energy Island Programme for example has the potential to contribute nearly £12 billion to the North Wales economy over the next 15 years.
We hope that the Energy and Environment Directory will provide a platform for increased collaboration and networking between the public and private sectors so as to ensure that local businesses and the labour market benefit fully from such developments”.
Given the geography and landscape of North Wales, it is easy to see how both on land and off-shore, energy and environment projects can flourish and develop, and that the wider coast and countryside within the region continues to attract so many world class companies, whilst also supporting home grown local innovation and enterprise within the sector.
Iwan Thomas, Skills and Employment Programme Manager for the North Wales Economic Ambition Board stated:
“The Directory is a further example of how we are already working beneath a regional banner to support the development of a skills pipeline for all our key sectors such as energy, where we are bringing together employers with our schools, colleges and universities, to equip our current and future labour force with the skills and qualities employers value and require; more information on which will be featured within the second annual Regional Skills and Employment Plan for North Wales published in the Autumn.
Horizon Nuclear Power was a key partner for this work, and is a sponsor of the Regional Directory. Sasha Davies, Head of Strategic Development Wales noted:
“We are proud to support the publication of the first North Wales Energy & Environment Directory, and are fully committed to playing our part in growing this important sector within the region. The collaborative effort between the public and private sector in developing this publication demonstrates the willingness on all sides to ensure that residents and businesses within North Wales benefit fully from our future investments in the region.”
The Directory is now available via our business directories page as an on-line ‘flip book’ which will be routinely updated.