room to expand: locating a business in north wales


Guest article by Ashley Rogers – MD of Gill & Shaw Ltd and Chairman of the North Wales Business Council.


North Wales is home to around 58,000 enterprises – including many major international and leading UK businesses.

Airbus, Tata, Siemens, JCB, Toyota, Village Bakery, Moneypenny and Kellogg’s to name a few.

And with a diverse business-base that includes both the high-profile advanced materials & manufacturing and energy & environment sectors, as well as the more traditional tourism & hospitality sector, the economy is well-balanced and well-placed for future growth.

But to grow, businesses need space – and the region features more than 100 business parks and industrial estates (including two of the biggest in Europe) and three Enterprise Zones.

That’s a lot of space (and a lot of choice) for any business looking to locate or expand here, and the range of commercial land and property is growing all the time.

Notable new and future developments include...

menai science park (m-sparc), anglesey

Pictured above.

A multi-phased £20 million development, within easy commuting distance of Bangor University and close to the A55. The focus will be on energy and clean technology, with plans to link academic research with commercial expertise, creating new jobs and supporting business growth.

kingmore park, wrexham industrial estate

Outline planning permission for 400,000 square feet of manufacturing and distribution space, sitting on a site of over 50 acres.

the northern gateway project, deeside

A massive project on the former RAF Sealand site, with potential to create three million square feet of industrial, retail and manufacturing facilities, and hundreds of homes.

snowdonia low-carbon technology & data park, trawsfynydd

Part of the Snowdonia Enterprise Zone and providing opportunities for the redevelopment of a 50 hectare site. Designated for development in the low carbon technology and digital / data sectors.

Innovation features strongly in a number of these new developments, and businesses that choose to locate to any of these sites should have the potential to team-up with strong partners in the HE (higher education) and FE (further education) sectors, and get support with staff-training and developing new technologies.

In fact the teams at Glyndŵr and Bangor universities, as well as Cambria and Grŵp Llandrillo Menai colleges, are well-versed in partnering with local and international businesses, and supporting them in their growth plans.

To look for commercial property in North Wales, try the online property search provided by North Wales Economic Ambition Board (NWEAB).

Or to find out about the range of help and advice available to firms thinking about locating to North Wales, take a look at the business support page.

Follow Ashley Rogers on Twitter @GillandShaw.

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