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Cardiff Council

Support and Finance for Business


Cardiff: The Capital Opportunity

Cardiff is the UK’s fastest growing city with population expected to grow faster than any of the Core Cities over the next 20 years. The city also has one of the fastest growing economies in the UK, with faster job growth than any of the UK Core Cities between 2000 and 2010 and an increase in visitor spend of over £400 million in the past five years, all supported by one of the most qualified workforces in the UK and quality of life consistently leading national rankings.

We’re also well connected to our region and the rest of the UK, supported by a regional rail network with almost 90 stations and a population of 1.6 million people within a 45 minute drive time. Cardiff is also one of only four cities in the UK with an internet exchange, and one of the highest rates of superfast penetration for business.

What sets Cardiff apart is its potential for investment. With £6 billion of investment in business infrastructure in the pipeline, the commitment is already in place to drive forward the city’s next phase of development, which will also assist in promoting the Cardiff Capital region as a world-class destination for business investment and tourism.

For more information on Investment opportunities in Cardiff, please visit​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window​​

Cardiff: Our Competitive Capital

Cardiff: Our Competitive Capital is our brand new publication that highlights a range of information, statistics and data on Cardiff. 

The publication provides investors, developers, entrepeneurs, business owners and anyone else with an interest in Cardiff more about our great city, including statistics, demographics, environment, work, tourism, travel, connectivity, business support, sector strengths and property.​

It also includes comments from businesses who are based here who simply explain Why Cardiff?” 

Download the Cardiff: Our Competitive Capital publication (6.86mb PDF)​​​​​​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window.

Cardiff Enterprise Zone

Central Cardiff enterprise Zone, designated by the Welsh assembly government, is a 140 acre (56.656 hectare) business district right at the heart of the city centre, incorporating Cardiff Central train station. 

A range of incentives are potentially available to qualifying businesses and access to 1.6 million people are within a 45 minute commute. 

The economic development team can coordinate the City of Cardiff Council’s support schemes alongside funding from the Welsh assembly government and other bodies. Find out more about the Central Cardiff Enterprise Zone​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window

Assisted Areas

Assisted areas are those areas where regional aid can be offered under state aid rules. In Wales discretionary financial support is available for businesses and rates of support are set out in published guidelines. Businesses with less than 250 employees can potentially attract higher rates of support subject to meeting detailed criteria. ​

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Cardiff has many attributes that sets it apart from other capitals – easy to do business and a great place to live. We want to help you make the right investment choice.

Find out more about out location, how our city is super-connected and out exciting growth Check out our investment publications Contact us to learn more or discuss investment with a member of our team.

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