North Wales is famous for being a tourist hotspot, offering some of the best attractions for staycationers, from gorgeous beaches to holiday resorts. However, it should also be highly regarded as a strong business location, providing great opportunities for British companies.
This is the opinion of those who attended the Daily Post Winners Lunch, including the winners from the Daily Post Business Awards 2018, headline sponsors, as well as members of the Welsh government.
Attendees headed to Bangor University’s Reichel Hall to discuss the future of North Wales’ position as a business location.
Managing director of Aber Falls Distillery in Abergwyngregyn James Wright said: “People see it as a holiday destination – they don’t realise the breadth of businesses we have on the ground here. There are lots of great businesses developing.”
He added a huge factor in helping the region develop commercially is its location, having two major airports nearby.
Sarah Hampson, marketing and communications manager at Ruth Lee Ltd, added: “You don’t have to be centrally located in Manchester or London to do well, and if people can start to understand that, then Wales can do really well.”
She went on to say the Welsh government has been really helpful at supporting businesses in the country, providing market research and assisting in new product development and efficiency.
The Northern Powerhouse Partner Programme is one initiative the government set up to boost Welsh businesses. Recently joining the 200 enterprises that are already part of the scheme are Glyndŵr University and Coleg Cambria, as well as Zip World and Wrexham Mineral Cables. By working together, businesses will be able to push forward with improvements – such as to transport links – that will support the local economy.
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