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Enterprise Zones

Find out more about the Cardiff Airport-St Athan Enterprise Zone, located in the Vale of Glamorgan and a leading UK aerospace, manufacturing and engineering location, within easy reach of the centre of Cardiff.


Autumn Enterprise Zone Event 2017

Spring Enterprise Zone Event 2018


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The Welsh Government is investing in the business infrastructure at Cardiff Airport-St Athan Enterprise Zone which is prioritised for next generation broadband, has a skilled local workforce, and excellent land and air transportation links, making it the perfect place for business investment and growth.


The Enterprise Zone caters to the aerospace, defence, automotive, manufacturing, and engineering sectors, and its long history in these sectors has provided the facilities, skills, experience and local supply chain to make the Cardiff Airport-St Athan Enterprise Zone a truly leading location for business.


The Enterprise Zone has well-established links with Welsh universities and world-class aerospace training providers operating next to the airport at the International Centre for Aerospace Training (ICAT). 


Cardiff Airport-St Athan Enterprise Zone is currently home to numerous businesses, including the Cardiff International Airport, British Airways Maintenance Cardiff (BAMC), E-Cube Solutions, and Cardiff Aviation and is the future home to Aston Martin’s manufacturing/research and development facility, due to start operation in 2020. The Enterprise Zone consists of three distinct areas: 


Map of Gateway-Enterprise Zone

Gateway Development Zone

190 acres of land allocated for mixed use development located adjacent to Cardiff Airport.

Map of Cardiff Airport-Enterprise Zone

Cardiff Airport

Over 500 acres of land surrounding the 2,392 metre runway at Cardiff Airport.

Map of St Athan-Enterprise Zone

St Athan Aerospace Business Park

Over 200 acres of space, including a 1,825 metre runway at a secure location. 


Benefits of locating in an Enterprise Zone

The Welsh Government has created incentives for businesses to thrive in designated Enterprise Zones. They offer compelling business benefits, including:

  • A range of financial incentives including some of the highest levels of grant aid in the UK
  • Prioritised for Next Generation Broadband
  • Accelerated planning processes
  • Excellent transport links and access to markets
  • Bespoke space
  • Competitive property and salary costs
  • Skilled workforce and commercially-focused academics
  • Private sector-led Zone Boards which directly advise the Welsh Government and Ministers


For more information, visit the Welsh Government Cardiff Airport and St Athan Enterprise Zone


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