Live, Play and Work
At the heart of South Wales, with excellent connectivity to UK and global markets, Invest In Neath Port Talbot offers a great environment for business to grow and prosper.
The area was at the centre of the Industrial Revolution, when iron and steel became king, but nowadays, focus is on encouraging innovation, R&D, best practice and collaborative working through our globally renowned manufacturing base and our Centres of Excellence linked to engineering, steel and metal production and the decarbonisation and renewable energy agenda.
The area is also an incubator for innovators and entrepreneurs across a range of growing sectors such as Med-Tech, Technology, Construction and the Creative Industry.
The sharp contrast of nature sitting side-by-side with the industrial creates a dramatic stage few other places offer. From our hills you can watch the theatre of sky, sea, land and people playing out below. Our landscapes provide a natural adventure playground for an abundance of activities.
Neath Port Talbot is not just somewhere to work – it’s a place to play, to live.
Our communities are as much a part of the area as the landscapes. Full of pride for their industrial heritage, but confidently creating the future of tomorrow.
With an extensive track record of helping investors and businesses realise their ambitions for development and growth in the region and supporting new investors to embed in the area, contact the Invest In Neath Port Talbot Team to find out how they can help your business.
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Manufacturing accounts for around 25% of total output in Neath Port Talbot, compared with 10% of output in the UK and 17% across Wales. This sector consistently achieves world-class results in the fields of advanced engineering, cutting and fabrication, electrical systems design, structural materials manufacturing and research and mechanical and automotive engineering.
Around 5,000 people are employed in this sector in Neath Port Talbot, which benefits greatly from the region’s partnership in the Swansea Bay City Deal Internet Coast initiative. This investment programme is transforming the regional economy by creating next generation digital infrastructure – including gigabit fibre and 5G testbeds – which will boost business productivity and help attract further investment.
Life Sciences/MedTech is a key sector in Neath Port Talbot, focusing on new product development, clinical trials, regenerative medicine, diagnostics, biotech and e-health. Around 350 businesses operate in this field, employing more than 11,000 people. The region benefits from world-class R&D and innovation facilities and connections to one of the UK’s top medical schools, that trains the next generation of life scientists.
Neath Port Talbot is at the centre of Wales’ energy revolution. The region has one of the highest installed renewable energy capacities (352MW) and the highest onshore wind generation in Wales (230MW). Our ambitious Decarbonisation and Renewable Energy Strategy and projects like the Bay Technology Centre and FLEXIS will help to deliver economic growth through creating the right environment to develop new sustainable technologies from research stage to production.
Just under 10% of our workforce is employed in construction, slightly higher than the Welsh average of 8.2%. As demand grows for cost-effective, sustainable, low carbon homes and buildings, many of our region’s construction businesses are focussing their activities on creating innovative, eco-friendly components and systems. All of which will take us some significant distance in helping Neath Port Talbot and Wales achieve its zero-carbon targets.
One of the fastest growing sectors in Neath Port Talbot, the Creative Industries sector collectively employs around 7,500 people in Neath Port Talbot. The region is home to a wealth of expertise in film making, animation and software and application development. Da Vinci’s Demons, Bang, Apostle, Doctor Who and The Collection have all been brought to life at our Bay Studios and in various locations across the region.
Attractions like Margam Country Park, Aberavon Seafront and the Vale of Neath’s beautiful Waterfall Country draw around 1.6 million visitors to the area each year, meaning that the Tourism sector contributes a whopping £120 million per year to the local economy. The sector supports around 1,700 full-time jobs across a diverse range of roles in accommodation, attractions and the natural environment.