Cardiff – Easy to do Business and a Great Place to Live

A great affordable location for buying a business

If you’re looking for businesses for sale, Cardiff, Europe’s youngest capital,  is your city of opportunity. As one of the most competitive cities in the UK, Cardiff has what it takes for business success. It is:

  • The closest European capital to London
  • The 6th best shopping destination in the UK, according to Experian, the global information services company (2009)
  • One of the UK’s most transport friendly cities. People from Cardiff were named as the happiest rail commuters in an index published by Campaign for Better Transport (CBT) in 2012
  • The economic driver for a city-region of 1.4 million people, with a skill rating and work-life balance that is above the national average, reflecting the city’s outstanding quality of life
  • An academic centre of excellence with an impressive pool of highly skilled graduates and access to academic research
  • One of the most productive cities with the total economic output per job filled above the UK average
  • Ranked 2nd best city for value for money office space in the UK

In addition,

  • Cardiff has a competitive property portfolio to meet the needs of any prospective business buyer, offering outstanding rental value.
  • The new Cardiff Central Enterprise Zone for financial and professional services companies is a major new development project which will attract corporate headquarters and create an internationally competitive hub for financial and professional services.
  • The Young Recruits Programme provides funding to employers offering high quality apprenticeship programmes to recruit and train additional apprentices between 16 and 24 yrs.

Where is Cardiff located in the UK?

Cardiff is situated in South Wales, and is just two hours away from the centre of London by rail or road, with easy access to the country’s other important business centres.

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Cardiff Facts

  • Estimated population: 346,000
  • Density (persons per km2): 2,500
  • Residents age groups

aged 0-4:- 22,400;

aged 0-15 36,600;

aged 15-64: 241,500;

aged 65 and over:  45-500

  • Job Seeker allowance claimants (as a percentage of population aged 16-64): Cardiff Central – 4.2%, Cardiff North – 2.4% (UK: 3.9%)
  • Average annual income: £29,120
  • Major employment sectors: Creative Industries, Energy and Environment, ICT, Life Sciences, Professional and Financial Services, and Leisure and Tourism.

Connectivity and Transport

Cardiff Airport provides over 30 flights a day to over 400 world and European destinations.

Located on the M4 motorway, Cardiff has easy access to cities throughout the UK and is only around two hours from London and Birmingham.

Cardiff offers regular direct InterCity train services to the UK’s major cities including half hourly services connecting Cardiff to London in under 2 hours and regular direct services to Birmingham and Manchester.

Support business groups in Cardiff

Cardiff Young Professionals  - they run networking events exclusively for young professionals, entrepreneurs and business owners, giving you the chance to meet and get advice from like minded people. They are a bit different, their mantra being “Networking with a Twist”. You will find each event unique and fun.

The South Wales Chamber of Commerce is a modern, innovative, membership-based business support organisation helping local businesses grow and prosper. They do this by providing up-to-the-minute information, guidance and a wide range of high quality business services at substantially discounted rates.

Information about Cardiff Council Business Support and Licensing

Cardiff Council information services offer a wealth of helpful advice for businesses, including business rates, economic research and analysis, and financial advice and support.

Local newspapers

South Wales Echo – is a local newspaper from Cardiff, covering local, regional and national news and events.
Western Mail – Local news from Cardiff as well as headlines and stories from Wales, the nation and around the world.
Wales on Sunday – Wales on Sunday is another local newspaper from Cardiff, covering politics, entertainment, sports, events, opinions, and more.

Local Business Directory

http://www.freeindex.co.uk/wales/cardiff/cardiff/

Resources:

http://www.visitcardiff.com/travel-trade/cardiff-facts

Employment statistics:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2010/nov/17/unemployment-and-employment-statistics-economics#constitu