Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council, Welsh Government
£150 million +
Mixed Use: Enterprise, Residential, Transport and Leisure
Being developed in parallel with the BGCBC Replacement Local Development Plan
Blaenau Gwent Tech Valleys creates an environment that lets the world know it’s open for business and is already an area of choice for exceptional, high innovation companies. A number of industry sectors are key strengths for the area, with clusters of businesses operating successfully and exciting collaborations between organisations and academics.
Motor technology, battery technology, artificial intelligence and infrastructure for ultra-low emission vehicles are all key areas that the area is looking to grow.
Automotive and Electric Vehicles
The automotive sector is considerable in the region and there is scope to capitalise on existing skills needed for future-proofing the sector and expansion into growing areas of the automotive sector, including the manufacturing and testing of electric vehicles.
Technology and Telecoms
Technology is a key growth area for Blaenau Gwent, supported by the Tech Valleys programme. There is an emerging cluster of technology businesses in the region, with most businesses looking at how investment in automation and technology can help them to thrive.
Food and Drink manufacturing
The food and drink sector accounts for around 5.5% of Blaenau Gwent’s GVA. Tech Valleys, supported by the Welsh Government’s Food and Drink Wales team, will identify opportunities for growth and removing barriers to investment and expansion.
Pharmaceuticals and Medical Technology
A cluster of high performing businesses operate in the region with an above average number of medical qualifiers from local higher education institutions, including two of the UK’s top medical schools at Swansea and Cardiff Universities.
Timber Frame/Modular Housing
A number of key businesses in Blaenau Gwent are working at the forefront of modular construction and housing, many of them with local materials, manufacturing skills and construction expertise.