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Business Events

The Cardiff Capital Region is renowned for hosting conferences and we are proud of our reputation as a leading destination for national and international events in our cities of Cardiff and Newport.

As the capital city of Wales, Cardiff has a great reputation for regularly hosting international events, it has the experience to handle large numbers, logistics and security.

Business event organisers choose Cardiff for its vibrant city centre and Bay area, well established venues and business hotels, three universities and growing industry sectors such as life sciences, financial services and creative industries. Cardiff’s heritage and culture assets also make it a ‘must visit’ city. 

From securing accommodation through to hiring venues on your behalf, the Meet in Cardiff team uses local knowledge and their vast portfolio of contacts to develop the best possible delegate experience when planning your business event in Cardiff.

The Cardiff Convention Bureau has a FREE and impartial venue & supplier finding service saves you valuable time and money, so you can rest assured knowing your business event will be planned meticulously by the experts.

Event Venues

Located in the heart of the city centre, Utilita Arena Cardiff is a multipurpose venue; hosting not only major music & comedy events but also conferences, exhibitions, meetings and award dinners. With over 5,000 square metres of fully integrated event space under one roof, the building was designed with the event organiser in mind. It is Cardiff’s largest business event venue, perfect for large conferences, AGMs and exhibitions.
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The Castle is a hero attraction in Wales and a site of international significance with 2000 years of history. Located within beautiful parklands in the city centre, it was originally a Roman fort, Norman stronghold and today an impressive Victorian Gothic masterpiece.
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Cardiff City Hall is the centrepiece of one of the finest civic centres in the UK. Opened in 1906, the year following Cardiff receiving the Royal Charter as a city in 1905. City Hall is predominately a venue for conferences, exhibitions, an awards ceremony or a prestigious dinner.

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Newport offers a excellent range of conference venues: from Europe’s largest residential and leisure venues to specialised training venues and M4 corridor meeting rooms.

Newport-based International Convention Centre Wales (ICC Wales) is the UK’s newest and most exciting events venue. World-class facilities include a 4,000 sq. m pillar-free exhibition hall, a 1,500-seat auditorium theatre, versatile meeting rooms and an abundance of breakout and networking spaces, flooded in natural daylight.

Built in an £84m joint venture project with the Welsh Government, the venue is highly accessible, just a stone’s throw from Junction 24 of the M4 in Newport, yet it is situated in ancient woodland with floor to ceiling meeting room windows and outdoor breathing space making the most of the stunning environment.

Since ICC Wales opened, it has quickly gained a national and international reputation for the quality of its facilities, service and hospitality. The only venue of its size and type situated to the west of London and south of Birmingham, ICC Wales has also been a driving force in enhancing Wales’ wider reputation as a destination for hosting events. A reputation previously developed by the experienced team behind the venue who managed events such as the NATO Summit and the Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort.

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More great reasons to invest in CCR

Our capital city, Cardiff, has experienced jobs growth over 20% in the past decade, with visitor numbers growing by 50%.
To compete well in today’s global economy you need confidence in a highly skilled, adaptable and dependable workforce. In our Region we have a youthful workforce with diverse skills, talent, motivation and loyalty.
The Cardiff Capital Region is in a strategically strong position with excellent access to mainline rail networks.
Cardiff’s diverse economy is among the most competitive of the UK Core Cities. The heavy industry of the past has given way to flourishing service and knowledge-driven sectors.
In Wales, the Welsh Government have set an ambitious target of delivering 20,000 new low carbon affordable homes this Government term.
The South Wales Metro is a once in a lifetime public investment of £1.3bn in our railways. This will transform the railway of the South Wales Valleys into a modern, electric, turn-up-and-go Metro.
The Cardiff Capital Region provides clear cost advantages with competitive property costs in comparison with other major UK cities.
Quality of life is one of the big competitive advantages of the Cardiff Capital Region. Cardiff is consistently recognised as one of the best cities to live in by residents.
To drive success in the commercial arena we have set up costed and targeted funds that help to create such environments.