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UK Government could make M4 Relief Road decision easier with Brexit infrastructure boost says Ken Skates

The UK Government should pump billions into infrastructure schemes, including road and rail, to support the economy in the event of a damaging exit from the European Union, says Minister for the Economy and Transport Ken Skates. Speaking at a meeting of Cardiff Breakfast Club, Mr Skates said that the provision of additional finance for […]

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Transport for Wales chief exec says the Metro will be ‘one of the best in the world’

Network Rail’s south-east Wales Metro project will be far more than just a transport scheme, but central to efforts aimed at improving the economy of the Valleys where towns like Pontypridd have the potential to flourish, says chief executive of Transport for Wales James Price. Mr Price, who heads up the Welsh Government’s at-arm’s-length transport […]

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We cannot give hope to kids by offering them jobs making sandwiches – says £1.2bn City Deal boss

The £1.2bn City Deal could be deemed a failure, despite hitting its headline targets that include creating 25,000 new jobs and lifting gross value added by 5%, unless it provides opportunities for people in the most deprived communities of the Cardiff Capital Region. And the director for the Cardiff Capital Region City Deal, Kellie Beirne, […]

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Bad design is much more noticeable than the good

While good design is hardly noticeable bad design leaves a negative and lasting legacy, said chief executive of the Design Commission for Wales Carole-Anne Davies. Addressing a meeting of Cardiff Breakfast Club, she said having too high a budget could be just as problematic as not enough for new projects in the built environment. She […]

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Making a mint fit for the future

The Royal Mint, which is one of the biggest employers in Wales, is creating a portfolio of business interests as it evolves from its traditional role as a manufacturer of coins, its chief executive said. Addressing a meeting of Cardiff Breakfast Club, Anne Jessopp, who was appointed the Royal Mint’s first chief executive in its […]

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Speaking Welsh and English is a great asset that needs to be milked in promoting Wales to the world

Bilingualism is one of Wales’ best assets and needs to be exploited more in promoting the country globally, believes Professor Laura McAllister. And addressing a meeting of Cardiff Breakfast Club, Prof McAllister of Cardiff University’s Wales Governance Centre, said that in constructing a new narrative for selling Wales to the world post Brexit, it also […]

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Aston Martin executive says Wales is going to be a great place to grow the global luxury car brand

Luxury car maker Aston Martin’s decision to invest in Wales, where production at its second UK factory will start next year, has been fully justified despite some initial eyebrow raising in the industry, said its vice president and chief special operations officer David King. Speaking at a meeting of Cardiff Breakfast Club the Welshman said […]

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Deloitte moving in on 1,000 staff in Cardiff with hundreds more to come

Diversity, high education standards and quality office space at affordable prices in Cardiff have helped to fuel the rapid expansion of professional advisory firm Deloitte in the capital, says its senior partner for Wales, Wayne Harvey. Through its delivery centre and core Welsh practice, Deloitte’s workforce in the city will reach 1,000 this summer and […]

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How Green Man keeps its unique charm by spurning the corporate sponsors

Green Man generates £8m for the Welsh economy, the owner of the company behind the music festival told an audience in Cardiff today. Fiona Stewart said the four-day event was an opportunity to promote Wales with three quarters of people who attend coming from outside the country, some from as far afield as the United […]

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Liberty Steel on its expansion plans and making steelmaking ‘sexy and fashionable’ again

Green steel to renewable energy group GFG Alliance, which has considerable interests in Wales, said it was making steel “sexy and fashionable” again as it looks to significantly ramp up its production of recycled steel in UK. Speaking at Cardiff Breakfast Club, Nirmal Chhabria, a director of Simec Group and Liberty House Group – businesses […]