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Business

Nexus House, Newport

Newport is a vibrant, modern city with strong business investment potential. We’re supported by excellent transport links and easy accessibility from both England and the rest of Wales – Cardiff Airport is within a 35-minute drive and London is just two hours away by train.

With state-of-the-art premises, a thriving student population and a workforce of 479,000 within half-an-hour’s reach of the city, it’s no wonder hundreds of businesses have already chosen to set up home in Newport.

“Since we opened our first office in Newport in 2008, it has been a great success. We are committed to the city and hope to grow our operation there.” Huw Llewellyn, Admiral plc

Locate in Newport

Read why Newport is an excellent location for businesses

Business support

Find out about our business support including financial assistance. Our Business Services team assists established Newport businesses, entrepreneurs wishing to start up and businesses looking to locate in the city.

Email or telephone and we’ll be pleased to help…

Low interest business loans

Newport City Council’s business loans help city businesses grow by supporting investments in plant and equipment, information technology, marketing projects and building improvements, read more…

Start up business grants

Grants of up to £500 are available from Newport City Council and UK Steel Enterprise to pre-start ups and businesses up to 12 months old, the award of a grant is entirely discretionary, read more…

Newport Super Connected Cities Project

This project aims to make sure that businesses have the chance to make their broadband speeds superfast, or ultrafast where possible, by 2015.

Register your interest in the Newport Super Connected Cities project

Business parks and sites

Learn about Newport’s wide range of sites and premises…

Who’s here

Hear what businesses already located in Newport have to say…

Films

View the short films below to see why leading businesses move to Newport:

Latest news

Ground breaking developments at Friars Walk

A ceremony to mark the official start of construction work for Friars Walk, Newport’s multi-million pound retail and leisure scheme, took place earlier this month, read the full story…

Opening of new learning academy

A former library in Newport which has been transformed into a new learning hub thanks to EU Funds has been unveiled by Finance Minister Jane Hutt AM, read the full story…

Help for city businesses

Businesses in Newport can benefit from a range of incentives including rate relief, grants, loans and finding skilled workers, read the full story…

Newport businesses celebrate success at ESTnet Awards

Newport businesses IAC Ltd and SPTS Technologies Ltd and Anthony Harrison of IR Newport Ltd were honoured with awards at this year’s ESTnet Awards, read the full story…

Housing project set to create economic and jobs boost

Funding has been announced to kick start the development of a major new affordable housing project in Newport that will create up to 1500 jobs and deliver an economic boost of around £140million to the local economy, read the full story…

More good news for Newport

Councillor Bob Bright, leader of Newport City Council, has welcomed the announcement that a new steel manufacturing business is setting up in the city, read the full story…

New studio has designs on expansion

An innovative new design studio in Newport is planning expansion, after just a year in business, with help from Newport City Council and UK Steel Enterprise, read the full story…

Newport companies scoop Innovation and International Awards at the South Wales Chamber Business Awards

Two Newport-based companies have triumphed at the South Wales Chamber of Commerce Business Awards, run in association with the University of South Wales, read the full story…

ESTnet Awards 2014 shortlist recognises Newport technology companies

Five Newport technology companies have made the final shortlist for the ESTnet Awards 2014. They are IAC, SPTS Technologies, Silver Telecom, IR Newport and Cassidian, read the full story…

Newport success at Welsh Contact Centre Awards

Newport winners at this year’s Welsh Contact Centre Awards were Ministry of Justice Shared Services for Best Shared Service Centre and Gemma Jones of Wales & West Utilities for Best Customer Services Representative, read the full story…

Newport welcomes boost to city regeneration

Newport City Council has received the excellent news that a bid for regeneration funds has been successful, read the full story…

Newport Fashion Design students chosen to create exciting new brand

Three Fashion Design students from the University of South Wales have been selected to create a new ethical Welsh brand for the high street, which will be launched at London Fashion Week, read the full story…

Newport businesses short-listed for Chamber’s Welsh Business Awards

Short-listed finalists for the 2013 Welsh Business Awards have been revealed by the South Wales Chamber of Commerce, read the full story…

SPTS Technologies Named Anchor Company by Welsh Government

Newport-based SPTS Technologies has been awarded Anchor Company status by the Welsh Government, read the full story…

SPTS Celebrates Two More Regional Award Wins to End the Year on a High

Newport-based SPTS Technologies, a supplier of advanced wafer processing solutions for the global semiconductor industry and related markets, has recently won two prestigious awards, read the full story…

Council leader welcomes Re:Newport report

Councillor Bob Bright, leader of Newport City Council, has expressed his support for the Re:Newport task force report, read the full story…

Newport is becoming a super-connected city

Newport will be one step closer to becoming a super-connected city this month, read the full story…

Official opening of revamped market

Newport’s Mayor Councillor Cliff Suller has officially opened the new High Street entrance of the historic Newport Market, read full story…

Celtic Manor Resort to host NATO summit

The Celtic Manor Resort in Newport will host next year’s NATO summit, the Prime Minister has announced. World leaders will head to Newport in autumn 2014 for the first ever NATO summit held in Wales, read full story…

First recipient of loan awarded cheque

The first recipient of a low-interest loan from Newport City Council was awarded his cheque at the official launch of two new business support programmes in October, read full story…

Business grants now available

Newport City Council is now able to offer business grants thanks to a partnership with UK Steel Enterprise (UKSE), read the full story…

New Admiral office block achieves key milestone

Scarborough Development Group yesterday held a “topping out” ceremony at the site of Admiral Group plc’s new seven-storey office block in Newport to mark the completion of the highest point of the project, read the full story…

Welsh food firm wins lucrative new contracts at home and abroad

Welsh food firm Clarks has sealed two major new contracts for its maple syrup and honey products – at home and abroad, read the full story…

Port of Newport gets a new crane

Associated British Ports (ABP)'s Newport operation has taken delivery of a new harbour crane to assist with faster and more efficient handling of cargo, read the full story…

City training provider Acorn in line for award

Newport-based training provider, Acorn, has been short-listed for a prestigious national award, read the full story…

Wildings to launch online store

Wildings, the long-established Newport retailer, is to expand its business with the launch of an online store, read the full story…

New £13m dual carriageway is open
A £13m dual carriageway, which provides a new access route to and from eastern Newport is now open, read the full story…

Newport to be home to military centre of excellence
A new partnership between MOD and industry will develop the UK's first centre of excellence for ceramic armour development in Newport, read the full story…

Aerospace training centre is launched in Newport
TESTIA an EADS company, has officially launched TESTIA Ltd in Newport, a new company specializing in Non-Destructive Testing and Training in Aerospace, read the full story…

£10m water quality laboratory opens

A £10.4m water quality laboratory which has created 50 new jobs has been opened in Newport by Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water, read the full story…

City embraces digital economy

The South Wales Argus reports that Newport and Cwmbran have the highest concentration of technology based businesses in Wales, according to a new report commissioned by the search engine Google, read the full story…

Investment in city’s superfast broadband – businesses urged to sign up

Newport City Council has received confirmation that Newport will receive up to £6 million to help deliver a local superfast broadband scheme, read the full story…

Newport City Council launches low interest business loans

Newport City Council cabinet member for regeneration, Councillor John Richards, is encouraging businesses in the city to consider a low interest loan from the council, read the full story…

Welsh Government supports Newport regeneration

Economy Minister, Edwina Hart, has approved £1.5m Welsh Government funding to kick start the multi-million pound redevelopment of Newport city centre, read the full story…

Expansion for Newport chemical plant

A chemical plant in Newport is to be expanded and increase its capacity by more than 50 per cent as part of a multimillion-pound investment, read the full story…

£39M development set to breathe new life into Old Town Dock

Proposals to transform an important, 12-acre site on the edge of Newport City Centre into a new, “sustainable suburb” have been unveiled, read the full story

Next and Top Shop sign for Friars Walk

Queensberry Real Estate has announced that Next and Top Shop have exchanged on 20,000 sq ft (1,850sqm) and 10,000 sq ft (925 sqm) units respectively at the Friars Walk development, read the full story…

Former Olympian and Commonwealth champion to address south Wales business community

Derek Redmond, the former Olympian and Commonwealth champion, will draw on his experience as an international sportsman when he addresses the Welsh business community at the Celtic Manor on Monday 10 June, read the full story

Growth leads to move for Gocompare

Price comparison website business GoCompare has relocated to a larger site for future growth. The Newport-headquartered business, founded by Hayley Parsons, has moved to a 26,000 sq ft office at Imperial Park, read the full story…

Graduates to benefit from exciting new business incubation centre
Graduates of the University of South Wales can benefit from an exciting new business incubation centre based in Newport. read the full story…

Newport Jobs and Careers Fair
Newport City Council and Jobcentre Plus are working closely together to bring employment opportunities to the city, read the full story…

University of South Wales is launched
The University, with campuses in Newport, is among the top 10 campus universities in the UK for size and provides Wales with a major regional university, read the full story…

Recognising excellence in the Newport construction industry
Achievement and excellence in the construction sector have been recognised in a ceremony held in Newport, read the full story…

GoCompare,com shows support for city
Newport-based GoCompare.com has shown its support for the city by acquiring 26,000 sq ft of office space at Imperial House, read the full story…

Orb Electrical Steels scoops Wales Innovation Award
A Newport-based manufacturer of hi-tech steels has been honoured with the prestigious Wales Innovation Award, read the full story…

Wales and West Utilities acquires £1.3m Newport depot
Wales & West Utilities has acquired the £1.3m freehold of a major warehouse unit on the Reevesland Industrial Estate in Newport as the new site for its central store, read the full story…

Firm conveys confidence with city expansion

A South Wales law firm has demonstrated its confidence in Newport by expanding its office space in the city centre, read the full story…

Housing “boom time” for Newport as homes prices soar
Newport’s residential property market is moving from strength to strength, with house price increases outstripping the national average, according to a new report, read the full story…

Ultrafast broadband coming to Newport

Newport’s economy is set to move into the fast lane with the announcement today of a multi-million pound investment in the city’s broadband, read the full story…

Business Breakfast Event 23 November 2012 - Newport: The Next Chapter

In recent years Newport has undergone a huge transformation – from being awarded city status to hosting the Ryder Cup, one of sport’s largest events. So what does the future hold for Newport. The key organisations in Newport discuss planned events. For further information and to book a free place visit South Wales Chamber of Commerce website.

JoJo Maman Bébé acquires new head office premises in Newport

JoJo Maman Bébé, the baby and maternity goods retailer, has taken space at Reevesland Industrial Estate in Newport for its head office, read the full story…

Energy Efficient Advice for Newport Businesses

Carbon Trust Wales is partnering with Newport City Council and the Welsh Government Regional Centre Service to hold a carbon reduction seminar for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), read the full story…

Alacrity Foundation opens in Newport

The Alacrity Foundation – a unique initiative to help the UK’s brightest graduates to set up a new generation of high-tech companies in Wales – has been officially opened in Newport by Welsh Government Minister Edwina Hart and Sir Terry Matthews, read the full story…

Newport businessman serves up festival support

The Backyard Company is the main sponsor of the 2012 Newport Food Festival and plans relocation to the city, read the full story…

New firms hit record high

More new companies were set up in Gwent in the second quarter of the year than in the same period in all previous years on record, new figures show, read the full story…

Welsh businesses launch global online networking platform ‐ Wales World Wide

A global online networking and marketing platform for Welsh businesses has been launched to promote exports and inward investment, read the full story…

Fashion Design Graduates are putting Newport on the world map

Two of this year’s Fashion Design graduates from the University of Wales, Newport are already making waves in the fashion industry, with interest from design companies across the UK and beyond, read the full story…

Newport businesses included in FastGrowth50.com survey

Two of Wales’ fastest growing businesses are based in Newport according to the 2011 Fast Growth 50 survey, read the full story…

New infrastructure work gets underway at Old Town Dock

Newport Unlimited has commissioned advanced infrastructure and landscaping work on the final sites at Old Town Dock which will complete the development of some 45 acres of land

Friar’s Walk gets go-ahead

Newport’s Friars Walk retail and leisure scheme has been given planning permission by the city council’s planning committee, read the full story…

Business start-ups in Newport and Monmouthshire most likely to hit £100,000 turnover mark

Figures for Wales published by Barclays show that firms started in Newport and Monmouthshire in the past three years were most likely to have hit the £100,000 turnover mark (12.04%), read the full story…

Newport firm named Welsh Company of the Year at Chamber Awards

A Newport manufacturing company that has successfully ridden out the recession and is on course for a record turnover of £9 million has been crowned Welsh Company of the Year at the South Wales Chamber Awards, read the full story…

Recognising excellence in Newport construction industry

Achievement and excellence in the construction sector were recognised in a ceremony held in Newport on 3 February, read the full story…

Newport and Cardiff in inward investment bid

Newport and Cardiff will work together to attract investment to south east Wales with a joint push at the international MIPIM property show in March, read the full story…

Newport food firm captures 60% of UK Maple Syrup market

Newport-based business, Clarks UK Ltd, has become the biggest producer and supplier of maple syrup in the UK, capturing 60 per cent of the market in just three years, read the full story…

Economic Development Strategy

Newport City Council has published its Economic Development Strategy (pdf) for the period 2011 – 2015

Admiral announces plans to move to new city centre office in Newport

Admiral Group plc has announced provisional plans to take a 20-year lease on a new 77,000 sq ft office building in Newport city centre, read the full story…

New Alacrity Foundation Graduate Entrepreneurship Programme

Newport will be the HQ for the next generation of entrepreneurs as Udex House (to be renamed Alacrity House) in the heart of the city centre becomes the home of a new Alacrity Foundation Graduate Entrepreneurship programme, read the full story…

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