Newport: A City on the Rise

  • Tailored help for new business

    Newport City Council and Tata Steel subsidiary UK Steel Enterprise (UKSE) run a joint grant scheme to help new businesses.

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  • Budding entrepreneurs bag space in Newport Market competition

    Budding entrepreneurs bag space in Newport Market competition

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  • Planning go-ahead for Wales International Convention Centre

    Wales International Convention Centre planning permission approved

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  • Projects set to make city centre more vibrant

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Newport - Wales’ third largest city - continues with one of the most significant regeneration programmes in the UK, with investments delivering huge transformation and creating new business opportunities.

Newport’s international profile has grown following the successful hosting of the Nato Summit in 2014 and the Ryder Cup in 2010, proving we have the ability, infrastructure and energy to deliver global events.

In February 2017 work began on a new £100 million International Convention Centre Wales at the Celtic Manor Resort which will bring a £70 million economic benefit and 100,000 bedroom nights to the area every year.

To the east of the city, a £1 billion investment is transforming the 600 acre former Llanwern Steelworks site into Glan Llyn, an impressive sustainable community which is set to deliver 4,000 new homes and 6,000 new jobs over the next 20 years.

On 12 November 2015 the doors of the new Friars Walk retail and leisure scheme opened, delivered by Queensberry Real Estate with a loan provided by Newport City Council in a bold move that has proved a catalyst for further investment.

Newport City Council has been awarded over £17 million by Welsh Government under the Vibrant and Viable Places (VVP) programme which has seen landmark city centre properties transformed into attractive accommodation and commercial space. VVP is expected to lead to further investment thanks to partnerships with the third and private sectors.

Through VVP and the Friars Walk scheme some 1,271 jobs, including opportunities for work-based learning and skills development, have been created and 78 new and 32 improved homes brought to the city centre with more to come.

Investment has enabled the most extensive transformation of the city centre in generations, re-establishing Newport as a vibrant, modern destination of choice.

Key investment focused partnerships such as the Newport Economic Network, Cardiff Capital Region, Great Western Cities and the Cardiff City Deal will also benefit the economy.

Newport City Council is the first council in Wales to adopt the Digital Inclusion Charter as a whole organisation.

With ambition running high, planned investments, innovative businesses and sites ripe for development, Newport is truly a city on the rise.

Read what makes Newport an attractive location for businesses.

Find out what support is available to businesses in Newport.

Follow the links for further information about projects being delivered by the city council and our partners.

Together they are ensuring that Newport really is a city on the rise.