Work Life Balance

Take the Wales Way

For many thriving international businesses, it’s all about the connections.

Aston Martin exports over 80% of its production, so Wales' strong transport links were the driving force behind its expansion to Cymru. Not to mention the stunning views from Wales' driving route - The Wales Way.

With Cardiff Airport and London travel links close by, south Wales was first choice for global aid finance management company Disberse. And vibrant Barry Island is only a stone’s throw away…

Happiness and wellbeing can do wonders for business growth. MoneyPenny regularly features in The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies To Work For, and with a cool new office space surrounded by rolling Welsh hills, it’s no wonder.

But it’s not always about starting fresh. After a jeans factory in Cardigan closed down decades ago, global brand The Hiut Denim Company brought manufacturing back home, making the most of the skills on its doorstep. This stunning river-side town uses rare denim from around the world – handcrafts them in Cardigan and sells around the world.

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This is Wales, this is balance

Wales’ economic action plan is about supporting people and companies to stimulate growth, increase productivity and make Wales a fairer and more competitive nation. And Wales’ work-life balance and relaxed pace also leads to happier, healthier people. Just jump in your car, travel a few miles and you’re at the coast.

Perhaps that’s why those born in Wales often venture back – like Sian Sykes, owner of Psyched Paddleboarding. With stunning landscapes and tranquil lakes at the heart of her paddleboarding experiences, her business has really made a splash in North Wales.

Adam Palfrey also moved back to Wales from Singapore for the community and the connections, starting Refreshing Agency. Same global benefits and success, just from the comfort of home.

Location was key for director of Edukey Duncan Wilson’s work-life balance, too. His global education company is run from an office overlooking the Welsh coast, with staff finding plenty of time to get out on the waves after hours.

Shaping the future

Wales is a place to be inspired, to learn and to grow – for employees and employers. It’s a country of innovation.

Multi-million-pound global technology company SPTS Technology praises Wales for its pool of talent, great education and the growing opportunity for worldwide business.

As does GE Aviation – creator of the world’s largest and most powerful jet engine. Its award-winning apprenticeship programme has really taken off, attracting over 800 applications every year!

Thermal Compaction Group are changing the game when it comes to sustainability – the NHS is already benefitting from the award-winning technical thinking. And as the business looks to expand, local college and university talent will be its first point of call.

Key Facts

Rough Guides says that 'Wales is the most beguiling part of the British Isles'. TripAdvisor named Rhossili Bay in Gower, Wales, as the best beach in Britain and the ninth best beach in the world. Our 1,400km Coastal Path was named by the Lonely Planet guide as 'the best region on earth to visit'.

Key Facts

There are 3,600 tech businesses in Wales, including over 400 electronics businesses and more than 250 telecoms-related companies.

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The Welsh Life Sciences industry currently employs more than 12,000 people, in over 360 companies ranging from SMEs and start-ups to large blue chips, with an approximate turnover of £2bn.

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Every 2 seconds, an aircraft with a GE engine takes off somewhere in the world. The GE9X – maintained in Wales - is the most powerful and fuel-efficient jet engine in the world.

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