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Bro Tathan to attract business, air and innovation to Wales

Today (Sept 30) Economy Minister Ken Skates will launch Bro Tathan – a business park in the Vale of Glamorgan offering strong links between Wales and the rest of the world.

Owned by the Welsh Government, Bro Tathan sits within the Cardiff Airport and Bro Tathan Enterprise Zone. Global property agent Savills has been commissioned to promote the business park’s unique mix of attractions:

  • a strategic employment site offering occupiers quick and serviced solutions, as well as space to grow through a range of design and build opportunities.
  • a ready-to-use commercial airfield on site, operated by Cardiff Airport.
  • a convenient location, less than five miles from Cardiff Airport with over 50 direct flights and more than 900 international connections.

The site has already attracted global car icon Aston Martin, and Bro Tathan will ultimately become the company’s ‘Home of Electrification’ when the planned BEV models enter production.

Many of the world’s primary aerospace businesses operate in the local area, including British Airways, Airbus, GE, and Nordam. Bro Tathan also currently hosts a HM Coastguard search and rescue (SAR) helicopter base, operated by Bristow Helicopters, providing vital life-saving support to fishing and other marine industries, as well as to land-based incidents including mountain rescue, missing persons and medical emergencies.

The launch event on 30 September is promoting the vision and huge potential of Bro Tathan to land and property developers and a range of business sectors and leaders.

Economy and Transport Minister Ken Skates said:

“Bro Tathan is a really exciting opportunity for the Welsh economy and the business park will be a site of genuine global interest. Our message today is clear; Wales is open for business.

“The area has a strong aerospace and defence heritage, along with access to the skills that businesses need to thrive. Bro Tathan has already proven its worth to a number of companies and I look forward to seeing it attract more in the future.”

Savills Director, Scott Caldwell, said:

“Bro Tathan’s considerable scale, strategic location and co-location with a commercial airfield represents a significant and exciting proposition here in Wales. We share Welsh Government’s ambition for the site, and look forward to showcasing the breadth of opportunity it offers to investors, developers and businesses in the UK and internationally.”

eCube Solutions, a global player in the aviation services industry, is already benefitting from the location’s unique selling point. eCube initially specialised in ‘end-of-life’ aircraft projects, and has subsequently developed its expertise to deliver complete solutions, ranging from aircraft parking and storage to inventory management and third party logistics, and has recently expanded into Spain.

Peter Dunsford, Business Director, said:

“For eCube Solutions, Bro Tathan has a unique combination of offerings – access to the South Wales pool of aviation talent, a regulated airfield with permanent Air Traffic Control, a runway which accommodates aircraft of all sizes, easy access to Cardiff, Cardiff airport and the M4/M1/M5. Last but not least, we have the backing of the Welsh Government, with the Airfield Development Team and Business Wales supporting our company’s development on a regular basis.”