Who we are
Torfaen lies in the South East corner of Wales and offers good transport links to the UK market. With 91,200 residents in three communities it has excellent road infrastructure, existing premises ready for use and prime sites for investment.
The town of Cwmbran forms the south of Torfaen. At the heart of the valley is Pontypool which forms the focus for local government and administration. The town provide key services and facilities to the communities in north Torfaen.
In the north lies the town of Blaenavon, famous as a World Heritage site, and now the location for the Shared Resource Service that lies at the heart of our approach to transformation.
The whole of Torfaen is eligible for significant investment funding assistance from Welsh Government and European sources.
In 2012, there were approximately 37,000 people in employment with a further 2,500 self-employed. The number of people employed in the finance, IT and business sector has seen an increase as we set out on our journey to being the green, connected gateway to the Valleys.
What we do
Torfaen Economy, Enterprise & Environment is the vehicle that will deliver long term, sustainable economic growth for Torfaen that will provide direct and specialist support for businesses in the borough. Traditional industries will be supported alongside a focussed drive towards growing our digital and green businesses, as well as securing inward investment projects as a result of our key assets – our place, our people and our heritage.
Our brief range of services includes:
- A one-stop shop for business advice and support
- Inward Investment Support
- Free and confidential advice on a wide range of business topics
- Help with financial assistance
- Marketing Advice
- Commercial Property Register
- Local Business Club (Torfaen Business Voice)
- New business support
An excellent strategic business location – a few minutes from the M4 motorway and close to the Severn Bridge, with excellent road links between Cwmbran in the south, leading north through the vibrant town of Pontypool to Blaenavon at the head of the valley, rich with cultural heritage.
Excellent motorway access means Torfaen is just 2 hours from London and 30 minutes from Bristol and Cardiff via the M4. The county is just 90 minutes from Birmingham via the M50. These good road links provide easy access to local, regional and national airports in Cardiff, Bristol and Birmingham. Good rail access to major cities is available from both Cwmbran and Newport station which lies 10 minutes to the south of Torfaen.
A digitally connected green gateway to the Valleys – utilising innovative digital technologies to connect our residents, businesses and public services to provide exciting growth opportunities for business start-ups, entrepreneurs and established businesses. Our Springboard Business Innovation Centre ~ Wales has an established track-record in supporting the development of knowledge economy and high tech businesses.
Targeted support for your business – with a team of experienced business advisors we can help your business to flourish and thrive, offering a range of impartial services including business planning and advice, marketing and environmental advice, together with financial support and a specialist, tailored inward investment package.