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Cardiff, the capital city of Wales, is a proud city with a rich heritage and a compelling vision for the future.

The city is the commercial, cultural and retail centre for Wales and the focal point for business activity. Cardiff is the fastest growing UK Core City and its wider Capital Region with its population of 1.5 million is projected to grow by more than 20% over the next 20 years.

The city’s growth is supported by its world-class universities and highly-qualified graduate workforce, great connections with the rest of the UK and Europe, and a business community that includes major companies, entrepreneurs and innovators who are amongst the best in the world.

For more than 200 years the city has welcomed workers from across the globe.  Today, the city is home to over a hundred different nationalities with a broad range of language skills.  Companies based in the Capital Region report a good experience of recruiting multi-lingual workers.

Cardiff’s broad economy is among the most competitive of the UK Core Cities.  The heavy industry of the past has given way to flourishing service and knowledge-driven sectors  The city’s recent development has seen internationally competitive clusters emerge in the financial, creative, life sciences and advanced manufacturing sectors, with some of the UK’s leading businesses in these sectors calling Cardiff home. Investors in the city are able to benefit from unprecedented access to Welsh Government and city government leaders meaning quick decisions can be made to support investment and development.

The growth of the city’s creative and digital sector is also driving the city’s resurgence.  Cardiff places culture, creativity and innovation front-and-centre because the city believes that the challenges it faces will be best met with creative solutions.

Cardiff is benefitting from continued investment in the city infrastructure, including a £1bn investment in a South Wales Metro which will see more frequent, more reliable and faster trains accessing nearly 100 stations across a network that has Cardiff as its core.

To top it all, quality of life is one of the big competitive advantages of Cardiff. Residents consistently rank the city as one of the best European cities to live in.  Befitting a capital city, Cardiff is home to world-class sporting and cultural institutions and has a growing reputation as a first class destination for leisure, culture, retail and business, hosting the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final, Rugby World Cup, FA Cup Finals, IAAF World Marathon, Volvo Ocean Race, Ashes test matches and a NATO Summit.

For those with a passion for outdoor pursuits, Cardiff has more green space per person than any other UK Core City and in South Wales the whole range of activities are on offer, all in some of the most beautiful heritage coastline and national parkland to be found in Europe.

Lovers of the arts enjoy Cardiff’s rich and varied cultural life as befits the capital city of a bilingual nation. Cardiff Bay’s Millennium Centre has established itself as a world-class venue and the city is home to national institutions with international reputations including the Welsh National Opera, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the National Museum Cardiff.

Simply put, people love living and working in Cardiff – a city which makes it easy to find a great work/life balance.

Cllr Huw Thomas Leader of Cardiff Council
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