Given the UK Government’s newly-launched commitment to “build back greener” on the foundations of Wales’ distinctive low-carbon and renewable energy resources, and in alignment with the Welsh Government’s decarbonised pathway towards a ‘Whole Energy System’, CCR is today launching a series of articles highlighting the work already being done, the huge changes ahead - and the undoubted opportunities we have to build a low carbon region where ‘prosperity for all’ is a very real possibility. In this first feature, we look at the ‘big picture’ that we face as a region, a country - and as a species.
We begin our series with a look back on the journey made from the inception of the CCR, assessing the foundations put in place and looking at the key developments and progress made in those four extraordinary years …
With the first UK Government Gateway review successfully concluded and as Cardiff Capital Region starts to transition from a ‘City Deal’ towards a much broader strategic regional approach, we’ll be marking the occasion by running a special ‘Reimagining our Region’ series of articles over the next few weeks.
Following a £4.4m landmark investment by the Cardiff Capital Region, Zip World, famed in North Wales for having the fastest zip line in the world, have brought their unique brand of adventure tourism to heart of the breath-taking Rhigos Mountains. Aiming to boost the South Welsh economy, while utilising the jaw-dropping landscape to breathe new life into this icon of the regions coal mining history, the site opened to the public on April 26. Keen to see this extraordinary transformation and witness the Zip World experience for ourselves, we caught up with Ellie Watkins, who manages all the local marketing activity, and the wider team to understand more about the past, present and future plans for Zip World Tower and what it’s like to actually work there.
Last autumn, we spoke with Leigh Hughes, Chair of the Cardiff Capital Region Regional Skills Partnership (CCRRSP), to get his perspective on how the 2019-2022 Skills Strategy had progressed through the shock of the pandemic. Six months further on, we caught up with Leigh for a spring update on what has been a surprisingly resilient two business quarters for many sectors ….
The UK Government has approved the next five years of funding for the Cardiff Capital Region City Deal, following a successful Gateway Review that highlighted “a number of significant successes across the Deal to date”.
At the height of the pandemic, Cardiff Capital Region made a £2 million equity investment in one of the most innovative healthcare enterprises in our region - and indeed anywhere in Europe. That company is Pharmatelligence: a unique and groundbreaking Healthcare Data Consultancy that over the past decade has built a global reputation for providing expert, independent, real-world evidence for healthcare services and the pharmaceutical industry.