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Newport

Newport is a multi-cultural city with its own unique atmosphere, where traditional industries sit alongside new electronics and financial service sectors.

Newport, the gateway to Wales, covers a geographical area of just over 73.5 square miles and is a vibrant, forward-thinking city steeped in a rich industrial heritage.

At the 2011 census the city’s population was recorded as 145,736, with an urban population of 306,844. Newport has a large minority ethnic community with over 100 different languages spoken.

Newport has been a port since medieval times, when a castle was built by the Normans. In the present day the port supports 3000 local jobs and contributes £186 million to the local economy; it is Wales’s leading general cargo port, handling in excess of 1.5 million tonnes of cargo every year globally, across a number of different cargo sectors, and is the UK’s second largest steel handling port by volume.  The size and depth of the South Quay Dock is capable of handling ocean-going liners.

Newport is home to leading insurance companies Gocompare and Admiral plc. IT and data services companies, with a number of blue chip clients, have also been attracted to Newport due to the physical security these sites offer and the area in general. Newport is becoming a “Super Connected City” through a multi-million pound investment in its broadband and digital connections. Recently announced is the partnership between Cityfibre and Logicalis to construct a ‘Community Safety Network’ – a high capacity resilient pure fibre ring - as part of the UK’s Public Sector Network (PSN) which aims to unify public sector network infrastructure procurement across the UK.

Newport is also home to the Office for National Statistics, the Intellectual Property Office, and Tata Steel.

Newport has an award winning university campus at the heart of the city. The Alacrity Foundation, set up a few years ago, is mentoring top graduates in entrepreneurship with a view to them establishing new technology companies.

Newport’s history also includes some great sporting achievements and Newport’s sporting links continue with new walking and cycle routes linking the city centre and its rural hinterland, Olympians and Paralympians have trained at the city’s velodrome and Wales’ top football players, coaches and keen young footballing talent develop their skills at the Football Association of Wales Centre of Excellence. Newport Gwent Dragons play at the improved stadium at Rodney Parade and Newport County AFC play in the 2nd division of the football league.

Newport boasts one of the very few transporter bridges left in the world, beautiful countryside and coast around Newport provides an excellent quality of life for its residents, one of Newport’s jewels is the wetlands nature reserve.

Newport is strategically placed on the M4 Corridor with excellent road and rail links to the cities of Bristol, Birmingham and London and to Cardiff, Bristol, Heathrow and Gatwick airports.

Newport hosted the NATO Summit in 2014 and the Ryder Cup in 2010 and will attract more world-class events once the new Wales International Convention Centre is built in the city.

Newport has an impressive inward investment and re-investment track record; the city ranks 3rd in a Lambert Smith Hampton study of the best office locations outside London and 7th out of 100 UK cities for robust economic growth to 2020. The city is also undergoing one of the largest regeneration programmes in the UK, with public/private sector investments potentially totalling £2 billion by 2020.  This includes £15 million from Welsh Government to invest in Vibrant and Viable Places to convert run-down city centre properties into new homes and spaces for business start-ups, stimulating further growth and business investment and furthering the vision to re-shape the life of the city centre.  Newport’s city centre retailers have recently voted to become a Business Improvement District.

In Newport we get things done, building new primary and secondary schools, new housing on brownfield sites and a major new retail and leisure development in the city centre is due for completion in November 2015.

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