Investing in Flintshire
Why invest in Flintshire?
Flintshire County Council puts the economy and investment at the very top of its list of priorities. We are very proud of what has been achieved here, Flintshire is now the centre of the UK’s aerospace industry, with one of only two centres in the world capable of building ‘big wings’ for the civil aviation industry. It is the ‘engine’ for the North Wales economy and with its neighbouring authority areas of Chester, Wrexham and Denbighshire, is part of one of the most buoyant economic sub regions in the UK.
Flintshire has developed as a major economic centre through the last twenty years. Almost uniquely in the UK, manufacturing remains at the heart of the local economy, providing 34% of all jobs (the figure for the UK is 13%). High value manufacturing is central here with aerospace, automotive components, specialty chemicals, food and paper and packaging, all well represented. The massive Airbus UK plant at Broughton now employs 7,000 people and is understood to be the largest manufacturing plant in the UK. Every wing for each one of the 3,000 Airbus aircraft produced since the 1970’s, has been manufactured in Flintshire.
The UPM Kymenne paper plant at Shotton supplies 25% of the UK demand for newsprint and is located alongside the Toyota UK engine plant, which is a European Centre of Excellence. Other well known names locally include Kimberley Clark, Iceland, Kingspan, Ifor Williams Trailers, Corus and Warwick International.
Flintshire is also home to a growing IT and financial services sector, with moneysupermarket.com and Unilever’s Global IT Service Centre both located at St Davids Park, Ewloe and DARA (Defence Avionics Repairs Agency) at Sealand.
Sustainable energy generation is becoming a more significant part of the local economy. At Port Of Mostyn, Flintshire has the most successful offshore wind servicing and support centre on the west coast of Britain. Windfarms as far away as the Solway Firth are supported from Mostyn and the largest offshore windfarm currently in Europe – Gwynt y Mor- will be developed and supported from Port of Mostyn.
The Council welcomes investment, whether this is from existing or new businesses. The future prosperity of our area depends upon the quality and success of local businesses and the Council will do all that it can to ensure that Flintshire remains a good place to do business.
Flintshire County Council is a key player in the provision of business support in Flintshire. In addition to providing an integrated range of services, we have a reputation for integrity and a tradition of partnership working with private, public and voluntary organisations. Our approach ensures that a quality service is developed and delivered within an integrated and quality framework, where customer needs are paramount.