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Travel via the

scenic route

Experience a commute with views so wonderful that you’ll want to get a bit farther into it. 

Alternatively, take the vast horseshoe curving from one side of Wales to the other linking Welshpool, Machynlleth and Knighton. With two thousand square miles of breathtaking scenery and views that seem to go on for ever. 

In addition to open roads, we’ve got 18 train stations and a comprehensive bus network for a start, not to mention several narrow-gauge railways. For those shorter journeys to work, you could ride a bike for an epic cross country adventure.

Our Business

You'll be in

good company

With compelling incentives and first class business infrastructure within our Powys local growth zone, your business will be in excellent company within
Mid Wales. Powys’ range of skills, manufacturing services, connectivity and support networks across the county makes it an ideal location, whatever
your business.

Originally built on an agricultural economy, Mid Wales success runs even deeper today, playing host to some of the most diverse and advances businesses out there; we develop advanced motor and engineering systems, build hydrogen fuel cell cars and our renewable energy is in abundance thanks to local power generation.

In the Zone

Powys is conveniently located between a number of key  Enterprise Zones including:

  • Snowdonia (North) - Including Trawsfynydd as a hub for innovative low carbon technology enterprises and Snowdonia Aerospace Centre, forming Wales’ capability in Remotely Aircraft Systems (RPAS) with the possibility of hosting a proposed UK Spaceport.

  • Ebbw Vale (South) - Offering access to other manufacturing hubs in the UK including the west midlands.

  • Hereford, Skylon (East) - Strong sector focus on defense and security.

  • Port Talbot Waterfront (South West) - sectors including Advanced Materials and Manufacturing, Energy and Environment and Construction.

  • Deeside (North) - hosting a wide variety of advanced manufacturing centres within such industries as aerospace, automotive and processing engineering, construction and packaging


Thrive in the


Across the expansive county of Powys there is a 

huge variety of locations and premises to choose 

for your business to thrive in. 

Keen to encourage and help the development within Mid Wales, the county has been designated a Local Growth Zone by Welsh Government at key commercial centres including Severn Valley (Newtown and Welshpool), Llandrindod Wells, Brecon, and Ystradgynlais. 

Severn Valley Area

With close links to the Marches area of Shropshire and Herefordshire, the location has access to the Midlands, England’s North West and North Wales Enterprise Zones. 

The main business centres in the region include:

  • Welshpool

  • Newtown

  • Llanidloes

  • Llanfyllin

Central Mid Wales

A great central location in Wales with easy access to the Marches of Shropshire, Herefordshire and in towards the Midlands. 

The main business centres in the region include:

  • Rhayader

  • Llandrindod Wells

  • Builth Wells

  • Prestiegne

  • Knighton

  • Three Cocks

Dyfi Valley

Leading to the Dyfi Estuary, the valley is as near to the coast as you can be in Powys, with access to North West Wales and the University town of Aberyswyth. 

The main business centre in the region is:

  • Machynlleth

Brecon Beacons

Bordering the heads of the valleys area and Industrial South Wales, this area is close to the Enterprise Zone at EBBw Vale  and Hereford, providing access  to other manufacturing hubs and supply chains in the UK including the west midlands with connections to the M4/M5 motorway network through the trunk road.

The main business centres in the region include:

  • Brecon

  • Crickhowell

  • Talgarth

  • Hay-on-Wye

Upper Swansea Valley

Just 30 minutes from Swansea City Centre with access to the  M4 and A465, the area sits just outside of the Brecon Beacons National Park, providing businesses with the best of both worlds; a location close to a regional market and the only  part of Powys within Industrial South Wales.

The main business centre 

in the region is:

  • Ystradgynlais



Whilst the County has low unemployment there 

are high levels of part time employment creating 

underemployment and an available workforce.

The high potential for recruitment within full time roles across the county is due to the existing rise in part time roles and available workforce, with the Powys Stronger Communities programme identifying the potential for 10,000 new jobs across the country over the next five years (2016-21)

Powys is the most popular destination for those migrating into the country from south east England in comparison to the east Welsh border, the largest proportion of those are between the ages of 16-49 years old, with the county’s qualifications higher than the Wales average and a larger proportion of management occupations and skilled trades than the rest of the UK. 

Transport Links

Infrastructure &

Transport Links

Faster Connections

The Welsh government has invested heavily into the installation of fibre optic broadband networks across the main commercial towns and rural Wales, bringing our internet and mobile connectivity back into the 21st century and onto a  globally competitive level.


Air travel to London from Cardiff, Liverpool, and Manchester airports
means that London can be just 2.5 hours away from your door.

Public Transport

Rail services connect Aberystwyth to Shrewsbury across the north of the region and West Midlands to Birmingham Airport through the centre, linking Swansea and Shrewsbury, while the T4/T6 Traws Cymru long distance bus and regional “X” services provide public transport across the county.

Commercial Air Links

Exist outside of the region at Cardiff Wales Airport, Birmingham, Liverpool, and Manchester airports.

Nearest Sea Ports

The nearest commercial ports are outside the region at Holyhead, Fishguard, Pembroke, Swansea, and Cardiff and Liverpool.

The Roads to success

Powys is investing in better ways to improve connections throughout the county, with the recent Newtown by-pass investment creating faster journey times into key industrial sites within the area.

Help & Support


Powys comes equipped with mountains, hills, 

rivers and lakes. Swap the motorway queues for 

mountains moulded by nearly eight millennia of 

human activity.

Having local knowledge is always a big help. The County Council’s Regeneration Service provides help and support to guide businesses looking to relocate to this area. With links into local property, statutory services, and a close relationship with public sector support agencies we can link you up with the right people to make your move as smooth and straightforward as possible.

Move to Mid Wales

Regeneration and Corporate Property,

Powys County Council, County Hall, 

Spa Road East, Llandrindod Wells, 

Powys, LD1 5LG.

Tel: 01597 827656


*Approximate Journey Times

The key north – south road routes in the region are:

A470 (T) linking Cardiff and south Wales north through mid-Wales to Trawsfynydd and north Wales


The key east- west road routes in the region are:

  • A44 (T), A470(T), A489(T) and A458 (T) linking to the A49 (T) and A5 (T) and M54 in the Marches and onto the West Midlands.

  • A40 Linking south Powys to south west Wales and the A449, M4 and M50.

  • A483 (T) Linking Newtown to Wrexham, Merseyside, the M6 and Manchester.

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