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Enterprise Zones offer specific incentives to attract new business to prime locations in Wales using a tailor-made Welsh solution.

Enterprise Zones objectives are to:

  • grow the local economy and provision of new jobs
  • act as a catalyst for growth elsewhere in Wales
  • improve the attractiveness of the Enterprise Zone for investors
  • strengthen the competitiveness of the Welsh economy.

Each area focuses on a key target sector. The sector approach is a crucial part of Welsh Government's continued commitment to creating jobs and sustainable growth.

There are 8 zones:

  • Anglesey - focusing on the energy sector
  • Central Cardiff - focusing on financial and professional services sector
  • Deeside - focusing on the advanced manufacturing sector 
  • Ebbw Vale - focusing on the advanced manufacturing sector
  • Haven Waterway - focusing on the energy and environment sector
  • Snowdonia - focusing on the energy and environment and ICT sectors
  • Cardiff Airport and St Athan Enterprise Zone - focusing on the aerospace sector
  • Port Talbot Waterfront - focusing on the advanced manufacturing, energy and environment and construction sectors.

Enterprise Zone Boards

Each Enterprise Zone has an independent private-sector led advisory board.

The role of the Enterprise Zone Boards is to advise the Welsh Government on the implementation and delivery of action plans and priorities for the Zones, including:

  • strategic advice towards investment opportunities
  • encouraging supply chain development
  • identifying property and infrastructure needs
  • marketing and promotion of Enterprise Boards.

Each board can be found on the Enterprise Zones Wales specific Zone.

Enhanced Capital Allowances

HM Treasury offers Enhanced Capital Allowances (ECAs) at certain sites within a number of designated Enterprise across the UK where there is a strong focus on manufacturing.

Introduced in the 2012 Finance Act, ECAs enable businesses to claim a 100% first year allowance for the capital cost of investment in plant and equipment made before 31 March 2020.

You can find more details of the scheme on the HMRC website (external link).

In Wales, ECAs are available within designated areas at:

  • Deeside Enterprise Zone
  • Ebbw Vale
  • Haven Waterway Enterprise Zone
  • Port Talbot Waterfront.

Tier 1 areas

Anglesey, Ebbw Vale, Haven Waterway and Snowdonia Enterprise Zones are located within Tier 1 areas, which means that companies within these Zones can potentially benefit from the highest level of grant aid in the UK.

Enterprise Zone business rates scheme

The Enterprise Zones Business Rates Scheme (EZBRS) has been available since 2012 as a means of providing financial assistance for business rates liabilities incurred by small and medium-sized businesses located in a Welsh Enterprise Zone. 

This round will be targeted at businesses which have located into one of the 8 Welsh Enterprise Zones during the current financial year and which can demonstrate that they are actively operating their business from the premises for which they are seeking EZBRS support.

To be eligible a Company must be able to satisfy the following criteria:

  • located within the boundary of a Welsh Enterprise Zone
  • registered to pay Business Rates
  • located into one of the 8 Welsh Enterprise Zones on or after 1st April 2017
  • within the parameters of the EU definition of an SME
  • not a business that serves only the local market as this could distort competition and merely displace or reduce existing jobs / sales of other businesses. Companies who primarily serve a niche market within the local area may still be eligible for support
  • not a business that is in a sector of the UK market which is already fully served
  • demonstrate that it is actively operating its business from the premises for which they are seeking EZBRS support.

Additionally, a business must be:

  • a new start


  • increasing its permanent full-time workforce  


  • able to demonstrate growth characteristics eg. Increased productivity; ongoing engagement in commercialisation / innovation / or R&D activity.

Eligible Companies can apply up to a maximum of £55,000 to offset the cost of their business rates incurred during 2017/18 financial year or their rates bill paid, whichever is the lower. 

Applications for this round can be made from 4 December – 30 March.

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Further information

Email the EZBRS team:

Website: Enterprise Zones Wales (external link).