Business

A place for business and innovation, connected to the world.

Barry is a fantastic place to work. The town is a hotbed of ambitious SMEs (small and medium sized enterprises) as well as a base for some well-established companies including Aston Martin, Lignia, Goodwash, Dow Silicones and Cabot Carbon. There’s a new enterprise zone on our doorstep and we’re developing more business space.

What was once one of the world’s busiest industrial ports now provides a canvas for prime quayside development opportunities. It offers an opportunity to build water focused leisure amenities, hotels, cafes restaurants, housing and business spaces that will support Barry to flourish and connect the popular resort of Barry Island with the historic town. 

The town offers excellent road and rail links, and a working port on the doorstep. Cardiff International Airport is only a few miles to the west. Being so well linked to the world is an asset. 

While Barry was founded on coal and heavy industry, we know that our future depends on a commitment to cutting carbon. That’s why we’re investing in district heating schemes and why renewable and alternative forms of energy are central to our future planning. Currently Barry has six solar farms, with Associated British Ports developing another in the Barry Docks area.

Two people working at Academy Coffee

Our history of coal export, international trade and communities built on diversity has informed the vibrant entrepreneurial spirit we find in the town today. We want to support entrepreneurs and businesses to thrive here, while enjoying the excellent work-life balance that Barry offers.

Find out more about the business support available.

 

The Barry Story

Upcoming Events

Barry has a busy programme of annual events ranging from open-air cinema, triathlons, Gwyl Fach y Fro and artist-led events.