Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

Economy : Retail

๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ Cardiff is the capital city and one of the 22 principal areas of Wales. It is Wales' largest city, the eleventh-largest city in England, Scotland & Wales, the main commercial centre of Wales. Cardiff Built-up Area covers a larger area outside the county boundary, including the towns of Dinas Powys and Penarth. It is the most popular tourist destination in Wales.

Cardiff Bay contains the Senedd building housing the Welsh Parliament and the Wales Millennium Centre arts complex. Work continues at Cardiff Bay and in the centre, on projects such as Cardiff International Sports Village, BBC drama village, and a new business district.

Economy As the capital city of Wales, Cardiff is the main engine of growth in the Welsh economy. Though the population of Cardiff is about 10% of the Welsh population, the economy of Cardiff makes up nearly 20% of Welsh GDP and 40% of the city's workforce are daily in-commuters from the surrounding South Wales area.

Industry has played a major part in Cardiff's development for many centuries. The main catalyst for its transformation from a small town into a big city was the demand for coal required in making iron and later steel. At its peak, Cardiff's port area, known as Tiger Bay, became the busiest port in the world and over 3 million tonnes of cargo passed through the docks in 2007.

Cardiff today is the main finance and business services centre in Wales, with strong representation of finance and business services in the local economy. This sector, combined with the public administration, education and health sectors, have accounted for about 75% of Cardiff's recent economic growth. The city was recently placed seventh overall in the top 50 European cities in the fDI Cities of the Future list published by the fDi magazine, and ranked seventh in terms of attracting foreign investment. Notable companies such as Legal & General, Admiral Insurance, HBOS, Zurich, ING Direct, The AA, Principality Building Society, 118118, British Gas, Brains, SWALEC Energy and BT, all operate large national or regional headquarters and contact centres in the city, some of them based in Cardiff's office towers such as Capital Tower and Brunel House. Other major employers include NHS Wales and the Senedd.

Cardiff is one of the most popular tourist destinations in England, Scotland & Wales, receiving 18.3 million visitors in 2010 and generating ยฃ852 million for the city's economy. One result is that one in five employees in Cardiff is based in the distribution, hotels and restaurants sector, highlighting the growing retail and tourism industries in the city. The city has many hotels of varying sizes and standards, providing almost 9,000 available beds.

Cardiff is home to the Welsh media and a large media sector with BBC Cymru Wales, S4C and ITV Wales all having studios in the city. There is a large independent TV production industry sector of over 600 companies, employing around 6,000, with a turnover estimated at ยฃ350 million. Just to the north-west of the city, in Rhondda Cynon Taff, the first completely new film studios in the UK for 30 years are being built, to be named Valleywood. The studios are set to be the biggest in the UK. In 2011 the BBC completed the Roath Lock studios in Cardiff Bay to film dramas such as Casualty, Doctor Who, and Pobol y Cwm.

Cardiff has several regeneration projects, such as St David's 2 Centre and surrounding areas of the city centre, and the ยฃ1.4 billion International Sports Village in Cardiff Bay, which played a part in the London 2012 Olympics. It features the only Olympic-standard swimming pool in Wales, the Cardiff International Pool.

According to the Welsh Rugby Union, the Principality Stadium contributed ยฃ1 billion to the Welsh economy in the ten years after it opened in 1999, with around 85% of that staying in the Cardiff area.

Economy: Retail Most of Cardiff's shopping portfolio is in the city centre around Queen Street, St Mary Street and High Street, with large suburban retail parks in Cardiff Bay, Culverhouse Cross, Leckwith, Newport Road and Pontprennau, together with markets in the city centre and Splott. A ยฃ675 million regeneration programme for Cardiff's St. David's Centre was completed in 2009, providing a total of 1,400,000ย sqย ft (130,000ย mยฒ) of shopping space, making it one of the largest shopping centres in the United Kingdom. The centre was named the international shopping centre of the year in 2010 by Retail Leisure International (RLI).

The Castle Quarter is a commercial area in the north of the city centre, which includes some of Cardiff's Victorian and Edwardian arcades: Castle Arcade, Morgan Arcade and Royal Arcade, and principal shopping streets: St Mary Street, High Street, The Hayes, and Queen Street.

Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom 
<b>Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom</b>
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Cardiff is rated Sufficiency by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network (GaWC) which evaluates and ranks the relationships between world cities in the context of globalisation. Sufficiency level cities are cities that have a sufficient degree of services so as not to be overly dependent on world cities.

Cardiff was ranked #1073 by the Nomad List which evaluates and ranks remote work hubs by cost, internet, fun and safety. Cardiff has a population of over 353,000 people. Cardiff also forms part of the wider Cardiff and South Wales valleys metropolitan area which has a population of over 1,140,165 people. Cardiff is the #53 hipster city in the world, with a hipster score of 5.4012 according to the Hipster Index which evaluates and ranks the major cities of the world according to the number of vegan eateries, coffee shops, tattoo studios, vintage boutiques, and record stores. Cardiff is ranked #256 for startups with a score of 1.259.

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Twin Towns, Sister Cities Cardiff has links with:

๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท Fรฉcamp, France ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Karlskoga, Sweden ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Luhansk, Ukraine ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท Nantes, France ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ Siming District, China ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Stuttgart, Germany ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ด Sucre, Bolivia ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ Xiamen, China
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  • Edwin Seward |

    Architect Edwin Seward is associated with Cardiff.

  • William Burges |

    ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ Architect/Jewellery/Stained Glass/Furniture Designer William Burges is associated with Cardiff. Many of his designs, particularly his painted furniture, anticipate the Arts and Crafts movement.

  • Thomas Stewart Inglis |

    Architect Thomas Stewart Inglis is associated with Cardiff.

  • Arthur Beresford Pite |

    ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ Architect/Illustrator/Painter Arthur Beresford Pite is associated with Cardiff. Pite was a founder of the Art Workers Guild and President of the AA.

  • David Milne |

    Architect David [Architect] Milne is associated with Cardiff.

  • James Garden Laing |

    ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ Painter/Architect James Garden Laing is associated with Cardiff. He was elected a member of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolours in 1885.

  • Axel Herman Haig |

    ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ Painter/Etcher/Illustrator/Architect Axel Herman Haig is associated with Cardiff. Haig produced perspective drawings for the leading architects of the day.

  • John Prichard |

    ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ Architect John Prichard is associated with Cardiff.

  • Harry Lawrence Dighton Pearson |

    ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ Architect Harry Lawrence Dighton Pearson is associated with Cardiff. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (FRIBA) in 1907.

  • William Henry White |

    ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ Architect William Henry White is associated with Cardiff. He also became a Fellow of the Royal Sanitary Institute (FRSI).

  • James Glen Sivewright Gibson |

    ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ Architect James Glen Sivewright Gibson is associated with Cardiff. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (FRIBA) in 1902.

  • Thomas Leonard Vesper |

    ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ Architect Thomas Leonard Vesper is associated with Cardiff. He was awarded first place in a competition to design the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff.

  • Albert Hemstock Hodge |

    ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ Sculptor/Architect Albert Hemstock Hodge is associated with Cardiff. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1907.

  • Henry Vaughan Lanchester |

    ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ Architect/Town Planner Henry Vaughan Lanchester is associated with Cardiff. He was editor of The Builder from 1910 to 1912.

  • Harry Smith Fairhurst |

    ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ Architect/Painter/Etcher Harry Smith Fairhurst is associated with Cardiff. He was a member of the Manchester Society of Architects and its President in 1926โ€“27.

  • Clough Williams-Ellis |

    ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ Architect Clough Williams-Ellis is associated with Cardiff. He was an active supporter of the National Trust, and the Council for the Protection of Rural England.

  • Clement John Picton |

    ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ Architect Clement John Picton is associated with Cardiff. He was elected an Associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects (LRIBA) in 1925.

  • James Grey West |

    ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ Architect James Grey West is associated with Cardiff. He was knighted for services to architecture in 1938.

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