Wales Election 2016

Wales election issue guide 2016: Business and economy

Parties listed alphabetically

  • Revive the Welsh Development Agency
  • Boost small firms by cutting business rates
  • Ensure more public contracts go to firms in Wales
  • National economic plan to put Wales on par with the rest of the UK
  • Ensure North Wales is integrated into opportunities from the UK government's "Northern Powerhouse" in England
  • Improving links between rural Wales and its key hinterlands
  • Support joint working between Welsh and English council areas which have close economic links
  • Give local councils the duty to promote economic development, devolving budget and staff to them
  • Prepare a sustainable infrastructure plan for next 50 years to place Wales at forefront of emerging global green economies
  • More apprenticeships across Wales
  • Support development of a level playing field for small and medium sized businesses
  • Incentives for green businesses to base themselves in Wales
  • Abolish business rates for all small businesses and taper relief from £12,000 to £15,000
  • Aim to deliver universal broadband and mobile coverage across Wales by 2019
  • Improve local access to finance for small businesses with a new regional development bank
  • Introduce aftercare for investors to boost inward investment and assist new companies moving into Wales in helping them retain skilled jobs
  • A Welsh development bank
  • Business rate cut for all small firms
  • Eradicated rogue and bad practice through our "powers of procurement"
  • A commitment for every property to have a fast, reliable broadband connection
  • Scrap enterprise zones and introduce growth zones providing tailored business support
  • Establish a Welsh development bank to support small businesses
  • Build a skilled modern workforce by investing in apprenticeships and universities
  • Hold crisis negotiations with BT Openreach and demand a timetable to ensure every hospital, university and school has superfast broadband by 2017

Other policy areas

Agriculture and natural resources

Culture and sport


Health and social care


Key pledges

Local government



Welsh language

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