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Wales Productivity Forum

Wales has a population of 3 million, concentrated in the areas of Swansea, Cardiff and Newport, the South Wales Valleys and the north-east corner. Wales has a strong industrial heritage, centred on coal, heavy manufacturing and industry with a shift towards service sectors, tourism and technology. Wales’ output per hour is 17.2% below the UK average and it has three of the 10 least productive parts of the UK, and none in the top 10.

Wales’ Productivity Challenge: Exploring the issues

Find out more about the historic context, key issues and future research priorities of productivity in Wales in our insights paper, which sits alongside an executive summary: a high-level overview highlighting its productivity picture, including a scattergraph showing the disparities on a NUTS3 level in comparison with the UK average, the primary drivers and bottlenecks, a SWOT analysis and a look to the future.

Insights Paper
Executive Summary

Key Contacts

Professor Andrew Henley

Wales Forum Lead
Cardiff University

Robert Lloyd Griffiths OBE

Wales Forum Chair
Non-executive Chair of Business Wales


Andrew Cooksley MBE

ACT Training

Chris Nott OBE

Capital Law

Cynthia Ogbonna

Non executive director

Dr Erin Gill


Dr Huw Morris

Welsh Government

Peter Marissen

Admiral Group

Professor David Blackaby

Swansea University

Professor Max Munday

Cardiff Business School

Professor Mike Woods

Aberystwyth University

Professor Melanie Jones

Cardiff Business School

Professor Gill Bristow

Cardiff University

Jonathan Price

Welsh Government

Professor Phil Brown

Cardiff University

Steve Dalton OBE

Sony UK Technology Centre

Professor Rick Delbridge

Cardiff Business School

Joanna Swash


Dr Janet Wademan

Van Helsing Limited

Rhian Elston

Development Bank of Wales

Dr Helen Tilley

Wales Centre for Public Policy

Pete Robertson

FDF Cymru Food and Drink Federation


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