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About Cardiff, the capital difference


Cardiff provides clear cost advantages with competitive operating costs in comparison with other major UK cities. With the security of a large and skilled workforce, the city and surrounding region has an extremely attractive proposition.

Quality of Life

Cardiff and the surrounding Region boast a highly sought after and unrivalled quality of life and is consistently recognised as one of the best cities to live in by residents. The EU Quality of Life in European Cities survey Cardiff was voted the number 1 UK Core City for quality of life.


With 69% of the population of Cardiff of working age, and access to almost one million people of working age within the city’s Capital Region, our workforce is sought after.  Cardiff also benefits from one of the greatest proportions of graduates in the workforce of any UK city with 55% of the workforce having a qualification at NVQ4+ or above, and more than a third of the city’s graduates choose to stay and work in the Cardiff Capital Region in the long term.


Cardiff is in a strategically strong position with excellent access to the national motorway and mainline rail networks. The £1 billion metro investment will see a significant increase in speed, capacity and frequency of the core city-region transport system and will make the city even more accessible and attractive to locate to.


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