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Economy Minister Lays Out Plans for North Wales Businesses at IoD Event


The Welsh Government minister for economy and infrastructure discussed his plans for North Wales at an Institute of Directors (IoD) lunch.

Ken Skates AM visited Soughton Hall in Mold, Flintshire for the event, where business leaders from across the region attended to hear the minister’s plan to boost the economy in Wales.

The minister spoke of his plans to support businesses, including better broadband and training schemes to keep workers in North Wales in an effort to boost the country’s productivity levels.

The Clywd South assembly member also spoke of his plan to make North Wales ‘open for business’ with plans for a metro system and ongoing consultations for work on the A483 and A494/A55 Deeside corridor.

He also thanked the IoD and its members for their contribution to growth in the region, emphasising the importance of adventure firms including Zipworld and Surf Snowdonia to North Wales’ reputation as a holiday destination.

Chair of IoD North Wales Helen Watson said:

“Ken always delivers professional and informative talks and his speech at the lunch was no exception.

“The IoD is in regular contact with the Welsh Government raising business concerns, and it’s clear Ken and his team are taking steps to help businesses find more opportunities to grow and be successful.

“We had a strong attendance with networking held alongside the minister’s address and I look forward to our next event.”

Ken, who has sat in the Welsh Government cabinet since 2011, has previously served as deputy minister for Skills and Technology, and deputy of Culture, Sport and Tourism.

The IoD is the longest-standing organisation to serve and support business leaders, with more than 100 years of service in raising professional standards.

You don’t need to be a company director to join the IoD. Senior managers are welcome from large public organisations to small family firms.

For more information about the IoD visit, or follow it on Twitter @IoD_NorthWales.