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Commerce and Industry

Commerce & Industry

Commerce and IndustryBarry boasts easy access to a number of the large supermarket chains, including Waitrose, Morrison’s, Lidl, Tesco and the Co-op. There are two primary shopping areas, Holton Road and Broad Street/High Street, each with well-established and active trading associations, whilst the Chamber of Trade and Commerce has members throughout the town.All the main banks and most of the largest building societies have branches in the town, mostly on Holton Road. In addition, there are the usual financial and retail services you would expect from a town of this size.

Industrial Barry

The industrial scene is dominated by chemical producers, such as Dow Corning who a few years ago constructed the largest silicon production plant in Europe here. Also there are Ineos Chlor, Zeon and Cabot Carbon. Other key employers in Barry Docks are Dunn Brothers, Scott Timber, Evans & Reid, Western Welding and Engineering, JT Evans, Harris Pye, Jewson's, Rank Hovis, Vopak and Associated British Ports.

The area to the North of No.1 Dock was home to Woodham’s Scrap Yard, which became famous throughout Britain as the “Graveyard of Steam”, a rare attraction for steam railway enthusiasts and preservationists. The locomotives are now long gone.

Adjacent to the docks is the 87-acre Atlantic Trading Estate, a former military depot. On the north side of Cardiff Road is Ty Verlon Industrial Estate, established by the former Welsh Development Agency. Nearby, Palmerston Trading Estate has accommodation for a range of businesses.

The Waterfront

Despite the decline in its former dock-trading, Barry retains a surprising variety of industrial and commercial activities. It has land available for new industries or for the expansion of existing ones. The good road and rail links and nearness to a regional airport are also important factors.

The Waterfront regeneration programme is well under way on land formerly owned by Associated British Ports. The project aims to create 1,000 new homes, many of which have now been built, as well as creating an estimated 2,000 jobs, retail developments, sports and leisure facilities.

The Waterfront development may well provide the key to the Town’s future prosperity, offering a first-class location for new investment.
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