Newport is a multi-cultural city with its own unique atmosphere, where traditional industries sit alongside new electronics and financial service sectors.
Standing at the gateway between England and Wales, Newport covers a geographical area of just over 73.5 square miles and is a vibrant, forward-thinking city steeped in a rich industrial heritage, dating from the nineteenth century when its important strategic location was first recognised.
After losing some of its core industries, the city is successfully proving that it can re-establish and adapt itself as a centre of modern industry and commerce
Newport: A City on the rise
The face of Newport is changing dramatically.
Newport s brand new retail and leisure complex, Friars Walk, opened 12th November 2015 to an incredible response - 102,000 visitors on opening day and 350,000 visitors over the first weekend.
Welcoming shoppers was a 90,000 sq ft full-offer Debenhams department store and an 8 screen Cineworld multiplex cinema. Fashion fans were able to enjoy the brand new Next, H&M, Topshop, New Look and River Island stores among other high street favourites including Mothercare, Schuh, The Body Shop and Pandora. Newport's dining offer saw a significant uplift with the opening of Las Iguanas, Nando s, TGI Friday s, GBK and Le Bistro Pierre. For those on the move, Greggs, Coffee #1 and Krispy Kreme offered additional food and drink options. More stores and restaurants will be opening in time for Christmas 2015.
Progress is also being made on Newport City Centre s Vibrant and Viable Places (VVP) programme. Through VVP, landmark city centre properties are being transformed and converted into new living accommodation and attractive commercial space. The Council was awarded 15 million by Welsh Government for the VVP programme, which is expected to lead to a total investment of 60 million in the city centre, thanks to partnerships with the third and private sectors.
Planning permission has been granted for the Wales International Convention Centre on land at the Celtic Manor Resort. Designed to attract major events from across the world, the proposed state-of-the-art auditorium, exhibition hall and associated facilities will have capacity for 4,000 delegates, making it the largest facility of its kind in Wales and the south west of England. The centre will build on Newport s reputation as an international centre for sports and business events, following its successful hosting of the NATO Summit and the Ryder Cup.
Completed projects and investments have already delivered huge transformation for the city including Friars Walk, a world class university campus, state of the art business premises, a new railway station, revamped market, new bus station, iconic architecture and a new waterfront district providing riverside homes and leisure opportunities