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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.

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The Wales Productivity Forum is led by the University of Cardiff. It is involved in the implementation of research insights, the design of practical business and policy interventions, and in providing input to the development of the Institute’s future research agenda.

Members include stakeholders from policy, community and business leaders from local, national and multinational enterprises.

Key Contacts

Robert Lloyd Griffiths OBE

Wales Forum Chair
Non-executive Chair of Business Wales

Melanie Jones

Professor Melanie Jones

Wales Forum Lead
Cardiff Business School


Steve Dalton OBE


Dr Erin Gill


Peter Marissen

Admiral Group

Chris Nott OBE

Capital Law

Cynthia Ogbonna

Non executive director

Dr Janet Wademan

Van Helsing Limited

Rachel Selden

JW Morris

Tom Wilkinson

Barcud Shared Services Ltd

The Welsh economy has a sizeable productivity gap with the UK, and,  although the gap has not widened further over the past decade, the long-term slowdown of productivity over the longer term is a major factor of concern. Wales has experienced serious deindustrialisation over the past 50 years from a former legacy of coalmining and metals production, particularly in the south Wales valleys. But today, Wales still benefits from relatively good productivity performance in manufacturing, but weak productivity performance in other sectors, notably services.

Since the establishment of Senedd Cymru (formerly the National Assembly for Wales) in 1999, Wales has experienced devolved powers regarding health, education, transport, economic development and business support, agriculture and environment, and some limited fiscal powers. Find insights into Welsh productivity below.