Cardiff misses out on Green Bank

Wind farm
The Green Bank funds renewable energy projects like wind farms. Photo: ITV News Wales

The Welsh Government has failed in its bid to secure the Green Investment Bank for Wales. Instead the company's headquarters has be allocated to Scotland, with staff also being based in London.

Edwina Hart, Wales' Business Minister, submitted the proposal for Cardiff to be the bank's home in January. At the time of the bid, Edwina Hart said, "Cardiff embraces and epitomises the principles of the [bank], offering a location at the heart of the city’s Central Business District."

A Green Investment Bank gives green loans for energy saving technologies and projects to private individuals in the UK.

In response to the announcement today, Edwina Hart said her department was "disappointed that the bid they made,...to base the Green Investment Bank with 50 to 70 jobs in Cardiff, was unsuccessful. "

The minister added, "There is a much bigger job opportunity arising for Welsh businesses to help administer the 'Green Deal'. "

We're disappointed that the bid we made ...to base the Green Investment Bank, with 50 or 70 jobs in Cardiff, was unsuccessful.

– Edwina Hart, Wales' Business Minister

Responding to the news that Edinburgh had been chosen over Cardiff, Simon Thomas, Plaid Cymru AM for mid and west Wales, criticised Labour for losing the deal by saying it was "sleeping on the job again."

Mr Thomas added that the failed bid was a missed opportunity because Wales has an "abundance of natural resources" which could have been capitalised on through this investment.

Clearly, Labour have been sleeping on the job once again when it comes to making the case for Wales, and as a result the Welsh economy, environment and Welsh businesses will miss out.

– Simon Thomas AM, Plaid Cymru

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