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186 Wales | Associate Member UKSPA Directory 2017 Orbit Business Centre is an incubator for businesses likely to have a long-term future The Orbit Business Centre Locati on Rhydycar Business Park Rhydycar Merthyr Tydfil CF48 1DL C ontact detai l s Lance Whiteley Manager E: lance.whiteley@ merthyr.gov.uk www.orbitbusinesscentre.co.uk Tran sp or t l i nks A470 turn off for Merthyr Tydfil Merthyr Tydfil railway station Merthyr Tydfil bus station Orbit Business Centre is a Business Incubator which works with selected companies over a given period to improve their chances of success and accelerate their growth. An incubated business can reside within Orbit Business Centre for up to three years when the business has grown according to its objectives. For the “Orbit Zone” (warm-desking area), the minimum term for occupation is one month and the maximum term will be one year. An Orbit Zone company can apply during or after the one-year period for acceptance into the main incubation office space. Targets/objectives will be set with the business at entry stage, which will be formally reviewed on a regular basis. • Capable  of job creation, and the owner should have the drive and flair to ensure the business will succeed • Fit  with the culture and aspirations of Orbit and be likely to make a significant long-term contribution to the economy of Merthyr Tydfil and Wales. Orbit Business Centre hosts grade A office space for established and new-start businesses, large conference facility, training rooms, and more. Entering the Orbit The entrance policy requires that businesses are: • Two years old or less. Some businesses operating longer than this may be permitted if the business is going in an entirely new direction, or the business is new to Wales • Genuine spin-outs of an existing enterprise with potential for growth into a sustainable company Merthyr t ydfil Merthyr Tydfil has one of the fastest growing business economies in South Wales, backed by a substantial investment programme. Comprehensive business support is available, workforce skills are being developed; we are showing off our architecture, developing impressive leisure facilities and strengthening still further our transport and internet links. The locality has an established technology and manufacturing base and a thriving creative sector. The University of Glamorgan has a major presence in the town of Merthyr Tydfil, while the business, financial and professional services sectors are enjoying a period of sustained growth. The area boasts some of Wales’ finest countryside, culture and heritage. ■ N e a r by Str a te g i c n e tw o r k Cardiff 23 miles Swansea 31 miles Bristol 63 miles University of South Wales University of Glamorgan