Wales Office Minister, David TC Davies visits Swansea innovation centre

In 2021, Wales Officer Minister, David TC Davies, visited Swansea University's Healthcare Technology Centre (HTC) - which is part of the pan-Wales Accelerate programme - to hear about the collaborative innovation activities in the health and life sciences sectors.

Mr Davies met with members of the HTC team who informed him about some of the key projects in the programme's pipeline, the collective efforts during the pandemic, and the upcoming opportunities in the health and care sector.

Ffion Walters discussing innovation projects with Wales Officer Minister David TC Davies

Swansea Bay City Deal

Also discussed was how low carbon innovation will help Wales build back better and greener from the Covid-19 pandemic and the collaborative Swansea Bay City Deal.

The Swansea Bay City Deal is an investment of up to £1.3 billion in a portfolio of major programmes and projects across the Swansea Bay City Region – which is made up of Carmarthenshire, Neath Port Talbot, Pembrokeshire and Swansea.

The City Deal is being funded, subject to the approval of project business cases, by the UK Government, the Welsh Government, the public sector and the private sector.

In the 15-year life span of the City Deal, the investment portfolio will boost the regional economy by at least £1.8 billion, while generating more than 9,000 jobs.

City Deal programmes and projects are based on key themes including economic acceleration, life science and well-being, energy, smart manufacturing and digital.