I was delighted to see the recent news that Aston Martin has started production of its new DBX model in St Athan. Developments like these are great for the local economy, and the new Aston Martin factory has already brought 200 jobs to the area, with ongoing recruitment for up to 550 more.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who immediately associates James Bond with the iconic Aston Martin range of cars. It would be an exciting prospect to work for such a recognisable brand, and the factory brings an incredible opportunity for job seekers in the area.
It’s a real honour for St Athan to be chosen as the location for this facility, after 19 sites all over the world were considered.
A big employer like Aston Martin coming to South Wales will also have an impact that goes beyond jobs. Local shops, businesses, restaurants and community facilities will all see an increase in custom as people move into the area because of these new opportunities. Every time we build a development of houses, we see an increase in local spending from new residents.
The availability of high-quality properties is important for those who will need to relocate to the area, and we’re working hard to build a range of three and four-bedroom homes in nearby Llantwit Major, with more in development across the wider region of South Wales.
We want people to be able to live in homes they love, bring up their families and settle for many happy years in this beautiful area.
At Barratt Homes we have also been able to boost jobs through our own Sycamore Chase development,
where we’re supporting around 150 jobs while we build and sell homes. At a time when some areas of the UK economy are under pressure, it’s fulfilling to be able to contribute to the community this way, bringing homes, jobs and opportunities for local people.
I wonder if Aston Martin would like to hold a local event to launch the latest 007 film early next year? We’re sure we could rustle up some Martinis in one of our show homes. Shaken not stirred of course.
- Steve Williams, Managing Director at Barratt Homes in South Wales