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The area coloured bright green on the map may not be the everybody’s first choice for setting up a new business but it has a lot going for it:
- It is a very pleasant place in which to live. I have travelled the world but never have I found a more attractive combination of coastal, mountain and pastoral scenery than in the Lleyn Peninsula.
- It is close to four major conurbations, namely Greater Manchester, Merseyside, South and West Yorkshire and Dubiln.
- It is part of the Northern Powerhouse and on the freight routes between Dublin and London and Dublin and the ports on the Humber.
- It has a fine research university at Bangor which has developed the Menai Science Park in Anglesey (see M-SParc – Anglesey’s Science Park 29 Aug 2018 NIPC News) and the Pontio Centre with its FabLab (see The Pontio Centre: A Resource for Inventors, Designers and Makers in North Wales 14 Dec 2018).
As there are no Business and IP Centres in Wales Liverpool Central Library hosts the nearest CIPA patent clinic. Advice on contracts, copyrights and trade marks is also available through specialist clinics at the library. The only IP clinic in Wales takes place at the Intellectual Property Office in Newport. A search of the CIPA and CITMA databases suggests that all the patent and trade mark attorneys in Wales practise in the south and mainly in and around Cardiff.