Powys’ reliance on farming highlighted in new study

The figures come as little surprise, as the county boasts a thriving agricultural sector

Thursday 11th August 2022 11:00 am
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New research has revealed the UK areas most dominated by one industry.

The study by marketing training hub School of Marketing analysed ONS data to see the number of businesses from each industry in every local authority to find the areas dominated the most by a single sector.

It found that 34.15 per cent of businesses in Powys were in the agricultural sector, putting it fourth place on the list and making it the only Welsh entry.

Topping the list was the Northern Irish area of Fermanagh and Omagh, which is most dominated by agricultural, forestry and fishing businesses, with 40.30 per cent of all businesses in the area being from this industry.

Overall, the agriculture, forestry, and fishing industry were the most common industry for businesses, with seven entries in the top ten and 22 in the top 50. Other notable dominant industries included the professional, scientific, and technical industry and the construction industry.

Commenting on the findings, Ritchie Mehta, CEO of the School of Marketing, said: “It’s fascinating to see the variety all around in these results, with areas from all around the UK making their way into the list. This data shows that some industries really dominate in certain areas of the UK, however that doesn’t mean there’s only one type of job available, as there can be a huge variety of roles within a business sector.

“When it comes to skills, there are some common themes that employers are looking for across a range of jobs, however in the current climate, budgets for training are likely to be cut, and the skills gap could widen. SME owners can take advantage of the Apprenticeship Levy scheme to bring in new staff or train current ones in digital and data-led programmes, with the vast majority of the training cost covered by the levy.”

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