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  • Britain open for business as UK and China further relax limits on flights

    Britain open for business as UK and China further relax limits on flights

    20.12.2017

    A landmark agreement for a 50% boost in the number of flights allowed between the UK and China has been announced by UK Transport Secretary Chris Grayling.  This builds on successful discussions in October 2016, when passenger flight limits were raised from 40 per week to a maximum of 100.  Under the terms of the […]

  • Executive Chef of Thames Valley Restaurant awarded Michelin Star and Master of Culinary Arts

    Executive Chef of Thames Valley Restaurant awarded Michelin Star and Master of Culinary Arts

    07.12.2017

    One of the Thames Valley’s finest country house hotels, Coworth House in Ascot, was delighted to announce that its executive chef, Adam Smith, of Restaurant Coworth Park, had received two prestigious culinary awards in quick succession. The first was a Michelin Star, awarded by the Michelin Guide 2018 for “the accomplished, classically-based cooking” at the […]

  • OXSIGHT secures seed funding from Chinese entrepreneur to support growth

    OXSIGHT secures seed funding from Chinese entrepreneur to support growth

    05.12.2017

    The University of Oxford spin-out, Oxsight, uses the latest smart glasses to improve sight for blind and partially sighted people. OxSight’s aim is to develop sight enhancing technologies to improve the quality of life for blind and partially sighted people around the world, affected by conditions like glaucoma, diabetes and retinitis pigmentosa as well as […]

  • Alnylam sees further growth at its European Clinical Development and Regulatory Hub

    Alnylam sees further growth at its European Clinical Development and Regulatory Hub

    04.12.2017

    Alnylam, founded in 2002 and headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is the leading corporate exponent of RNAi therapeutics (RNA interference), which makes it possible to “silence” disease-causing genes. It has a broad range of drug candidates in clinical trials for rare inherited diseases and for more common metabolic and cardiovascular diseases. Clinical trials to test the […]

  • Thames Valley Chamber welcomes Industrial Strategy White Paper

    Thames Valley Chamber welcomes Industrial Strategy White Paper

    28.11.2017

    Paul Britton, Chief Executive of the Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce has welcomed the highly anticipated Industrial Strategy White Paper, which sets out the long-term plans to boost productivity and earning power of people throughout the UK. He commented: “The Thames Valley is a proven and innovative region and it was fantastic to see that […]

  • First in series of Life Sciences Roundtables held at Bayer offices, Reading

    First in series of Life Sciences Roundtables held at Bayer offices, Reading

    24.11.2017

    A Life Sciences Roundtable, organised by the Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce, was recently hosted at leading life sciences company Bayer’s stunning offices in Green Park, Reading. A cross-section of representatives from life sciences businesses and academia from across the Thames Valley, including SMEs and major corporate companies, attended this event. The theme of the […]

  • Memorandum of Understanding signed between Canada and United Kingdom

    Memorandum of Understanding signed between Canada and United Kingdom

    17.10.2017

    The UK and Canadian Governments have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) relating to each nation’s ambitions for Digital Government. Canada and the UK will now work together towards four shared goals: Provide better digital public services Support the use of digital public services Promote economic growth Use open standards for government information, data and software […]

  • Thames Valley Berkshire LEP Report showcases world-leading digital tech cluster

    Thames Valley Berkshire LEP Report showcases world-leading digital tech cluster

    12.10.2017

    Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has launched its 2017 Digital Tech report, which aims to showcase the sub-region’s tech sector to overseas firms. 7,800 digital tech companies and 56,300 digital tech specialists are Berkshire based, making it the UK’s leading digital tech cluster. David Parry-Jones, Director and Technology Lead for Thames Valley Berkshire […]

  • UK-Shanghai Collaboration: pioneering Thames Valley business wins funding

    UK-Shanghai Collaboration: pioneering Thames Valley business wins funding

    03.10.2017

    Oxford-based Genefirst is one of 10 UK companies that will partner with 10 Shanghai companies on joint innovative manufacturing, smart cities and healthcare. Genefirst are working with Fosun Med-Tech to develop a non-invasive test for cancer gene mutations. The projects will be funded by Innovate UK and the Science and Technology Department of Shanghai Municipality (STCSM). Funding […]

  • Thames Valley inward investment report highlights local business communities’ performance in attracting and retaining new investment

    Thames Valley inward investment report highlights local business communities’ performance in attracting and retaining new investment

    13.09.2017

    New investments from foreign owned companies and expansions have continued to rise in the Thames Valley during the 2016/17 financial year. The report highlights the strong performance of Berkshire (68 FDI projects) and Oxford (37 FDI projects) who recorded their highest levels of investment creating 1,386 and 779 new jobs respectively. Projects by industry sectors […]

  • Kosei Pharma UK’s growth and expansion continues

    Kosei Pharma UK’s growth and expansion continues

    08.09.2017

    Established in 1952, Kosei Pharmaceutical Co Ltd is celebrating 65 years as a pharmaceutical wholesaler in Japan. In 2011, UKTI (now DIT), provided some initial support to expand Kosei’s global operations through their first overseas investment. Since then, the DIT and Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce (TVCC) have been working with Kosei Pharma Group to […]

  • Hachette UK builds world class distribution centre in Didcot

    Hachette UK builds world class distribution centre in Didcot

    08.09.2017

    Hachette UK is the second largest book publishing group in the UK. The group consists of over 50 imprints within different publishing divisions: Hodder & Stoughton; Headline Publishing Group; John Murray Press; Quercus; Little, Brown Book Group; Orion Publishing Group; Bookouture; Octopus Publishing Group and Hodder Education. It also has companies in Australia, New Zealand, […]

  • Industry proposals to help UK’s life sciences sector become international benchmark for success

    Industry proposals to help UK’s life sciences sector become international benchmark for success

    08.09.2017

    Industry proposals to help the UK’s life sciences sector become an international benchmark for success have been unveiled by Professor Sir John Bell, Regius Professor of Medicine, University of Oxford and Chairman, Office for the Strategic Coordination of Health Research.  Findings of the independent sector-led review, into the £64 billion life sciences industry, will inform the […]

  • Oxfordshire’s Harwell Campus launches new Life Sciences brochure

    Oxfordshire’s Harwell Campus launches new Life Sciences brochure

    07.09.2017

    “The Harwell HealthTec Cluster will be a world-leading healthcare innovation hub, founded on inter-disciplinary collaboration between physical and life sciences. Areas of focus include inter alia; ageing, drug discovery and environmental impact on human health.  The driving objective is to exploit Harwell’s unique combination of facilities and highly skilled people to boost healthcare growth and […]

  • Government statistics show consistent success in Inward Investment projects for South-East and Thames Valley

    Government statistics show consistent success in Inward Investment projects for South-East and Thames Valley

    22.08.2017

    Recent statistics published by the Department for International Trade (DIT) by UK region for tax years 2012/13 to 2016/17 show that the South-East and Thames Valley sub-region performs consistently well in attracting inward investment projects. The report reveals that the: South East attracted over 1,000 Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) projects during this period, around 30% […]

  • Boston to Berkshire – a growing phenomenon?

    Boston to Berkshire – a growing phenomenon?

    15.08.2017

    Inward investment from businesses based in the Boston/Cambridge area into Berkshire has experienced a ‘mini-spike’ this past year.  A one-off, or a growing phenomenon based on sector strengths and synergies? During 2016/17 the Department for International Trade (DIT) and Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce (TVCC) report on new investment including – Q-Stream (based in Burlington, […]

  • Local partners launch commercial opportunity document: Thames Valley Science Park

    Local partners launch commercial opportunity document: Thames Valley Science Park

    05.07.2017

    The University of Reading (UoR), Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce (TVCC) and the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (TVBLEP) in conjunction with the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), have published a commercial opportunity document promoting the investment potential of the Thames Valley Science Park. Following the construction and letting of 200,000 sqft of space […]

  • UK Government to continue funding share of Joint European Torus (JET) costs

    UK Government to continue funding share of Joint European Torus (JET) costs

    30.06.2017

    The British Government has committed to underwrite UK funding for the Joint European Torus (JET) facility, the European fusion experiment based at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy in Oxfordshire, until 2020. This is subject to the extension of the European Commission’s contract with the UK Atomic Energy Authority hosting the facility beyond 2018. JET […]

  • International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox, meets US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to discuss strong bilateral trade relationship

    International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox, meets US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to discuss strong bilateral trade relationship

    22.06.2017

    International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox and US Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer have both outlined their commitment to strengthening economic links between the UK and US. Discussing the possibility of laying the groundwork for a potential new trade agreement soon after Brexit, International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox said: “Our valuable talks underlined the shared […]

  • Thames Valley Universities and Business Schools ranked highly for key subject areas in Guardian University Guide

    Thames Valley Universities and Business Schools ranked highly for key subject areas in Guardian University Guide

    30.05.2017

    Amongst increasing competition in the undergraduate sector, and highlighting the excellent quality of the universities in the region, a number of the Thames Valley’s academic institutions have been ranked in the UK’s top 10 for key subject areas by the Guardian University Guide 2018. Oxford University ranked second overall and in the top three for […]

  • Second phase of Thames Valley Science Park gets planning go-ahead

    Second phase of Thames Valley Science Park gets planning go-ahead

    08.05.2017

    Outline planning consent was recently granted for the second phase of the Thames Valley Science Park, owned by the University of Reading. This will see the development of the remaining 600,000 sqft of the total 800,000 sqft site. Approximately 15 new buildings will be developed as and when required over a 20-year period. The ‘Gateway’ […]

  • Harwell Campus – Brilliance Every Day

    Harwell Campus – Brilliance Every Day

    04.05.2017

    Harwell Campus is a beacon of the UK knowledge economy, a science and innovation district the size of a small town with outstanding people, world-class facilities and unrivalled access to open source national laboratories and supercomputing resources. The 710 acre Harwell Campus, which is the heart of the Thames Valley, is a unique place helping to […]

  • Technology Cluster to benefit from Silverstone Park Enterprise Zone status

    Technology Cluster to benefit from Silverstone Park Enterprise Zone status

    28.03.2017

    The UK Government has awarded Silverstone Park ‘Enterprise Zone’ status which could save companies locating to the high-tech business estate more than £250,000 in rates relief over the next five years. The status was approved following a successful bid to Government by Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (BTVLEP) and Silverstone Park developer MEPC, active corporate […]

  • University of Reading Malaysia celebrates first anniversary of official opening

    University of Reading Malaysia celebrates first anniversary of official opening

    08.03.2017

    A year since the official opening, staff and students came together to celebrate the first anniversary of the University of Reading Malaysia (UoRM). Much has been accomplished over the past year – UoRM has: Trebled student numbers: the number of students on campus has increased from 200 in February 2016 to an estimated 600 by […]

  • Thames Valley Chamber welcomes Toronto Wolfpack to the UK – another great Canada investment.

    Thames Valley Chamber welcomes Toronto Wolfpack to the UK – another great Canada investment.

    24.02.2017

    The Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce are pleased to witness the birth of a new rugby league team – the first transatlantic sports team – into the rugby league. Toronto Wolfpack will become the first transatlantic sports team when they enter rugby league’s Challenge Cup on Saturday 25th February. Toronto Wolfpack also join the third tier of […]

  • Liam Fox welcomes industrial strategy commitment to UK trade

    Liam Fox welcomes industrial strategy commitment to UK trade

    14.02.2017

    Following the launch of the industrial strategy green paper – International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox, visited a leading advanced technology business in Oxfordshire to reiterate the Government’s commitment to supporting UK businesses home and abroad. On a visit to Prodrive in Banbury – a successful independent British engineering innovation business – Dr Fox outlined the […]

  • Thames Valley Berkshire LEP publish refreshed Life Sciences and Healthcare sector proposition

    Thames Valley Berkshire LEP publish refreshed Life Sciences and Healthcare sector proposition

    23.01.2017

    A 2017 refresh of the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership’s life sciences and healthcare sector proposition has been published HERE. The proposition provides important updates on the locality including reference to some of the most recent new and re-investors including Alnylam and Bayer. The Thames Valley is part of the globally renowned ‘Golden Triangle’ one of the world’s most established, leading-edge […]

  • UK industries revitalised as Department for International Trade brings in over £16bn in foreign investment since launching

    UK industries revitalised as Department for International Trade brings in over £16bn in foreign investment since launching

    05.01.2017

    The Thames Valley’s continued reputation as an attractive place to invest is helping boost jobs and industry across the whole of the UK according to a Department announcement. Since being established in July 2016 the Department for International Trade (DIT) has helped secure more than £16.3 billion worth of foreign direct investment (FDI) across the […]

  • What Buckinghamshire means to Queen’s award winner Mediplus

    What Buckinghamshire means to Queen’s award winner Mediplus

    12.12.2016

    Buckinghamshire based Mediplus specialises in researching, developing and manufacturing innovative medical devices to meet the needs of patients and clinicians worldwide. It is one of the industry’s leading firms located within the UK’s ‘Golden Triangle’ in the heart of the Thames Valley – one of the UK’s most dynamic economic regions. In a new ‘talking head’ […]

  • Thames Valley businesses recognised in UK Awards for most innovative SME

    Thames Valley businesses recognised in UK Awards for most innovative SME

    09.11.2016

    The UK’s most innovative small and medium-sized companies were honoured, recently, at an awards ceremony at the Houses of Parliament. The awards recognise the many innovative successful projects that Innovate UK has co-funded in 2016. They celebrate the projects and companies that show the impact of innovation on business growth and the economy. Delta Motorsport: […]

  • National Cyber Security Strategy 2016 to 2021 Published

    National Cyber Security Strategy 2016 to 2021 Published

    03.11.2016

    This strategy, published 1st November, explains the Government’s approach to tackling and managing cyber threats in our country. Built on three core pillars: defend, deter and develop, underpinned by £1.9 billion of transformational investment, the National Cyber Security Strategy (2016 to 2021) sets out how the UK will aim to be one of the most […]

  • Chamber welcomes new UK-China airline deal

    Chamber welcomes new UK-China airline deal

    20.10.2016

    The Thames Valley Chamber welcomes the news that fights between the UK and China will no longer be subject to any flight restrictions. Under the proposed agreement, the limit on passenger flights between Britain and China will increase from 40 to 100 each week in both directions. Furthermore, restrictions on cargo flights will be lifted as […]

  • Kayser Space joins growing space cluster in Harwell, Oxfordshire

    Kayser Space joins growing space cluster in Harwell, Oxfordshire

    13.10.2016

    Kayser Italia, a privately owned independent aerospace system engineering company, initially established operations in 1986. Since its launch the company has participated in more than 50 space missions and 80 payloads – all of which have been completed with full scientific, technical, economic and programmatic success. The payloads developed by Kayser Italia have been flown […]

  • Alnylam establishes its European HQ in Maidenhead

    Alnylam establishes its European HQ in Maidenhead

    21.09.2016

    Alnylam, one of the most promising US biotechnology companies, has joined a growing number of life science and healthcare businesses by investing in the Thames Valley.  The firm, that opened their offices on the 20th September, will invest hundreds of millions of pounds to establish its European drug development and commercial headquarters in the Maidenhead […]

  • RVJ Agribusiness Academy moves into the Thames Valley

    RVJ Agribusiness Academy moves into the Thames Valley

    16.09.2016

    The RVJ Agribusiness Academy  is part of parent company RVJ Eurasia Food and Agro Services. The academy is the product of 7+ years of consultation with education, business and stakeholders in the provision of agri-business education. In February 2016 the Academy was officially launched in the United Kingdom, following the move of their operations and HQ into Reading […]

  • Life Sciences Company Bayer commits to the Thames Valley

    Life Sciences Company Bayer commits to the Thames Valley

    16.09.2016

    The life sciences company, Bayer, has committed its long term future and expansion plans by relocating its UK headquarters to Green Park, Reading, Berkshire.  The company has taken 80,000sqft of space in 400 South Oak Way on a 15-year lease.  Following major refurbishment of the building, Bayer will carry out further fit-out to provide the […]

  • Becton Dickinson – the global medical technology company – new investment confirms strength of the Thames Valley

    Becton Dickinson – the global medical technology company – new investment confirms strength of the Thames Valley

    14.09.2016

    Winnersh Triangle has announced that Becton Dickinson (BD) – the global medical technology company – will be taking 44,000 sqft of office space, on what we understand to be a 10-year lease, at the business park, near Reading. Becton Dickinson is due to enter three floors of the newly constructed property at 1030 Eskdale Road […]

  • Inward Investment Results published for the Thames Valley area

    Inward Investment Results published for the Thames Valley area

    02.09.2016

    The Department of International Trade (DIT) has, this week, published the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) annual results for 2015/16 – the report is now live on gov.uk. Under the headline ‘UK breaks records to remain No.1 investment destination in Europe’, the DIT report: Record number of inward investment projects into the UK in 2015-16. Annual […]

  • Department of International Trade Announcement ‘updates’

    Department of International Trade Announcement ‘updates’

    22.07.2016

    Following the Prime Minister’s appointment of  Dr Liam Fox MP as Secretary of State for International Trade further Ministerial appointments have been announced.  The Rt Hon Greg Hands MP, Lord Price CVO, and Mark Garnier MP have now all been appointed as Ministers of State in the new Department for International Trade. The Thames Valley […]

  • Reaction to the EU Referendum Vote to Leave

    Reaction to the EU Referendum Vote to Leave

    24.06.2016

    The decision of the British people to leave the European Union is a historic decision. Some business people will be pleased with the result and others resigned to it. Yet all companies will expect business to go on, investments and international trade to continue, markets to stabilise and leadership from Government with a clear timeline […]

  • US Giant 3D Systems acquires CRDM and continues its investment in the Buckinghamshire based industry leader

    US Giant 3D Systems acquires CRDM and continues its investment in the Buckinghamshire based industry leader

    16.06.2016

    Back in 2013, US-owned 3D Systems, the inventors of 3D printing, were looking to set up an “on demand” 3D print service in the UK. Rather than set up from scratch, they looked for an acquisition of one of the UK’s top companies in the sector and chose High Wycombe based CRDM, who had a […]

  • The evolution of the High Performance Technology and Motorsport cluster

    The evolution of the High Performance Technology and Motorsport cluster

    31.05.2016

    Silverstone Park have published an insight report into the High Performance Technology and Motorsport (HPTM) cluster that is centred around Silverstone, home of the iconic F1 Grand Prix, in Buckinghamshire. Commissioned by MEPC, to investigate the existence and character of the HPTM cluster in the area around Silverstone and to help identify opportunities to support further […]

  • Thames Valley Chamber celebrates stronger Valley to Valley connections

    11.05.2016

    The Thames Valley and Silicon Valley have come a little closer following the inaugural flight between London Heathrow and San Jose’s Mineta International airport, California. The Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce co-hosted – along with British Airways (BA), Heathrow and the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber – a reception event (06/05) that brought Chamber members […]

  • Boehringer Ingelheim’s continued Expansion

    Boehringer Ingelheim’s continued Expansion

    26.01.2016

    The Bracknell based pharmaceutical supplier, Boehringer Ingelheim UK Ltd has underlined its commitment to the UK and Thames Valley with the refurbishment and expansion of its offices. Boehringer Ingelheim (BI) provides treatments for a range of long term and acute diseases and consistently reinvests over 20% of their net sales in researching new and innovative […]

  • New Enterprise Zones in Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire

    New Enterprise Zones in Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire

    21.12.2015

    New enterprise zones are set to be created in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, the Chancellor George Osborne has confirmed.  The announcement was delivered in his Spending Review and Autumn Statement, which set out Her Majesty’s Government (HMG) spending plans over the next five years. HMG is creating 26 new Enterprise Zones, including expanding 8 Zones on […]

  • Seqirus opens new corporate office in the Thames Valley

    Seqirus opens new corporate office in the Thames Valley

    07.12.2015

    Paul Britton, Chief Executive of Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce, attended the formal opening. “Thames Valley Chamber were delighted to work with UK Trade & Investment to support CSL in making the decision to base Seqirus’ operational hub in the UK, and we will continue to work with the company as they settle in and […]

  • ARANZ Geo’s global expansion continues with Thames Valley expansion

    ARANZ Geo’s global expansion continues with Thames Valley expansion

    04.12.2015

    ARANZ Geo’s global expansion continues into the UK’s Thames Valley with EMEA-HQ office set-up ARANZ Geo is a world leader in the interpretation and visualisation of geological data for the mining, environmental, renewable energy and other geologically dependent industries. ARANZ Geo solutions harness information to extract value, bring meaning and reduce risk. ARANZ Geo was […]

  • Faronics grow their EMEA presence in Bracknell

    Faronics grow their EMEA presence in Bracknell

    01.10.2015

    Faronics chose the UK to set-up their first European operation in 2009. With UKTI’s help and support, identifying properties, providing information on company formation, tax, legal, HR and banking, working alongside the Thames Valley Chamber (TVCC), Faronics set-up an office first in Maidenhead and then, after a period of expansion, to Bracknell, Berkshire in 2009.

  • New British Airways route to San Jose, California is great news for the Thames Valley economy

    New British Airways route to San Jose, California is great news for the Thames Valley economy

    30.08.2015

    Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce work with San Jose International Airport to win the case for a direct service between the largest technology communities in the UK and USA

  • NanoString Technologies: establishing new UK headquarters in Amersham

    NanoString Technologies: establishing new UK headquarters in Amersham

    19.06.2015

    NanoString Technologies (NSTG) provides tools for translational research and molecular diagnostics. Headquartered in Seattle and founded in 2003, the company began international sales operations in 2008, and in 2013 launched Prosigna™, its first in vitro diagnostic product for prognosis of early-stage breast cancer, in Europe and Israel. In 2014, with UKTI, Buckinghamshire Business First, Thames […]

  • Redflex: choosing Slough as the location for its new European HQ

    Redflex: choosing Slough as the location for its new European HQ

    19.06.2015

    Redflex Traffic Systems develops and manufactures digital photo enforcement solutions. In the UK, the company has been working with Highways England on its third generation Highways Agency Digital Enforcement Camera System (HADECS3), which is being installed on a new generation of motorways. With three further orders from Highways England and an increasing trend towards managed […]

The Chamber of Commerce

Paul Britton
Chief Executive

We work alongside the Department for International Trade (DIT), the region’s Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), Local Authorities and professional service providers to support foreign direct investment (FDI) into the Thames Valley.

For the 2017/18 financial year, we are proud to report that the Thames Valley has retained its status as the number one region in the UK, outside of London, for attracting FDI. 191 FDI projects were recorded as entering the region, with a high proportion of these investors strongly supported by the Chamber.

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