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  • Artificial intelligence talent to be trained at UK universities

    Artificial intelligence talent to be trained at UK universities

    21.02.2019

    As part of the Government’s modern Industrial Strategy, Business Secretary Greg Clark and Digital Secretary Jeremy Wright have announced a nationwide government-industry package to support skills in the Artificial Intelligence (AI) sector. A total of 200 new AI Masters places, accompanied by work-based placements, will become available at UK universities. 11 companies have already committed to collectively […]

  • Reading forecast to be the fastest-growing city in the country

    Reading forecast to be the fastest-growing city in the country

    19.02.2019

    AERIAL VIEW OVER THE ORACLE, READING According to a recent report by EY, Reading is forecast to be the fastest-growing ‘city’ in the country, with 2.3% Gross Value Added (GVA) growth per year over the period 2018-2021. Examining the economic outlook across the country’s regions and cities for the following three years, EY’s fourth annual UK Regional Economic Forecast […]

  • UK businesses protected by Trade Remedies Authority

    UK businesses protected by Trade Remedies Authority

    14.02.2019

    UK industry will be protected by a new, independent trade remedies system as the country leaves the European Union on the 29 March 2019 and prepares to take control of its own trade agenda for the first time in more than 40 years. The Trade Remedies Authority (TRA) will be based in Reading and will be […]

  • Global IT waste disposal and data destruction company chooses Reading as its UK headquarters

    Global IT waste disposal and data destruction company chooses Reading as its UK headquarters

    08.02.2019

    A global company that disposes, recycles and reuses redundant or retired office technology like servers, storage laptops and computers has chosen Reading as its UK headquarters. IT asset disposal company Wisetek Solutions opened in Sutton Business Park on Tuesday, January 29. Wisetek will provide IT asset disposition, data disposal and data destruction services to a […]

  • University of Oxford publishes new guide to Artificial Intelligence

    University of Oxford publishes new guide to Artificial Intelligence

    07.02.2019

    The University of Oxford, one of the world’s leading centres for research and development, has published a new guide to AI. The publication describes how AI and machine learning techniques are allowing clinicians to diagnose more accurately conditions such as heart disease; how the banking and finance sectors are being revolutionised by algorithms; and the […]

  • 3,400 new jobs created in UK Space Sector

    3,400 new jobs created in UK Space Sector

    04.02.2019

    The most comprehensive measurement of the UK space industry yet, analysing 948 UK-based space-related organisations and comprising 276 survey responses and research of more than 600 companies, has been summarised in the latest ‘Size & Health of the UK Space Industry 2018’ report. An infographic has also been published alongside the report, providing a clear synopsis […]

  • High praise for Thames Valley companies in Legal 500 and Chambers UK Directories

    High praise for Thames Valley companies in Legal 500 and Chambers UK Directories

    18.12.2018

    Major Thames Valley-based firms have been recognised as top-tier law practices in the latest editions of both the Chambers UK and Legal 500 listings, the leading guides to law firms in the UK and internationally. Penningtons Manches LLP have been commended in the Legal 500 in 16 areas, including Education, Employment, Environment and Immigration and […]

  • Strength of Thames Valley Life Sciences Sector highlighted in Government’s new Sector Deal

    Strength of Thames Valley Life Sciences Sector highlighted in Government’s new Sector Deal

    07.12.2018

    A second Life Sciences Sector Deal between Government and the life sciences industry, with input from digital, medical and biological technology companies, diagnostics experts and pharmaceutical companies, has been published. The sector deal has been co-authored by the University of Oxford’s Regius Professor of Medicine, Sir John Bell. Setting out the second phase in implementing […]

  • Global growth for Seqirus drives further expansion in central Maidenhead

    Global growth for Seqirus drives further expansion in central Maidenhead

    07.12.2018

    Left to right: Mrs Laura Lion (Mayoress, The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead), Councillor Paul Lion (Mayor, The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead), Gordon Naylor (President, Seqirus), Gareth Ralphs (Partnership Manager, South East, DIT), Ken Lim (Senior Vice President, Seqirus) New premises acquired for recruitment drive of up to 200 new UK employees […]

  • Global technology giant holds UK academic research showcase at new Thames Valley HQ

    Global technology giant holds UK academic research showcase at new Thames Valley HQ

    29.11.2018

    Thales and its university partners have given a rare glimpse into the future of technology with its first academic showcase at Reading, displaying new concepts in space propulsion, cyber security, autonomous vehicles, applications of machine learning techniques and advanced materials for new generations of submarine sonar systems. As a global technology giant, Thales Group invests […]

  • Thames Valley Science Park, Reading, officially opens

    Thames Valley Science Park, Reading, officially opens

    20.11.2018

    Thames Valley Science Park, owned by the University of Reading and set to become one of the largest dedicated science parks in the region and, indeed, in the South East, has now been officially opened. Following years of planning and development, the Science Park’s flagship ‘Gateway’ building opened its doors for business in March 2018. […]

  • Success of UK tech sector stretches beyond the boundaries of London

    Success of UK tech sector stretches beyond the boundaries of London

    15.11.2018

    The UK has created 35% of all unicorns from Europe and Israel (60 out of 169), according to research prepared for Tech Nation and the Government’s Digital Economy Council. In addition to analysing the number of unicorns, the report also looks at other factors that contribute to tech ecosystem development, including population size, position of university in […]

  • Slough: The Best Place to Work

    Slough: The Best Place to Work

    12.11.2018

    THE CURVE, SLOUGH Slough has been named the best place to work in the UK for the second year running. The Berkshire town in the Thames Valley retained its top spot on the list based on its ease of finding a job, relatively high average salaries in comparison to living costs in the area, employee satisfaction and […]

  • Oxford and Reading top growth league for third year running

    Oxford and Reading top growth league for third year running

    01.11.2018

    The Oracle, Reading Oxford and Reading top growth league for third year running Swindon joins high-ranking city list for the first time as a Top-10 ‘improver’ Cities in the South East mainly score above the UK average For the third year running, the two highest performing UK cities on PwC’s Good Growth for Cities 2018 index are […]

  • Marketing authorisation granted for advanced gene-silencing drug

    Marketing authorisation granted for advanced gene-silencing drug

    10.10.2018

    Alnylam Pharmaceuticals has announced that marketing authorisation has been granted by the European Commission for the pioneering drug patisiran, which follows approval from the US Food and Drugs Administration in August 2018. Devised for the treatment of hereditary transthyretin-mediated (hATTR) amyloidosis in adults with Stage 1 or 2 polyneuropathy, the drug is the first-ever RNA interference […]

  • Building agile businesses in a changing world

    Building agile businesses in a changing world

    03.10.2018

    Thames Valley-based specialist technology law firm Boyes Turner have released a new report on business agility, which explores how companies can establish and maintain agility and avoid the many pitfalls. “Tech be nimble, tech be quick, tech don’t forget the legal bit: Building agile businesses in a changing world” finds that growing organisations are more focused on […]

  • Oxford University claims top world ranking for third successive year

    Oxford University claims top world ranking for third successive year

    27.09.2018

    Oxford University has claimed the top spot in Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019, with Oxford first among the 1258 universities assessed worldwide, including 98 from the United Kingdom. The Times Higher rankings are described as the only international league table which assesses universities for all their activities, considering teaching, research, citations, industry collaboration […]

  • Prestigious ceramics manufacturer relocates showroom to Reading

    Prestigious ceramics manufacturer relocates showroom to Reading

    26.09.2018

    With more than 40 years’ experience, PORCELANOSA Group is one of the most prestigious ceramics manufacturers in the world, offering kitchen and bathroom furniture in over 970 stores across 150 countries. Throughout, consumers can see ongoing developments in the innovation and design of all its products. Diversification has played a key role in the growth […]

  • Universal Electric Corporation Expands Operations from new Thames Valley base

    Universal Electric Corporation Expands Operations from new Thames Valley base

    05.09.2018

    Universal Electric Corporation (UEC) of Pittsburgh, industry leader in systems solutions for power distribution and management for the data centre, retail, healthcare, higher education and industrial markets, has expanded its UK operations during 2017/18. The company, which has increased its headcount and moved into a new, 56,000 sq ft office with an expanded warehouse facility […]

  • Oxford provides perfect home for G-SMATT’s European Headquarters

    Oxford provides perfect home for G-SMATT’s European Headquarters

    30.08.2018

    Korean company G-SMATT Europe produces an innovative digital media façade product. Launched in 2013 and with an annual turnover of more than $125m, the firm chose the UK as the location for its European HQ and first European office. The Department for International Trade, Oxfordshire LEP and City Council have supported G-SMATT’s investment and subsequent […]

  • The Growing Links between Boston and Berkshire

    The Growing Links between Boston and Berkshire

    29.08.2018

    Last year we reported on ‘a growing phenomenon’ of investment projects linking the East Coast of the United States and Berkshire. This year we can report on these continued links with additional, new, investment and expansions from foreign-owned companies with their global HQs based along the Boston-Cambridge, MA corridor. The Department for International Trade (DIT) […]

  • Thames Valley to be home to UK’s first carbon-negative business park

    Thames Valley to be home to UK’s first carbon-negative business park

    23.08.2018

    Westcott Venture Park is to become the first business park in the UK to be carbon-negative, following the approval of plans for the UK’s first unsubsidised on-site solar photovoltaic power plant, which will make the existing solar park seven times bigger. The largest business park in Buckinghamshire, the solar farm extension will cover a staggering 76-acre site […]

  • Outstanding Results for Thames Valley Foreign Direct Investment

    Outstanding Results for Thames Valley Foreign Direct Investment

    15.08.2018

    The Thames Valley, a truly unique, truly global destination, has delivered another set of impressive inward investment results during the 2017/18 financial year. High volume and investment value has ensured it retains its status as the number one region, outside of London, for securing foreign direct investment (FDI) into the UK. In the third annual […]

  • Introducing the CaMkOx Knowledge Corridor

    Introducing the CaMkOx Knowledge Corridor

    01.08.2018

    The Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford (CaMkOx) Knowledge Corridor is of vital economic importance in the UK. It is home to two universities widely recognised as world leaders in key areas of research and innovation, including Oxford University, consistently ranked in the global top four, and a cluster of science and technology companies competing for high-tech investment. It contains […]

  • Silverstone Experience project launched by Prince Harry

    Silverstone Experience project launched by Prince Harry

    26.07.2018

    Work has officially begun on the £19.3 million Silverstone Experience Centre, a visitor attraction expected to attract over 500,000 visitors a year when completed in 2019. The Silverstone Experience will use the heritage of British motorsport to encourage high-performance engineers of the future, by working closely with the Silverstone University Technical College (UTC). Whilst launching […]

  • Joint report recognises strength of Australia-UK relations

    Joint report recognises strength of Australia-UK relations

    23.07.2018

    The growing strength of the Australia-UK investment relationship has been highlighted in a joint report between the two countries, called “Strong Ties, Growing Stronger”. The report shows the significance of investment between the two nations, which totalled $815 billion AUD from 2010-2017, and trade, which was worth $26.6 billion AUD in 2017. Also noted in […]

  • Heathrow Airport expansion to take off after pivotal parliamentary vote

    Heathrow Airport expansion to take off after pivotal parliamentary vote

    12.07.2018

    Plans for a new north-west runway at Heathrow Airport have been approved in the House of Commons after voting went in favour of the Airports National Policy Statement (NPS) on the 25th June. Building work for the third runway could now begin as early as 2021, with the runway potentially becoming operational by 2026. By […]

  • Life Sciences Sector Focus for UK-US Event

    Life Sciences Sector Focus for UK-US Event

    26.06.2018

    International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox MP recently set out his vision for increased trade between the UK and the US in the fast-growing life sciences sector. Speaking to an audience of large-scale investors, including the American Pharmaceutical Group (APG) and representatives from the US Embassy at the Churchill War Rooms, he called for collaboration […]

  • Thames Valley restaurants hit top spots in Square Meal’s top 100

    Thames Valley restaurants hit top spots in Square Meal’s top 100

    14.06.2018

    Fifteen Thames Valley restaurants have been placed among the top 100 restaurants in the UK by leading restaurant guide, Square Meal, after votes were received from thousands of readers, bloggers and local foodies. These include the André Garrett Restaurant at Cliveden House, Berkshire (recently in the news as the venue where Meghan Markle stayed on […]

  • Thames Valley based Pinewood Studio Group’s Andrew M Smith appointed to the Board of the British Film Institute

    Thames Valley based Pinewood Studio Group’s Andrew M Smith appointed to the Board of the British Film Institute

    01.06.2018

    The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Matthew Hancock, has appointed Andrew M. Smith, Corporate Affairs Director, Pinewood Studios Group, Buckinghamshire as one of four new appointments to the Board of the British Film Institute.   He will serve a four-year term. On his appointment, Andrew M Smith commented: “It’s a great honour to […]

  • Dr Liam Fox launches global investment drive, bringing more than £30 billion to the UK

    Dr Liam Fox launches global investment drive, bringing more than £30 billion to the UK

    24.05.2018

    International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox has launched a new drive to attract more than £30 billion of investment to 68 projects across the UK.  The drive is part of the modern Industrial Strategy, setting out how the government is building a Britain fit for the future – helping businesses create better, higher-paying jobs in […]

  • £20 million boost for business innovators powering UK’s hydrogen economy announced in Swindon

    £20 million boost for business innovators powering UK’s hydrogen economy announced in Swindon

    21.05.2018

    Energy and Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry has delivered a £20 million boost to businesses, embracing the potential for a future UK hydrogen economy. The announcement was made during a visit to Swindon’s innovative Hydrogen Hub and dynamic start-up company, Recycling Technologies. It is the latest clean technology to receive a government boost – all […]

  • Prosperity from Space: A British Success Story

    15.05.2018

    The Space Growth Partnership (SGP) has published a Sector Strategy proposal for a Space Sector Deal. The new document, Prosperity from Space, sets out to Government the SGP’s vision for enhanced growth in the UK space sector over the next decade. The SGP was set up to propose, agree and implement, on behalf of the […]

  • Tech sector backs British AI industry with multimillion pound investment

    Tech sector backs British AI industry with multimillion pound investment

    01.05.2018

    More than 50 leading technology companies and organisations have contributed to the development of an Artificial Intelligence Sector Deal (AI) which has just been announced by the UK Government. The deal, worth almost £1 billion, includes almost £300 million of private sector investment into the UK sector that will be matched by government funding for […]

  • Global aerospace giants invest in Oxfordshire-based firm Reaction Engines

    Global aerospace giants invest in Oxfordshire-based firm Reaction Engines

    18.04.2018

    Oxfordshire-based Reaction Engines has secured a further £26.5 million to support the development of SABRE™ – a revolutionary new class of aerospace engine combining jet and rocket technologies. The UK Government previously committed £60 million in funding through both the UK Space and the European Space Agency to support the development of the project. New […]

  • Making Britain the best place in the world for creative industries

    Making Britain the best place in the world for creative industries

    12.04.2018

    Britain’s creative industries are growing twice as fast as the rest of the economy, are worth a staggering £92 billion, and employ 2 million people. The sector is now set to consolidate the country’s position as a global creative powerhouse, following the launch of a groundbreaking new Industrial Strategy deal agreed between the Government and the […]

  • Thames Valley Berkshire LEP ranked highly in fDi 2018/19 ranking

    Thames Valley Berkshire LEP ranked highly in fDi 2018/19 ranking

    04.04.2018

    Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has achieved second place of all the UK’s LEPs in fDi’s European Cities and Regions of the Future 2018/19 ranking. The ranking is published online by fDi Intelligence, a division of the Financial Times, which specialises in all areas relating to FDI, investment promotion and economic development. Major towns including […]

  • Harwell to be home to new £65m Faraday Institution HQ

    Harwell to be home to new £65m Faraday Institution HQ

    27.03.2018

    The UK Government recently announced its selection of Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire as the home of the flagship Faraday Institution Headquarters, a new Government funded £65 million research institute. The new centre will be charged with leading the UK’s research into energy storage and battery technology, with electric vehicles being the initial […]

  • AliveCor Named No.1 AI Company in Fast Company’s 2018 Most Innovative Companies Ranking

    AliveCor Named No.1 AI Company in Fast Company’s 2018 Most Innovative Companies Ranking

    22.03.2018

    Medtech leader AliveCor, whose European operation is in Slough, Berkshire, has been named the number one Most Innovative Company in Artificial Intelligence by Fast Company in its annual ranking. The business also ranked 20th overall in an evaluation of thousands of companies worldwide in its Top 50 Most Innovative Companies in the World. Fast Company […]

  • Prime Minister opens new Thales UK headquarters in Green Park, Reading

    Prime Minister opens new Thales UK headquarters in Green Park, Reading

    22.03.2018

    Prime Minister Theresa May recently joined Reading West MP Alok Sharma to officially open the new UK headquarters of global technology company, Thales at Green Park, Reading. The company, headquartered in France, has a 130-year history in the UK, incorporating many iconic British businesses such as Racal in the Thames Valley. The event was hosted […]

  • FIA Formula E Team DS Virgin Racing completes move to Silverstone Park

    FIA Formula E Team DS Virgin Racing completes move to Silverstone Park

    21.03.2018

    Leading Formula E team DS Virgin Racing has completed the move of its operational arm to new state-of-the-art facilities at Silverstone Park – in close proximity to the Silverstone Circuit, the home of British motor racing. The UK-based team, which has competed in the all-electric FIA Formula E Championship since its inception, moved in last […]

  • European Space Agency hosts Chamber’s second Life Sciences Roundtable

    European Space Agency hosts Chamber’s second Life Sciences Roundtable

    14.03.2018

    The Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce recently held its second Life Sciences Healthcare (LSH) roundtable under the theme, ‘How do we ensure that the Thames Valley remains a great place for life sciences companies to do business?’.  Hosted by the European Space Agency in Harwell, Oxfordshire, the event was attended by a strong group of senior […]

  • Nesta Creative Nation report indicates strong growth in the Creative Sector in the Thames Valley

    Nesta Creative Nation report indicates strong growth in the Creative Sector in the Thames Valley

    08.03.2018

    A recent report published by global innovation foundation, Nesta and the Creative Industries Council on the growth impact of the creative industries to local economies concluded that: The creative industries are a motor of growth in local economies across the UK:  Between 2014 and 2016, the creative industries in the average local economy increased by 11 per cent, […]

  • Thames Valley at heart of new developments in connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs)

    Thames Valley at heart of new developments in connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs)

    06.03.2018

    Milton Park, Oxfordshire is set to be the venue for the first use of fully connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV) on public roads, following the announcement of government funding into a trial project. Innovate UK has announced the award of £2.5 million to trial self-driving vehicles in and around Milton Park, a large, high-tech business […]

  • UK Prime Minister holds roundtable with senior representatives of Japanese businesses

    UK Prime Minister holds roundtable with senior representatives of Japanese businesses

    16.02.2018

    Prime Minister, Theresa May, recently held a roundtable at 10 Downing Street with senior representatives of Japanese businesses that are significant investors in the UK. During the meeting, she discussed the role of the modern Industrial Strategy in making the UK an even more attractive destination for Japanese and international investment, as well as the UK-Japan […]

  • International Trade Secretary appoints new ‘HM Trade Commissioner’ for China

    International Trade Secretary appoints new ‘HM Trade Commissioner’ for China

    07.02.2018

    International Trade Secretary, Liam Fox has announced Richard Burn as the new HM Trade Commissioner (HTMC) for China during his recent trade visit to the country. Richard is the first of nine HMTCs to represent and promote the UK in important markets across the world, leading on export promotion, inward and outward investment, and trade policy […]

  • Google invests in Thames Valley firms, Serelay and Vaccitech

    30.01.2018

    Two Thames Valley companies have recently received funding from Google and its parent company, Alphabet. Harwell, Oxfordshire based Serelay was announced as one of the recipients of the third round of funding from the Digital News Initiative (DNI), a partnership between Google and news publishers in Europe to support high-quality journalism through technology and innovation. […]

  • DIT’s former CEO of the Automotive Investment Organisation joins local firm

    DIT’s former CEO of the Automotive Investment Organisation joins local firm

    29.01.2018

    Local firm Xtrac, based in Thatcham, Berkshire, are pleased to announce Joe Greenwell CBE as non-executive Chairman with effect from July 2018. Greenwell will take over the role from Peter Digby, who becomes Company President. Xtrac’s Chief Executive, Adrian Moore will continue to head up the executive team responsible for day-to-day operations. Joe Greenwell has […]

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Paul Britton
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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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