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As one of the world’s top economies, offering excellent growth opportunities and investment potential, the UK is viewed as a low-risk business environment with a high quality of life – making the country a truly unique and great place.

Ideally located on the doorstep of London with easy access and good transport links, the Thames Valley benefits from close proximity to Heathrow Airport, providing outstanding global connections and access to markets across Europe and the rest of the world.

Intra-regional transportation networks are impressive, having been bolstered by many new and substantial investments into infrastructure, such as the completion of the Smart M3 Motorway. The region’s connectivity is set to continue, with both Crossrail and the Reading Green Park Station (serving the Green Park Business Park and Madejski Stadium) becoming operational in 2019, and the Smart M4 Motorway to be completed by 2022. Excellent transport links ensure access to other buoyant markets across the UK, from north to south.

The Thames Valley is not only the UK’s true powerhouse but its engine. Strongly viewed as a proven investment destination and the number one region outside of London for attracting inward investment, it continues to experience significant growth. Driven by the breadth and depth of businesses already located here, a great pool of talented people, and globally renowned academic institutions driving scientific collaboration and commercialisation, it’s easy to see why so many choose the region.

Ongoing opportunities profit the local business community, presenting many compelling reasons to locate to the region:

  • Joint fastest growing UK region, with GVA of 1.9% per year to 2019 (EY)
  • UK’s top performing small region of the future (FDI Intelligence European Cities and Regions of the Future 2018/19)
  • Expected growth rate of 2.3% through to 2020, outperforming all UK regions including London (EY’s UK Regional Economic Forecast 2017/18)
  • Strongly placed in the top five for economic potential, human resources, cost effectiveness, quality of life, infrastructure and business support
  • Widely regarded as the number one region outside of London for attracting inward investment

The Thames Valley is also home to:

  • An estimated economy size of £83,848 million, bigger than that of 11 of the EU’s 28 member states, including Hungary, Luxembourg and Bulgaria
  • 10 of the top 50 global organisations in the world; 113 of the world’s top $30 billion brands
  • 115,000 businesses, including 11 of the world’s top 15 tech companies
  • Two of the top three UK cities with GVA per worker over 25% above the national average (Cities Outlook 2018)
  • Three of the ten fastest growing towns and cities in the UK, four of the ten most entrepreneurial and five of the ten most productive (UK Vitality Index 2018)
  • University of Oxford – the number one university in the world for the third year in a row (THE World University Rankings 2019)
  • Reading, one of the top 10 ‘Small European Cities of the Future’, and the second ‘Small European City of the Future for Business Friendliness’ (FDI Intelligence European Cities and Regions of the Future 2018/19)
  • Reading and Oxford – the two highest performing UK cities (PwC’s Good Growth for Cities 2018)
  • Fastest employment growth of all UK cities (Reading) with 0.9% growth, outpacing the UK by 0.3% (EY’s UK Regional Economic Forecast 2017/18)
  • Slough, the second largest trading city in the UK

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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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Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce Group

The Thames Valley Chamber is a proven centre of excellence for International Trade and Inward Investment support services. Our team provides practical support to help inbound and established businesses reach their potential. We are one of the largest Chambers accredited by the British Chambers of Commerce in the UK and the only accredited Chamber in the region.