Known as the ‘Silicon Valley of Europe’, the Thames Valley is a superb success story. Considered one of the most economically vibrant and well-connected communities in the UK, we are home to some of the world’s most successful global brands, innovative small businesses, and novel new generation entrepreneurs.
What attracts French companies to the Thames Valley?
Sarah Robert speaks, in both English and French, of her role in James Cowper Kreston's International Tax team and what makes the region a destination of choice for French companies.
What makes the Thames Valley a destination of choice for Italian companies?
Hear from Charlotte Firth (in both English and Italian), part of James Cowper Kreston's International Tax team, on what the region has to offer Italian inward investors.
How does Oxford Innovation foster inward investment from countries such as China?
Discover more about Oxford Innovation's investment arm in this interview with Matthew McLarty.
How can foreign owned companies engage the DIT to support investment decisions?
Dr Orhan Ertughrul from G-SMATT EUROPE speaks of the support the Department for International Trade can give foreign-owned companies seeking to set-up in the UK.
Companies from North America are very well represented in the region, most notably the United States. As the single most popular origin for new investments and expansion projects entering the Thames Valley, this market has continuously been high-performing. The primary locations for inward investment include both the East and West Coast regions, particularly Silicon Valley and the Boston-metro area. That said, secondary city locations are becoming increasingly active, resulting in investment opportunities emerging from British Colombia and Ontario.
A cross-section of companies are also widely represented from the EMEA market, with a portfolio of new investment and expansion projects emanating from Finland, France, Germany, Israel, South Africa and Switzerland. Asia Pacific, most notably Australia, China and Japan but also South Korea and Taiwan, remains a strong market for the Thames Valley, with a consistently active project portfolio from these countries.
The Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce, and its partner network, have specialist market-focused services that can assist companies from these markets, including a dedicated China Desk and Japan Desk.
Follow the links below for more information on the markets represented in the Thames Valley region.