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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.

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.


Asia Pacific

Europe, the Middle East and Africa


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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.