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Lambert Smith Hampton’s (LSH) Vitality Index (2022) reveals Windsor and Maidenhead to be the UK’s best-performing location

08:22 07 April in Berkshire, News

LSH’s 2022 UK Vitality Index has revealed Windsor & Maidenhead to the be the UK’s best-performing location, based on a range of measures including economy, health and environment. Other Thames Valley towns and cities featured in the top ten with Reading 4th highest, High Wycombe eighth and Oxford nineth.

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The LSH Vitality Index assesses the UK’s 100 largest towns and cities outside London to identify which are the best to live and do business in, and have the strongest growth prospects. Each location was ranked on three pillars: Economy & Business; Living; and Health & Environment. An additional “Opportunity Index”, first introduced in the 2021 report, puts a spotlight on those locations best placed to overcome current challenges and grow.  A deeper dive of these pillars see’s Slough placed seventh under Economy and Business.

Windsor & Maidenhead performed strongly in all three pillars, notably ‘Living’ (placed second) and ‘Economy & Business’ (placed tenth). Reading was also the other member of the top ten to appear in two of the three pillars, while Oxford’s had a particularly notable jump to 9th from 26th in 2021. South East locations dominated ‘Economy & Business’, ‘Living’ was the most regionally diverse, and the South West and East of England were particularly well-represented in ‘Health & Environment’.

Dominic Faires, Director and Head of Agency at LSH’s Maidenhead office, said: “Naturally I am a strong advocate for the advantages of Windsor & Maidenhead, but to see it take top spot in the index – improving on the second place it secured last year – underlines the fundamental strengths of the area. It has the highest level of business density of any location, with high scores for higher education attainment and affluent households, and the imminent opening of the Elizabeth Line will only increase the vitality of Windsor & Maidenhead further.”

Paul Britton, Chief Executive of Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce, said, “The report reaffirms the strength of the Thames Valley as the UK’s turbo-economy.  It highlights the importance of the region as an engine of growth for UK plc and the sustained need to invest in the success of the Thames Valley to enable wider Government investment.  We continue to represent the Thames Valley and its business community through our engagement with Government and key stakeholders to ensure we continue to create the conditions for our continued success and economic growth”.