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The Thames Valley holds a unique position in the global innovation market as scientific developments and technological innovation, fostered here in the region, have helped shape the places of tomorrow.
Benefitting from access to a number of world renowned Innovation Hubs and Centres of Excellence, including the University of Oxford, Harwell Campus, Westcott Innovation Centre, Bayer LifeHub and Oxford Science Park, pioneers and experts are able to work side-by-side to deliver innovation at speed.
The region is no stranger to ground-breaking discoveries, including the world’s first transistorised computer, Europe’s first nuclear reactor and more recently, COVID-19 vaccines.
Harwell Campus is one of the UK’s leading innovation hubs, with outstanding science and technology personnel and world-leading facilities. The 700-acre campus provides approximately 6,000 employees with over £2 billion in research infrastructure. Harwell Campus lies at the heart of the science, space, and health tech sector, an established beacon of global science and discovery and one of the leading science and innovation campuses in Europe.
The University of Oxford is full of world-leading experts, covering a wide and diverse range of topics, with an appetite to explore and find solutions. With state-of-the-art facilities, the University of Oxford provides organisations with a variety of spaces, resources, equipment, and facilities to support and facilitate the growth of small businesses. Research at the university has made a significant impact across the world, from culture, business, and policy to environment and health.
Westcott Innovation Centre is at the heart of Westcott Venture Park with prominent existing space and aviation companies. Located in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, within the Westcott Space Cluster, the centre is planned to be a 1,200m2 flexible facility. The Centre is home to a growing nucleus of companies developing new innovative technologies and services in space and aviation-related industries, alongside the Westcott Business Incubation Centre and 5G Step-Out Centre.
The Thames Valley has access to a large number of academic centres of excellence, global businesses, and pioneering organisations, each with specialist areas in research, development, and industry collaboration. This provides incoming companies with direct access to a comprehensive talent pool, with some of the strongest commercial and technical skills needed to drive entrepreneurship, innovation, and business growth.
Just 8 minutes from Reading Station, Green Park offers a high-quality business environment in an established 195 acres of green and pleasant landscape. The park hosts over 7,000 people across 1.5 million sq ft of workspace.
The innovative and collaborative campus currently hosts around 80 companies located at the park, ranging from early start-ups to global R&D centres, representing a diverse range of technologies and sectors, from digital media to pioneering medical diagnostics.
Silverstone Park is at the heart of the Silverstone Technology cluster and at the forefront of global technological innovation, business development and engineering, with a wealth of high-tech engineering companies of all sizes.
SEGRO’s, Slough Trading Estate, is home to many of the world’s most successful companies, developing a reputation as a world-class location for business across a range of sectors.
The Thames Valley is an excellent place for businesses to set up in the UK. Not only is the region well-placed in terms of its proximity to London, but the Thames Valley also boasts an extensive transport network, with several major established infrastructure projects ensuring outstanding regional, national and international connectivity. Additionally, there are numerous infrastructure projects in the pipeline which will continue to build upon the already established connectivity of the Thames Valley region.
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Thames Valley Chamber of commerce provides a comprehensive ‘soft-landing support’ service for Foreign-Owned Companies (FOCs) wishing to set up or expand in the region. This includes free introductions to academic institutions, solicitors, accountants and recruitment agencies, as well as property advisors and agents, including owners of some of the region’s large commercial estates, to enable new investors to find the most appropriate and suitable site for their individual needs. For more information, please contact the Policy and Inward Investment Team here.
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