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USA East Coast

Major businesses from across the East Coast of the USA have invested or expanded their presence in the Thames Valley over the past 12-24 months

Scale of Thames Valley investment

Major businesses from across the East Coast of the USA have invested or expanded their presence in the Thames Valley over the past 12-24 months, Doubling growth from the previous year. While Johnson & Johnson created 100 new jobs, Equipnet set up its European headquarters and TripAdvisor expanded with an additional 150 employees.

Daily flights from Heathrow


London Heathrow Airport is a global hub, with over £11bn recently spent on two new terminals and direct access to over 180 worldwide destinations. Included within these are 22 direct flights per day from Heathrow to the West Coast of the USA with flights to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose and Seattle.


Heathrow is approximately a 20 minute drive from Slough, a 40 minute drive from Reading and only an hour’s drive from Oxford.


The Western Rail Access to Heathrow (WRAtH) project, when complete, will enable a rapid journey to Slough, with great links from there to the rest of the Thames Valley and beyond.

Specific East Coast businesses locating and growing in the Thames Valley


Equipnet is the world’s most comprehensive surplus asset management company. They are appraisers, brokers, and auctioneers of laboratory instrumentation and manufacturing equipment. With offices around the world, including in six European countries, they have chosen to locate their European Headquarters here in the Thames Valley, an ideal area from which to conduct European business.


3D Systems, the inven­tors of 3D printing, were looking to set up an “on demand” 3D print service in the UK. Rather than set up from scratch, the company looked for an acquisition of one of the UK’s top companies in the sector and chose Thames Valley based CRDM, who have a track record of 3D printing since 1994. The company now employs over 40 people in the Thames Valley and is looking to move into new and existing sectors. The company has valued help from the DfIT and Thames Valley Cham­ber to establish relationships and make introduc­tions to UK supply chains and primary networks, as well as raising their profile.


Qstream, who specialise in a “mobile sales capabilities platform” – have opened a new sales HQ for the EMEA region in Maidenhead, following a growth in international bookings up 200%+.  The company reports the “expanded presence in the region will facilitate continued growth worldwide.”


Alnylam, one of the most promising US biotechnology companies, has joined a growing number of life science and healthcare businesses by establishing its European drug development and commercial headquarters in Maidenhead.  The firm has announced its intention to build up a team of more than 100 people, including scientific, medical and business staff. On opening its doors, the company welcomed positive messages of support received from Prime Minister Theresa May, in whose constituency the investment lies.


Acquia is a leading provider of cloud platform for building, delivering and optimising digital experiences. The company is actively recruiting and expanding their operations in Reading, with new sales and service engineers being recruited to support company growth.

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