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USA West Coast

The Silicon Valley of Europe

Each year, West Coast companies are increasingly moving or expanding their operations to the Thames Valley.


Within close-proximity of London – but without the cost, and west of Heathrow Airport, which has 22 daily direct flights to the West Coast, informed investors are drawn to the UK’s ‘Silicon Valley of Europe’ as their preferred destination of choice.

Scale of investment

Cultivating and maintaining relationships are important especially as the Thames Valley and Silicon Valley are two of the world’s leading places to start and scale a business, with early-stage finance and business advice readily available. The two regions have strong synergies across several sectors, including technology, life sciences, real estate, retail and creative media.


Successes reflected in numbers:

Specific West Coast companies locating and growing in the Thames Valley

Amgen, headquartered in California, has a site situated in Abingdon, approximately 15 minutes away from the historic city of Oxford.

Microsoft chose to locate its world-famous campus at Thames Valley Park (TVP) in Reading, making that location its UK headquarters.

Oracle are also based at TVP and chose the location as its headquarters ahead of its seven other UK offices.