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USA West Coast

Scale of Thames Valley investment

Every year, major businesses from the West Coast of the USA move to or expand their operations to the Thames Valley.

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 West Coast businesses locating and growing in the Thames Valley


Microsoft chose to locate its world-famous campus at Thames Valley Park (TVP) in Reading, making that location its UK headquarters. For a tour of this prestigious site and some of the facilities available to its staff, visit HQ tour.


Oracle, who are also based at the Park, chose the location ahead of its seven other UK offices. With more than 420,000 customers and deployments in more than 145 countries, Oracle offers a comprehensive and fully integrated stack of cloud applications, platform services and engineered systems.


In November 2016, the company completed a major acquisition of NetSuite, the very first cloud company. Its office, near Heathrow Airport, is one of only five in Europe and its main UK office, ahead of the London operation.


San Jose, in the centre of California’s Silicon Valley, is home to major businesses including CiscoCadence Design Systems and Adobe, so it’s not surprising that they would choose to locate in the heart of the UK’s Silicon Valley. For Cisco, this is one of its six UK offices, while Cadence Design Systems located its EMEA HQ here, ahead of three other UK offices and their offices in seventeen other European countries.


Amgen has more than 500 staff in the UK and Ireland, working in both the commercial and research and development organisations. Its Abingdon site is located only 15 minutes away from the historic city of Oxford and is dedicated to the analytical testing of oncolytic immunotherapies.