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According to the Department for International Trade’s inward investment statistics for 2018/19, the UK’s leading European source markets are Germany, Netherlands and France.


These findings are also reflected in the Thames Valley, with the region’s Inward Investment Results Report highlighting Spain, Sweden and Italy as additional key markets for FDI in the region, where 38 out of a total of 105 new projects emanated from these six markets.


See some of the many examples of European companies investing in the region below.

Why do Portuguese investors choose the UK?

Hear Christopher Sainty – the British Ambassador to Portugal – share his views and experiences on investing in the UK and doing business in Portugal.

Why should German businesses invest in Great Britain?

Senior industry representatives share their views on what makes the UK the natural target for companies that are investing and growing.
The German-owned global pharmaceutical company had a number of compelling reasons for choosing to remain in the Thames Valley when relocating their UK headquarters to new premises in Reading – discover them here.
The Italian-owned independent aerospace system engineering company welcomed the opportunity to work with the strong cluster of space-related companies and the chance to exploit the sector know-how that Harwell offers. Find out more on our dedicated Space page.
Global technology giant Thales, whose head office is just outside Paris, has a 130-year history in the UK, incorporating many iconic British businesses, such as Racal. The recent opening of their state-of-the-art facility in Green Park, Reading, reaffirmed the company as a major contributor to the UK and the Thames Valley economy.

What attracts French companies to the Thames Valley?

Sarah Robert speaks, in both English and French, of her role in James Cowper Kreston’s International Tax team and what makes the region a destination of choice for French companies.

What makes the region a destination of choice for Italian companies?

Hear from Charlotte Firth (in both English and Italian), part of James Cowper Kreston’s International Tax team, on what the region has to offer Italian inward investors.
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