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A range of sectors are focusing on the Thames Valley as ‘the place to be’. From Motorsport to the Life Sciences; Space to Energy, and Digital Technology to Finance, countless world-leading companies are creating clusters which are centres of excellence.

Advanced Engineering & Manufacturing
Creative Industries
Digital Technology
Environment, Energy & Infrastructure
Financial & Professional Services
Life Sciences & Healthcare


Oxbotica, at the heart of software development for autonomous vehicles, finds its home in the Thames Valley, alongside BMW Mini and YASA Motors.

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Centred on the Silverstone F1 circuit with most teams based in the Thames Valley, the cluster encourages the growth of countless businesses in the F1 supply chain.

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The Thames Valley is home to Harwell – the world’s leading science, innovation, technology and business campus.

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Film, Gaming and Digital Media are well-represented across the Thames Valley.


Pinewood Studios and iconic brands including James Bond and Star Wars are just the start of a huge sector that has global importance.

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Home to many of the world's leading computer games companies who have produced some of the most popular content.

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Within the Thames Valley, the University of Oxford especially has world-leading expertise in AI, with dedicated, research-based programmes.


Three of the world’s top-10 communication giants – Telefonica, Verizon and Vodafone – are based in the Thames Valley, at the pinnacle of a dynamic cluster of businesses.

Cyber Security

Oxfordshire’s clear strength in this sub-sector ripples across the wider region. Key institutions include Deloitte’s Cyber Intelligence Centre and the Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre.

Data Centres

The Thames Valley is home to the largest data centre conurbation in Europe – concentrated on the Slough Industrial Estate.

Information Technology

Famed for the global brands that call the region home, major businesses include Microsoft, Dell, Canon, HP and Oracle, which are joined by 600+ digital tech start-ups each year.


Highly regarded healthcare providers which seek to utilise innovative research have made their home in the Thames Valley.

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Innovation Hubs

A number of science innovation ‘hubs’ and centres of excellence are present in the region, including Harwell, with its world-class facilities.

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Medical Technology

Close proximity to both national and international markets has drawn many world-renowned drugs and delivery technology companies to the Thames Valley.

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Many of the leading pharmaceutical companies have chosen to locate or relocate into the region and enjoy the benefits of being part of a major cluster of companies in the sector.

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The LSH cluster within the Thames Valley is supported by a range of academic institutions and R&D centres of excellence, including the University of Oxford and University of Reading.

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James Cowper Kreston
Lambert Smith Hampton