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Information Technology

The UK develops software for many applications and international companies, providing funding for research and development (R&D). About 100,000 software companies operate in the UK including Microsoft, IBM and HP.

The UK cloud computing market offers large investment opportunities for companies in the ICT sector. 18% of UK small medium enterprises (SMEs) use cloud and a further 30% plan to use them in the next 12 months. 81% of established cloud users in the UK plan to increase cloud usage over the next 2 years.


Many key global IT businesses choose to locate in the Thames Valley, which for many years has been known as the UK’s Silicon Valley.

The UK headquarters of global software giant Microsoft is known as the Microsoft Campus, and is found at Thames Valley Park, not far from the centre of Reading. For a tour of their great site and some of the facilities available to their people, go to Microsoft UK HQ tour.


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. The company also chose to locate its UK headquarters at Thames Valley Park, which, with a small number of large buildings, has a clear IT focus. Neighbours for Microsoft and Oracle include Digicom 360ComputacenterForcepointOpenTextand Jive Software.


One of the six Cisco offices in the UK is based at Green Park, near Reading. This fabulous location has 19 buildings in 195 acres and gives Cisco around 60 neighbours including many in the IT sector – have a browse to see how many of them you know and with how many you might want to work.


Dell has approximately 2,500 employees in the UK, over five main locations – London, Bracknell, Nottingham, Glasgow and Edinburgh. Dell say “The head office based in Bracknell is positioned within the Thames Valley in an excellent location to be accessible to all our major clients and potential new customers.”


Oxbotica is developing the next generation of autonomous vehicles – creating the software that makes them go. Using the latest in computer vision and machine learning, their systems learn from their environment and share experiences with each other, so that they’re getting smarter all the time. Spun out from the University of Oxford in 2014 to develop a ‘brain’ for driverless cars, in March 2017 Oxbotica won a Financial Times ArcelorMittal Boldness in Business award. The company also carried off the ‘Smaller Company’ award for its achievements in creating artificial intelligence software for the next generation of autonomous road vehicles.


Serelay, one of 10 start-ups to be named in Tech Nation’s Rising Stars (2019), is based at Harwell Campus. Establishing the industry standard for trusted digital media capture, it enables mobile devices to capture photos and videos which can be queried for authenticity of content, time and location.


WaveOptics are a world-leading designer and manufacturer of diffractive waveguides, the key optical component in wearable augmented reality devices. With its technology designed to be used for immersive AR experiences, the company has expanded its presence at Milton Park, Oxfordshire, in the Science Vale Enterprise Zone by more than 250% to when it first moved to the business park in 2016.


With over 14,000 employees in the UK and Ireland, Fujitsu is the largest Japanese employer in the region.


Fujitsu Technology Solutions has one of Fujitsu’s 12 UK locations in Bracknell, from where they offer the full range of infrastructure products, solutions and services. In 2014 they transferred 600 jobs to their existing Bracknell offices. Dr Phillip Lee, MP for Bracknell, said “It is great news Fujitsu has named Bracknell as a primary location for investment. The continued success of established enterprises is just as important as attracting new business investment into the region. Bracknell is a hub of technological and business innovation, and Fujitsu’s recognition of the town as a great area to invest in, is welcome news for our area and economy.”.


Also in the Thames Valley, Fujitsu Electronics Europe has had offices in Maidenhead (which is a little nearer London Heathrow Airport) since the 1980s.


The University of Oxford’s oldest college launched the University College Blockchain Research Centre in October 2018. Led by Professor Bill Roscoe, former head of Oxford University Computer Science Department and fellow of the college, the centre will begin by focusing on computing and cryptography. The aim is to improve the efficiency of blockchain mining and look into how to approach its other, newer challenges. In June 2018, Stanford University, another prestigious higher education institute, announced it would be creating a centre for blockchain research to focus on understanding the technology and its potential impacts.