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Financial and Professional Services

Financial & Professional Services in the UK 

The UK’s financial services sector is the most internationally focused marketplace in the world.


As of 2020, the latest year for which data are available, the sector accounts for 75.6% of total inward investment and employs 270,000 people.


Discover the reasons to invest in the UK financial services sector in this video form the Department of International Trade. Find out more here.

Financial Services in the Thames Valley

The Thames Valley is home to many of the best names in the industry which have substantial regional and specialist services offices within the region.


Major organisations based in the area include: The Asset Finance team of Aldermore Group and the global EY offices. Others include:

Alpha Group


A corporate foreign exchange specialist with a strategic focus on helping its clients control the impact currency volatility has on their businesses, Alpha Group became a publicly listed company on the London Stock Exchange in 2017.



Deloitte’s largest office outside London is located in the Thames Valley and has approximately 600 people working across all four of its service lines, with a strong team covering Reading, Gatwick and Southampton.

Covéa Insurance


Launched in 2012 as a result of a merger between MMA Insurance and Provident, the company has won countless awards since and has its head office located in the Thames Valley – one of ten UK offices.



KPMG’s Reading office is one of the firm’s largest UK regional teams, employing more than 400 professionals and working with an array of impressive companies across the Thames Valley.



PwC work with clients from across the telecommunications, energy, utilities and biotechnology industries, and are the largest professional services organisation in the Thames Valley area.



Sanlam is an international financial services group that helps their clients manage and grow their money, employing over 500 people with one of their offices based in the Thames Valley area.

The region is home to a number of specialist companies, including Honda Finance Europe and Tavistock Wealth – both based in Bracknell – Neilson Financial Services (Slough); Xafinity (whose Head Office is in Reading, ahead of five other UK locations); BDO LLP (Reading); Yattendon Group (Thatcham); and H.Young Group (Newbury).

Access to Talent & Universities 

Henley Business School


Founded in 1945, Henley Business School is a triple-accredited business school and pat of the University of Reading. With over 7000 students from more than 100 countries and over 80,000 alumni from 160 countries, as well as campuses, offices and partnerships around the world, it is a truly international institution.

Henley is among an elite group of business schools to be triple-accredited for the quality and capability of their faculty and output.

Saïd Business School


Founded in 1996, Said Business School is one the highest-ranking business schools in the world, deeply embedded in an 800-year old world-class university – and the number one university in the world. The Oxford Said Finance Lab is a joint venture between the Private Equity Institute and the University of Oxford. It is a tailored financial graduate training programme which is highly respected by financial services recruiters and senior finance professionals.

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