The University of Oxford has been recognised for seven consecutive years as the world’s best University.
Oxford and Reading who are listed in PwC’s Good Growth for Cities Report as the highest performing cities for the fifth year in the row.
The UK’s largest airport, handling over 80 million international passengers annually and flying to 206 worldwide destinations.
Thames Valley is expected to exceed the UK’s growth with forecast Gross Value Added (GVA) growth of 9.40% between 2019 and 2025.
Windsor and Maidenhead listed as UK’s best performing locations in LSH Vitality Index 2022.
Slough named the best place to work in the UK based on its ease of finding a job, relatively high average salaries in comparison to living costs, employee satisfaction and cost of housing.
The Thames Valley is set to be one of the strongest performing regions over the next three years, highlighting a 0.60% predicted growth in Gross Value Added (GVA), higher than London (0.51%) and the South East (0.39%) region as a whole. Click on the report to find out more.
Paul Britton, CEO of the Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce
Oxford and Reading have topped the index for the past six years, this year ranking first and fourth respectively. The Buckinghamshire towns of High Wycombe and Aylesbury were placed 7th. A total of fifty cities were included in the 2022 index.
The PWC Good Growth for Cities Index provides an informed and intelligent bell-weather for the performance of UK cities and towns and to reflect some of the more obvious issues highlighted by the pandemic, the 2022 Index includes two new indicators covering safety and the vibrancy of local high streets.
John Ellis, PwC Reading Office Senior Partner
Cities and towns from across the Thames Valley scored highly in an array of categories for the annual fDi Magazine report on Europe’s Top Cities and Regions of the Future for 2022/23.
Small European Cities of the Future Overall: Reading (3rd); Small European Cities of the Future – Economic Potential: Reading (8th); Small European Cities of the Future – Human Capital / Lifestyle: Oxford (2nd); Small European Cities of the Future – Connectivity: Slough (1st); Small European Cities of the Future – Business Friendliness: Reading (2nd), Slough (3rd)
Micro European Cities of the Future 2022/23 – Overall: Newbury (6th), Maidenhead (8th); Micro European Cities of the Future 2022/23 – Economic Potential: Newbury (7th), Maidenhead (10th); Micro European Cities of the Future – Human Capital / Lifestyle: Windsor (1st); Micro European Cities of the Future – Connectivity: Maidenhead (6th), Newbury (10th); Micro European Cities of the Future – Business Friendliness: Maidenhead (5th), Newbury (6th)
The UK is a significant market opportunity for inward investors and at its heart – the Thames Valley – is one of its most important clusters of innovative, high-growth, IP-rich companies across the full range of tech sub-sectors.
Within the Thames Valley, the Life Sciences and Healthcare (LSH) sector is one of the most important benefitting from a number of world leading academic institutions and industry centres of excellence.