The University of Oxford has been recognised for sixconsecutive years as the world’s best university.
Oxford and Reading listed in PwC’s Good Growth for Cities Report as the highest performing cities for the fourth 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.
Slough is ranked as the most productive city in the UK, with productivity per capita rising to £100,000 per worker in the 2020 Cities Outlook Report.
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 five years, reflecting consistent performance and improvement across the board of indices. This year’s ratings have shown the cities as particularly strong in income growth, jobs, skills, and health.
The Index sets out to show there is more to life, work and general wellbeing than simply measuring GDP. It measures the performance of 42 of the UK’s largest cities, England’s LEPs and ten Combined Authorities against a basket of 10 factors which the public think are most important when it comes to economic wellbeing.
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 2020/21.
Three Thames Valley towns and cities were ranked in the Top 10: Northern European Cities of the Future, including Slough (5th) and Newbury (9th), whilst Slough was ranked 1st in the Small European Cities of the Future category, followed by Reading (5th) and Bracknell (10th).
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.