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vibrant, international business community

The Thames Valley is the fastest-growing region in the UK outside of London. It encompasses companies from all over the world, covering a wide range of sectors, who are brought together in a connected business community.

For this reason, the Thames Valley is considered to be the UK’s true ‘turbo-economy’ and the place to be.

The region is continually placed at the very top of many established, independent, locational and business rankings.  This includes PwC’s Good Growth for Cities report, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, EY’s Regional Economic Forecast and the fDi European Cities and Regions of the Future Report.

3 of the top 9 locations in the PwC Good Growth for Cities report are in the Thames Valley.  

Oxford University  – the Number 1 University in the world for the 8th consecutive year.

London Heathrow is the world’s most internationally connected airport.

Reading and Oxford – top ’10 winners’ (small European cities category).

Corporate Headquarters ​and recent Foreign Direct Investors (FDI)

The Thames Valley is home to countless corporate headquarters and many international brands.

In addition, over the past 10 years, TVCC have helped secure over 1,000 FDIs, supporting those foreign owned companies who have chosen to locate to the region.

Business Growth

The Thames Valley is forecast to be the highest-growing region in the UK, with a Gross Value Added (GVA) growth of 2.4% predicted for 2024-26.  Reading tops the overall UK growth chart at 2.7%.

Reading’s growth across Information Technology and Communications (ITEC) and Professional Services, Science and Technology sectors, is driving this high growth, with these sectors forecast to grow by 4.3% and 3.1% per annum respectively.

Strongest performing region in the UK –  2.40% predicted growth

No. 1 Performing Location – Reading tops the overall UK growth chart at 2.7%

High Wycombe and Windsor and Maidenhead are top 10 towns in the UK Vitality Index (2024)

Connectivity

The Thames Valley is one of Europe’s best connected regions.

London Heathrow is the UK’s only hub airport and largest port by volume and value. Passengers can fly to 214 destinations.

Reading and Oxford in Top 10 of Small European Cities of the Future 2024 report with Slough taking top spot for connectivity. 

Fast and frequent direct rail access to London and Heathrow Airport, with the Elizabeth Line providing direct connectivity.

Four strategic routes in the region (the M4, M40, M3 and M25) connect the Thames Valley to the rest of England and Wales.

The region has direct road links to the UK’s main seaports at Southampton, Dover and Felixstowe.

Talent and Education

The Thames Valley is one of the most effective working, productive economies in Europe, built on an IP rich, innovative business community, able to drawn on an international talent pool.

Home to some of the world’s leading Universities and centres of excellence, business has access to innovation business spin-outs, high-growth, pioneering organisations and a collaborative research and development environment driving growth.

Home to the No. 1 University in the World

The University of Oxford has been recognised for eight consecutive years as the world’s best University.

Delivering business-led skills solutions

Leading skills and training programmes that are bringing forward issues and solutions that will shape future workforce needs.

World Leading Academic Institutions 

The region is home to leading Universities and Centres of Excellence, providing academic distinction in multiple fields.

University Technical Colleges (UTCs)

The Thames Valley is also home to a number of leading UTCs, which combine technical, practical and academic learning.

Reading is a truly global University, notably on climate change research and metrology; University College of Estate Management trains graduates in the built environment, all making an impact on their world and Buckinghamshire New University is voted one of the top universities in the country for student satisfaction.

Exploring Heritage and Culture

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We are proven centre of excellence for inward investment services. 

Working alongside our tried and tested key partners, we have helped secure over 1,000 Foreign Direct Investment projects into the region, worth £billions to the region and the UK economy.

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