Local Chambers of Commerce and the Local Chamber Advisory Groups (LCAGs)
Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce is one of the largest British Chambers of Commerce accredited Chambers in the UK. It is the official accredited Chamber for the counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Swindon.
The Chamber’s policy team campaigns regionally and nationally on behalf of businesses of all sizes. They lobby, make representation and exert a powerful influence on Government with the aim of creating a more favourable business environment.
Each sub-region of the Thames Valley has an individual Chamber of Commerce who serve to represent the local business community. Within this, an elected group of local representatives, called the Local Chamber Advisory Group (LCAG) meet and discuss local policy issues.
The LCAG also helps shape and frame TVCC’s Local Policy Priorities. By reviewing the actions and objectives linked to delivering these priorities, they provide an active and positive voice for the businesses in the community. These documents reflect the policy issues affecting the respective areas and the focus for the LCAG in working to help address and resolve them. The policies within the statements should be read in conjunction with the Chamber’s wider strategic priorities outlined in the Business Manifesto.
Membership is open to all businesses, from sole traders and SMEs to corporate companies and PLCs.
For more information on each sub-region, the LCAGs and their local policy priorities, please click on the map below.
The county hosts a broad range of businesses as well as major education and tourist industries. The University of Oxford is an academic centre of excellence, ranked No. 1 in the world for the fifth consecutive year (2020).
The county is well connected by road and rail, with a thriving business community. The area is a central, strategic location with first class export links provided by the M4 corridor with close proximity to London and London Heathrow Airport.
Slough has the highest concentration of global corporate HQs outside of London, with its proximity to Heathrow and great motorway connections making Slough an attractive place to invest.
Well served by good rail and road links, Bracknell has close proximity to London, Heathrow and the M4 making it an ideal base for big corporates and multinationals. Bracknell’s regeneration projects, worth £124 million, have encouraged a new stream of start-ups and expanding businesses to the region.
READING & WOKINGHAM
Reading is listed as one of the highest performing cities and forecast to be the fastest-growing city in the UK with 2.2% GVA growth per year from 2018-2021. The region is a magnet for many international companies, attracted by the location and the excellent business facilities available.
A strong industrial base, characterised by a strong service sector, several manufacturing and distribution firms as well as a new and emerging digital technology industry. Newbury has been recognised as one of the fDi’s top 10 Northern European Cities of the Future.
Swindon is a high-tech centre of excellence with a thriving industrial and commercial centre. It is home to many of the Chamber member companies including BMW, Thames Water and GWR.