Slough and the Thames Valley are thriving. Companies from around the world are locating their business in Berkshire and especially Slough because we are perfectly placed in the heart of England - under 20 minutes from Heathrow and London, on the M4 motorway and close to Windsor, Oxford University and the River Thames and other places.
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Accessibility & Transport

Slough and the Thames Valley are just west of Greater London. They are 20 minutes from London Paddington and Heathrow. Our excellent transport connections mean skilled workers are within a 45-minute commute. 

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Skills & Education

Slough and the Thames Valley are full of talented people. Around half the Lonza team, for example, lives around Slough. There are a lot of ICT and technology specialists in the area. 

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The Facts About Business in Slough

  • £7.5 billion turnover
  • £700 million of output in manufacturing
  • Continued growth in service sector jobs
  • The Thames Valley is the 10th most promising region in Europe for inward investment (and 3rd in the UK), while Slough is 3rd for infrastructure, in FDi Intelligence’s ‘European Cities & Regions of the Future’ report
  • 87,000 jobs in approximately 4,600 businesses
  • 77% of 16 to 65 year olds in work
  • 7,000 manufacturing jobs
  • Average weekly salary of £616 (that is above the South East and UK average)

Case Studies

Telefonica (O2)

In Slough, we have sales, marketing, finance, operations, IT and network technology people. So a lot of our business planning and creation of innovative services goes on in Slough. Next it is O2 Ville – our vision over the next three years on how O2 can help customers connect to the people and things that are important to them, like health and financial services, M2M devices, WIFI and unified comms.

Ben Dowd - Business director at Telefónica O2

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Slough is the centre of excellence for biologics process development and small scale manufacturing. Our other biologics plants are in Singapore, Spain and North America. A lot of projects start life in Slough.

Gordon Bates - Head of operations at Lonza Biologics

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SEGRO in Slough said, "We share the same sorts of aims as the Council. We want to bring businesses to Slough and keep them here, put money into the local economy, and help regenerate the area. - We have got strong relationships with the local authority, councillors and the local community..."

Paul Lewis - Regional director at SEGRO

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Slough has a very multinational community and we enjoy life here. There’s a lot to do nearby. We like walking to Windsor, only an hour away, when the weather’s good. - And London provides endless possibilities… brunch in China Town, movies in Leicester Square, walks by the Thames at Westminster, or trips to museums, art galleries and West End theatres are just some of the things we appreciate.

Andrew Yuan - Managing Director of Hytera Communications (UK) Co., Ltd

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Oury Clark

The excellent level of education in Slough, with its great mix of grammar schools, academies and private schools also provides a local skilled workforce.

Jo Wright - Business Development at Oury Clark

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