The Thames Valley


Characterized as:
– the most potent economic area outside London
– the heart and soul of British economy
– fueled by the Heathrow phenomenon that brought US software and IT companies near London
– a hub for the life-sciences sector

The towns in the Valley
–> Slough, now the most diverse in the UK – where 80 languages are spoken!! Home to more European corporate headquarters than Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland combined!
–> Reading, home to the headquarters of Microsoft and Oracle; one of the top 10 UK retail destinations

Challenges for the valley: to maintain its competitive edge
Needed to be improved: infrastructure and skills

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