The place that is a magnet for growth

The region is now known as Thames Valley Berkshire, and Reading is its fast-growing capital. Reading’s success has been built on its scientific and technological expertise, and this remains an important part of the city’s character as well as that of the region. The University of Reading is in the world’s top 1%, and it is in friendly rivalry and often in collaboration with Oxford University just a short journey away. Over 42% of the local population have been educated to degree level or above, one of the UK’s highest figures, and most graduates stay locally to pursue careers.

As a result, Reading has three times the number of tech companies than average, and this figure continues to rise, making it the number one tech cluster in the UK. Over 600 telcos are based in Berkshire and there are growing sector clusters in energy and the environment as well as life sciences and healthcare. It creates a high-value knowledge economy. Companies coming into this infrastructure find their supply needs are already well-supported, with easy access to a skilled workforce, customers, partners and financial markets.

7 million

Area talent pool of 7 million highly skilled workers

111,500

A region of 115,000 
businesses

42.6%

42.6% of population are 
graduates

11

11 of the world’s top 15 tech companies located here

13

Home to 13 of the world’s 
top 30 brands

No.1

UK’s number 1 regional technology centre.