Waterloo Office Guide
The northern Home Counties are economically prosperous. They consist of Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Essex, Berkshire, and Middlesex. Thanks to their close proximity to London, many towns and villages in the northern Home Counties are located on the London Commuter Belt. The flow of people, goods, and services has resulted in economic upward mobility, and high levels of investment in the northern home counties. Consequently, many cities in the home counties have themselves become commercial centres. The are an increasingly popular location for companies seeking to establish themselves in the UK.
Once such example is Reading, in Berkshire. Although located on the London commuter belt, it is an important commercial centre in its own right. In recent years Reading has become a hot spot for technology companies. Microsoft, Oracle, and the BG Group are all major international companies with head offices in Reading.
As office space in London has become increasingly expensive due to high demand, office developers in the area have adapted by establishing business parks. By combining lower rents with easy access to London, business parks have proved to be very popular. Thames Valley Park, for instance, is located in Berkshire, and is specifically designed for companies in the hi-tech industry. Fujitsu, Microsoft Jive Software, and Websense are some of the companies that have offices in this Berkshire business park.
Westcott Venture Park, in Buckinghamshire, provides industrial and office space between 120 sq ft and 30 000 sq ft. The park also provides a café, a shop, meeting rooms, and a driver's rest room all in one convenient location. This park has proven particularly successful with engineering firms. European Astrotech, BAE Systems, FedEx are among the 55 companies that have offices at Westcott Venture Park. As London expands over the next few years, with increasing pressures on real estate, the area is set to become ever more attractive as a business destination.