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4 Top Towns Within the Thames Valley for Your Next Office Location

On10/ 10 /18
Not everyone can spend their entire life in London with the noise, people and fast paced living. This not only applies to individuals, but also big companies that are being forced to move out of the traditional business districts as they are concerned over space and rent, which are now at record highs in the capital.

So, it comes as no surprise that many major companies such as Dell, Telefónica and Microsoft have already decided to make a move by settling their head quarters in the Thames Valley area. Here at Bucks & Berks we utilised our local expertise to put together the ultimate Thames Valley area guide for businesses considering relocating... 


Office rent cost: starts from £149 per person per month*
Connection: 20 minutes to London Paddington by train (Great Western Railway service), 1 hour by car (M4) 

Sitting on the western periphery of London, Slough is home to the largest trading estate in single ownership within Europe, making it a thriving destination for large and small companies with the likes of O2, Ferrari, UK Mail, ZTE and Burger King. 

The Slough Trading Estate is 486 acres of commercial property that provides 7,500,000 sq. ft. of accommodation to 500 businesses and a working population of about 20,000 people. 

Choosing Slough is a perfect idea if you’re looking for a fast, direct link with the capital. Located in the heart of the Thames Valley, Slough can be quickly accessed by train (20 minutes from London Paddington) and car (an hour drive from central London). 


Office rent cost: starts from £35 per person per month*
Connection: 1 hour to London Waterloo by train (South Western Railway service), 1.5h by car (A404 and M4), 10 minutes to Reading by train (Great Western Railway) 

Located 39 miles west of London, Wokingham is an easily commutable town from both London Waterloo and Reading that attracts businesses that require their employees to attend frequent off-site meetings. Through a direct link with the capital and Reading, companies can also enjoy the benefit of recruiting top-notch candidates who possess valuable experience of working for both small and large organisations.

Wokingham is also a great place to start a business in. For years, Wokingham Borough Council have been working in partnership with local housing associations to offer its residents a unique opportunity of gaining skills required to open their own company. 


Office rent cost: starts from £149 per person per month*
Connection: 1 hour to London Waterloo by train (South Western Railway), 1.5h by car (M3 & A4), 20 minutes to Reading by train (South Western Railway)

Known as a commercial centre and the UK headquarters for technology companies including Siemens, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard and 3M, Bracknell has been named as one of the top places in Britain for big businesses.

Bracknell’s business hotspot, Bracknell Forest, is strategically located and well connected. With London in close proximity and Heathrow Airport just half an hour’s drive away, Bracknell Forest makes it a perfect destination for established companies looking for their next, premium HQ location. 


Office rent cost: starts from £165 per person per month*
Connection: 30 minutes to London Paddington by train (Great Western Railway), 1.15h by car (M4 & M25), 2h to Cardiff by train (Great Western Railway)

If you’re looking for an experience of top London business opportunities but with a lower office maintenance cost, then Reading is an option. Recognised as the number one tech centre in the country, this large Berkshire town is a great spot whenever you’re running a new start-up or a well-established business. 
According to the 10th Annual Employees Choice Awards revealed by Glass Door, over 20 companies based in Reading have been voted the best places to work by staff including the likes of Microsoft, Waitrose and Procter & Gamble.

Looking to recruit qualified, top calibre personnel to your Thames Valley office? At Bucks & Berks we work in partnership with our clients as an extension of the HR department. Our team know the local area and businesses, so why not send us your job brief today?


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