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The Secrets of Slough’s Success

On15/ 12 /16
Slough's business credentials make for impressive reading; the town is home to hundreds of big brands from Siemens to Mars, has a £7.5 billion turnover and offers approximately 87,000 jobs.

And it doesn't stop there…the average weekly salary in the town is £616 – well above the South East and UK averages.

 Slough is also outdoing most of the country in terms of new business creation. 

Slough may have been parodied in the office, however it’s one of Britain’s true business success stories. So what is the secret of the town's success?

1. Distance from London

The short distance from London is a big draw for firms. Slough is under 20 minutes to London Paddington and with the arrival of Crossrail scheduled for 2019, the commute times to Tottenham Court Road and Canary Wharf will be 34 minutes and 46 minutes respectively.

The proximity to London is not only convenient for meetings; it also helps Slough to attract some of the best talent in the country. A labour force of 2.6 million people reside within a 1 hour journey of the town, giving Slough companies access to a large employment base.

2. Offices and Business Parks

Slough Trading Estate is one of the longest established, largest business parks in the world, home to many major brands.

The Trading Estate provides good, cost-effective office space in comparison with the capital. There is also plenty of space, with the trading estate offering a huge 7,500,000 square feet of premium offices. This allows growing business the room to expand with car parking also readily available.

3. Proximity to Heathrow

Slough is located a mere 14 minutes by car from Heathrow Terminal 5 and around 20 minutes from the other terminals. This makes it arguably even more convenient than London for international meetings.

What's more, there are plans for a new Heathrow rail link, connecting with the London main line at Slough. If approved, this would provide a quicker route to the airport via public transport.

4. Start-ups and growing businesses

According to a report, Slough is Britain’s second start-up capital after London. The presence of the large corporates in Slough, has sparked the arrival of countless connected firms that service these businesses. These include hospitality companies, couriers, logistics firms and more.

5. The Appeal of Berkshire

Berkshire and its neighbour Buckinghamshire have a great deal to offer residents with some beautiful countryside, bustling market towns and superb transport connections.

The two counties are home to picaresque riverside locations such as Marlow, Henley-on-Thames and Bray, which are popular with residents and visitors alike. The area is also full of great eateries and a host of activities for all the family, providing that all important work-life balance.

So, it seems that there is more to Slough than David Brent and the office! The town offers those living in London and across the Thames Valley a host of employment opportunities, exceptional transport connections and a good range of local attractions and amenities.

For more information on opportunities in Slough, contact a member of the Bucks and Berks team today. Our experienced consultants have established strong relationships with a range of Slough businesses and can help you to secure your ideal role.

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