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Bracknell Forest: the smarter choice

Bracknell Forest is an unbeatable place for companies to locate. We like to say it’s ‘where great business is in good company’ – and world leading names such as Dell, Fujitsu, Waitrose, Sharp, Boehringer Ingelheim, Honda and Panasonic all contribute to the area's well established knowledge economy and dynamic growth.

Location

Bracknell Forest is strategically located and well connected, with London in close proximity and Heathrow Airport just half an hour’s drive away. The M3 and M4 motorways are only 7 miles away. It is well connected in other ways, as the borough can boast 96% coverage for superfast broadband, which is perfect for knowledge intensive businesses.

PwC good growth for cities index

Since 2006, Bracknell alongside Reading have consistently ranked highest in the Demos-PwC good growth for cities index. This is on par with Oxford and is higher than Cambridge or London. Bracknell has particular strengths in skills, jobs, health and income. Over 85% of the Bracknell Forest population is economically active. There's a highly skilled labour force, with 40% of residents in the borough having a Bachelor’s degree, higher than the national average of 38.6%. Furthermore, Bracknell Forest is within an hour’s reach of several excellent business universities including Reading, Henley Business School, Oxford and Royal Holloway, University of London.

Bracknell town centre

Bracknell town centre’s extensive regeneration was completed in September 2017. An investment of £240 million created 580,000 sq ft of new space, establishing a fantastic retail offer of 70 new shops, high quality restaurants and a 12 screen cinema.

Bracknell, alongside Reading, was ranked by PwC in 2015 as the best place to live and work in the UK for the fourth year running. With easy access to beautiful countryside, world class golf clubs and Michelin starred restaurants, it isn’t difficult to see why.

Supporting business growth

The council has a dedicated team committed to supporting business growth. Our mission is to be amongst the most business friendly places in Europe and we’re around to help businesses of all sizes who want to grow and thrive in Bracknell Forest.

If you are interested in finding out more about Bracknell as a potential place to invest please do get in touch at economic.development@bracknell-forest.gov.uk

We routinely offer to host delegations if you would like to visit and see for yourself what a fantastic place Bracknell Forest is to do business.

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Economic indicators report

Contact information

Regeneration and Economy Team