One of the main reasons I came to work in the M4 corridor in 1983 was that I could see that it was an area where there would be significant development and inward investment on a European scale.
This has proved to be the case both with small start ups and large multi-nationals setting up home here.
The South East is the UK's fastest growing economic region outside London, with the Thames Valley at the heart of its success, according to the findings of a report published this morning (11 December 2014). Commercial property consultancy Lambert Smith Hampton's (LSH) annual 'UK Vitality Index' identifies towns and cities that have healthy and robust local economies, are best placed to support growth and will provide opportunities for businesses to expand. Half of the top ten locations are in the South East: Guildford, Brighton, Reading, Milton Keynes and Oxford.