West Berkshire Council

West Berkshire Council celebrates record number of businesses

The council currently has 5704 business rated properties in the area, more than ever before.

2018 - Northbrook Street

Issued on: 11 July 2018

This growing number of businesses is particularly good news for the area as West Berkshire Council successfully lobbied the Government to become part of a one year business rate retention pilot, which will see a further £1.7 million to the council's budget. This will be spent on infrastructure projects and essential services for local residents.

The news is the latest of a number of positive stories about West Berkshire's thriving business community in recent weeks. It follows ThinkBroadband's findings that the area has the best rural broadband in the country; TechNation's report which stated that Newbury is the top tech town in the UK; the announcement that West Berkshire may become the first rural authority to benefit from 5G technology and the cross-party motion at Council in support of Heathrow expansion and the Western Rail Link.

Responding to the news, James Fredrickson, West Berkshire's Executive Member for Economic Development, said:

"This is yet more good news about West Berkshire's local economy and the area's desirability as a destination for business.

"We're making sure we have everything that businesses need to thrive. Great digital connectivity, a strong economy and one of the best-qualified workforces in the country. When you factor in the huge boost that we will receive from improvements to Heathrow Airport in the coming years, it is no surprise that West Berkshire is well on the way to establishing itself as the tech powerhouse of the South East.

"Once again, we are showing that West Berkshire is open for business."