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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Find information about community support and our services during the coronavirus pandemic, on our information for residents pages, our information for businesses pages, and our community support hub page which has guidance to help coordinate community organisations.

See a summary of our Local Outbreak Control Plan and read our frequently asked questions. 

Economic Reports and Plans

Local plans and strategies for business and the economy affecting West Berkshire and the Thames Valley in Berkshire

Economic Outlook for 2018-2019

This report looks at key economic developments nationally, regionally and locally:

pdf icon Economic Development: The Year Ahead 2018/19 [527kb]

Review of the Economy for 2017-2018

This report looks at key economic developments nationally, regionally and locally that have taken place in the last financial year:

pdf icon West Berkshire Council's Annual Economic review for 2017/18 [653kb]

West Berkshire Economic Development Strategy 2013-2018

pdf icon The West Berkshire Economic Development Strategy [1Mb] is a plan setting out our economic vision, priorities and delivery principles until 2018.

We also provide a pdf icon summary of our Economic Development Strategy [1014kb] and pdf icon Economic Development Delivery Plan for 2018/19 [33kb]

Functional Economic Market Area (FEMA) and Economic Development Needs Assessment (EDNA)

These documents contain information on Berkshire's economy and identify how much land is required for employment growth. West Berkshire is defined as a FEMA in western Berkshire. You can view the documents on our Local Plan Evidence webpage.

The Thames Valley Business Barometer

The Thames Valley Business Barometer is a collaboration between BDO and marketing firm C8 Consulting.  It's a report providing a twice yearly snapshot of business confidence and performance in the Thames Valley. The results offer insight into business trends across the region and help inform decisions on growth, investment and employment.

Check the BDO website for the latest report.

Town Centre Footfall

Footfall monitoring in Newbury is undertaken by Newbury Business Improvement District (BID), using a real-time camera in Northbrook Street. See the Vist Newbury website for more details on footfall.

From 2016, monitoring in Hungerford and Thatcham was stopped due to budgetary constraints and there are no plans to re-instate this in the future.


Please note that you can find a range of general data and statistics about West Berkshire online.

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