The international business and financial network BDO (Binder Dijke Otte) recently posted an informative “Focus on the Thames Valley Region” which included some very impressive market research estimates, namely:
- 240,000+ companies present
- 1 million+ people employed
- £330 billion in turnover across all sectors
- £14 billion in turnover for the tech sector
- 27% of the region’s mid-market PE backed businesses are tech
- 23% of the region’s mid-market listed businesses are tech
- 29 FTSE 350 companies present
- 56 AIM All Share companies present
- 1.9% predicted Gross Value Added (GVA) growth to 2021
Mid-market businesses are defined as having a turnover of between £10m to £300m.
The article notes the attraction of the area for tech businesses and explains that:
“There are a number of valuable assets in the area, and the ability to attract and retain top talent in existing businesses, has encouraged further movement into the area to support innovation and the growth of smaller and larger companies. The connectivity with the US, Europe and other international locations, and the continued investments to support this framework is a competitive advantage. Heathrow, Crossrail, M4/M40/M3 corridors and more connect the Thames Valley to the wider area.”
Growth, innovation and quality
Buckinghamshire typifies the dynamic character of the Thames Valley region, with a strong focus on high tech industries. For instance, Westcott Venture Park near Aylesbury is the county’s largest business park, hosting a wide range of leading-edge enterprises from a variety of sectors, including space & rocketry, automotive, engineering and environmental operations.
Companies such as ANR Manufacturing that offer electronic production services are vital to activities of businesses such as these. Based at our offices and manufacturing facility in Bourne End, Buckinghamshire, ANR Electronics Division offers the core areas of PCB Assemblies, Cable Assemblies and Box Build, with an emphasis on flexibility to meet the exact specifications required by our customers. All our electronics staff are trained and certified to IPC-610 levels 1-5.
The IPC (Association Connecting Electronics Industries) explains that IPC-610 has an “international reputation as the source for end product acceptance criteria for consumer and high reliability printed wiring assemblies.” It also maintains that “This certification will demonstrate your commitment to customer requirements and greatly assists any company dedicated to ISO-9000 or other quality assurance initiatives.”
In providing electronic manufacturing services in Buckinghamshire for customers throughout the Thames Valley and beyond, ANR Manufacturing is committed to using our ISO 9001 accreditation as a template for delivering continual improvements in our company operations. We will always aim to offer the highest levels of expertise and personal service in support of the many and varied customer projects we undertake.