Buckinghamshire is the Entrepreneurial Heart of Britain having started more businesses than anywhere else in the UK for well over a decade. This is borne of the heartbeat of enterprise, which is manifest in a propensity to act; and a propensity to successfully exploit new ideas. It is no accident that we are the Birthplace of the Paralympics at Stoke Mandeville, the creative film engine for James Bond, Lara Croft and The Hobbit at Pinewood Studios, and home to most of the Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit.
With 1/3 of the land designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and our Grammars leading the best performing schools system in the Country, Bucks is a magnet for talent, with the evidence showing we have the best educated workforce in the land. Our strength lies in the resilient balance between our enviable environment and an over-representation in all the Plan for Growth sectors e.g. Construction, Space: Creative Industries: and High Tech Manufacturing. The evidence consistently shows that you are likely to live longer in nicer surroundings with better employment prospects in Bucks. It is no accident that in the 2012 national benchmarking Review of Local Enterprise Partnership Area Economies, Bucks is the only LEP area to be ranked in the top five for each of the major domains; resilience, business, community, people, and place.
With recent significant investments in East West Rail, the accelerated deployment of Superfast Broadband, and plans for an Engineering Science Park on the M40 at High Wycombe, Bucks offers a perfect location for globally focused businesses wishing to join GE Healthcare, Instron, Bosch and many more.
No surprise then that Bucks displays the highest employment growth rate of any LEP area. No surprise that we are the home and birthplace of the Peter Jones National Enterprise Academy. No surprise that Arla Europe’s largest Dairy Plant was attracted to Bucks.
All of this and…………………45 mins from London, skirted by the M25, M1 and M40, and just 40 mins from Heathrow airport with property prices up to 50% cheaper than London.
Bucks LEP Assurance and Accountability Framework – latest version updated in December 2020: