The Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (BTVLEP) is a business-led ‘partnership of equals’ between local government and the private sector, building the conditions for sustainable economic growth in Buckinghamshire.
Productivity levels in Buckinghamshire are amongst the highest in the country, we react to new ideas and opportunities to support and grow our business community. It is no accident that we are the birthplace of the Paralympics at Stoke Mandeville, the creative film engine for James Bond and Star Wars at Pinewood Studios, and the joint home of the Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit.
Our strength lies in the resilient balance between our enviable environment and an over representation in the key growth sectors of life-sciences, space, creative industries, and advanced engineering.
With one-third of the county designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and our grammar schools leading the way in the best performing schools system in the country, Buckinghamshire is a draw for talent, with evidence showing we have the best educated workforce in the land.
Buckinghamshire offers the perfect location for internationally focused businesses, including Bosch, Pinewood, ESRI, Silverson, Cisco, Instron and many more. No surprise then that we display one of the highest employment growth rates of any LEP area and that the National Space Propulsion Centre has chosen Buckinghamshire as its home.
By sector, professional, scientific and technical businesses account for over a fifth (20.4%) of all businesses in Buckinghamshire, ahead of construction (10.7%) and ICT (10.0%). Buckinghamshire has the 2nd highest proportion of firms in these sectors of any LEP behind London, the 3rd highest proportion of property companies and the 4th highest proportion of creative sector companies.
In addition, Buckinghamshire is at the centre of England’s Economic Heartland, an area that stretches from Oxfordshire to Cambridgeshire. The heartland has an economy valued at £92.5bn, and is home to 175,000 businesses employing 1,640,000 people in an area that the National Infrastructure Commission said had the potential to be Britain’s Silicon Valley in its recent assessment of the Oxford to Cambridge Growth Arc.