Business, Economy & Employment
There are six Unitary Authorities governing Berkshire comprising Reading, Slough, West Berkshire, Bracknell Forest, Wokingham, plus Windsor and Maidenhead, all of which provide ample scope for work and social enjoyment. Reading has a dense industrial base with many household names and brands operating from there such as Virgin Media, Hewlett Packard, Fujitsu, Bang & Olufsen, Intel and the ‘Big Four’ accounting firms Deloitte, KPMG, Ernst and Young, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Slough is equally well endowed with prestigious names and boasts the UK’s biggest business park with notable enterprises such as Blackberry, and Mars, Incorporated. Nintendo, O2, Black & Decker, Amazon, and Honda also have a presence in Slough.
Berkshire is home to many thriving businesses with an equally productive agricultural economy blossoming in the surrounding countryside as farming and dairy produce continue to feature heavily.
Given the size of Berkshire and its 487 square miles, it’s little wonder that the area has a rich variety of cultures, landmarks and places of interest. Windsor Castle stands out of course, but there is also Eton College, Bisham Abbey, Donnington Castle, Greenham Common, The Living Rainforest, the famous Ridgeway, Windsor Great Park and Legoland, to name but a mere few.
Wherever you look in Berkshire you will always find something to entertain you whatever your personal taste may be. As you might expect, Reading, Slough and Maidenhead have an ample provision of cinemas, theatres and nightlife and music venues, not to mention a plentiful range of diverse bars and restaurants of interest and quality.
Talking of entertainment, you might like to know that Berkshire has been the birthplace or home of an amazing amount of famous celebrities, people such as Lenny Henry, Jane Austen, Uri Geller, Ricky Gervais, Kate Humble, Elton John, Kate Winslett, Oscar Wilde and Theo Walcott, to name but a few. It is also home to the current Prime Minister, David Cameron.
Sports and hobbies
Sport in Berkshire is dominated by three main “heavyweights” – namely Reading Football Club (currently in the Championship league), London Irish of the Aviva Premiership rugby union league, and Bracknell Bees Ice Hockey team of the English Premier Ice Hockey League. But the county is perhaps most famous for the presence of Ascot Race Course and its links to the Royal Family, though it does also have Newbury race course and one in Windsor too. There is also a fourth race course which is in Lambourn. It is quite unique as almost everyone who lives here is involved in racing.
Those who enjoy participating rather than spectating will be pleased to know there are many activities on offer. From Delta Force Paintball in Maidenhead and Reading, a Go Ape forest adventure in Bracknell through to the more relaxed endeavours of boating on the Kennet & Avon Canal and a round at the Lavender Park Golf Centre in Ascot.