Slough is not just an attractive place for London workers to buy property. It’s also an attractive place to work. In 2017 Slough beat places such as Cambridge and Manchester to be crowned the best place to live and work in the UK. It was measured against criteria such as employment rates, employee happiness and wages. Head offices in Slough include Mars and O2.
The digital tech industry is powering the growth of local economies across the UK. However, it is not the sole preserve of larger metropolitan cities. Areas such as Guildford, Aldershot, Slough and Heathrow have significantly higher digital tech density and the highest levels of employment and tech turnover, suggesting that the UK has emerging digital suburbs. This finding challenges the conventional view that UK tech activity is based in large cities.