Business and Finance

Thames Valley Berkshire’s first-class connectivity to the capital and proximity to Heathrow Airport make it a thriving hub for the business and finance sector, which is of high value to the area’s economy.

SECTOR HIGHLIGHTS

A number of frontrunners in the financial and business sector are Berkshire-based. These include; independent solicitors Field Seymour Parkes, who have been located in Reading and the Thames Valley for over 30 years; and PepsiCo, one of the world's leading food and beverage companies whose portfolio consists of popular products like Walkers Crisps, Pepsi Max and Quaker Oats.

Berkshire is also home to some of the most famous names in finance including three of ‘The Big Four’ accountancy firms; EY, Deloitte and KPMG, bolstering the area’s enviable talent pool of business and finance experts.

Those employed in the financial and business sector across Berkshire take on a variety of occupations; the top finance roles for the area include book-keepers, business analysts, chartered accountants and financial managers.

KEY COMPANIES

Explore just a few of Berkshire’s business and finance employers.

IN NUMBERS

57,260 employed in the business & finance sector
11% of all employees across Berkshire
1 Global Top 50 Business School

TRIPLE-ACCREDITED BUSINESS SCHOOL

The University of Reading’s Henley Business School - one of the oldest and most respected Business Schools in Europe- is renowned for its track record of excellence in training up the next cohort of business and finance talent. The School forms part of an elite group around the world which holds triple-accredited status and is also consistently ranked among the world’s top 50 business schools by The Financial Times and The Economist.

We have a programme of engaging SMEs through a variety of initiatives which link to the University’s dedicated business incubation centres to provide opportunities for our students and graduates. 

Henley Business School

THE BEST IN BUSINESS SUPPORT

With some of the highest start-up and scale-up rates in the country, Berkshire has a strong business support system for new and growing firms. The Berkshire Business Growth Hub sits at the centre, helping to maximise the potential of the next generation of ambitious entrepreneurs, enhancing and accelerating business performance and helping more businesses to take advantage of national and local support programmes.

CAREERS IN BUSINESS AND FINANCE

If you have a passion for business and finance but are unsure where to begin we’re here to help.

There are a number of routes into the business and finance sector; take a look at the live opportunities below. 

'Finance' Jobs

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'Business Services' Jobs

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Financial and Business Services Courses

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Apprenticeships in Business and Finance

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