Bracknell BID has held a successful conference where it showcased the area as the new “industrial capital of the Thames Valley”

The high-profile conference run by Bracknell Business Improvement District (BID), saw investors, commercial agents and landlords from across the UK attend on Thursday, November 10.

Titled ‘Invest in Bracknell’, speakers from the property sector and global business community shared strategic insights, trends and predictions about Bracknell’s thriving Southern and Western Business Areas.

The event was hosted in partnership with UK Property Forums at Waitrose Conference Centre on Thursday, November 10, and also included the unveiling of a short promo film showcasing the vast improvements and initiatives taking place in Bracknell.

Bracknell BID Manager Sean Griffin said: “We are thrilled with how well attendance to the conference was by national and international companies and leading investors who left thinking very seriously about what Bracknell has to offer.

“We were delighted to team up with our partners at UK Property Forums to shine a light on the exciting multi-million-pound developments and substantial plans that will be coming to fruition in the Southern and Western Business Areas over the coming months and years.

“Guests heard that Bracknell is one of the best places in the UK to do business, and that it is part of one of the fastest-growing economic regions in the country outside of London.

"The long-term investment potential really is enormous, largely due to the unrivalled location and connectivity, rising local employment opportunities, strong inter-trading, and the promising property market.

“We’re confident we will see further investment and growth from global companies and SMEs in the area.”

Partner and Head of Thames Valley Industrial for Cushman & Wakefield and keynote speaker at the event Heather Harvey-Wood said: “The level of growth, activity and redevelopment opportunities has led to Bracknell leap frogging Reading as the new industrial capital of the Thames Valley."

Panels were facilitated by Commercial Property experts Matthew Battle of UK Property Forums and Nick Hardy of Page Hardy Harris. 

There was also representation from national and international businesses including John Lewis Partnership, Panasonic, Natural Baby Shower, Morgan Lovell, SEGRO, Kier Property, Cushman & Wakefield and Frasers Property.

Bracknell Forest Council was represented at the event by the new Chief Executive, Susan Halliwell.

The event closed with a tour of the Southern Business Area.

For more information on Bracknell BID and investment and development opportunities on the Southern and Western Business Areas, visit