Thames Valley tops vibrancy poll

by Natalie Vincent Fri 20 April 2018, 4:58 pm

Reading and other towns within the Thames Valley have been named among the most 'vibrant places in the UK', according to a leading economy index.

The annual Vibrant Economy Index published by accountancy and consultancy firm Grant Thornton UK found that local authorities in the Thames Valley region placed 11 out of 15 councils in the top 20% nationally, taking into consideration the drive of skills development and entrepreneurialism to encourage future growth. Reading was rated at 12th place.

The index is used to help identify opportunities for and challenges to social and economic growth across the nation; in all, 324 local authority areas were measured by key factors in each performance indicator and awarded an overall 'vibrancy' score.

Jim Rogers, practice leader for Thames Valley and Southampton at Grant Thornton UK, said: "The Thames Valley region has lots to celebrate - there are corridors of vibrancy around the M4 and M40 corridors as well as clusters around Oxford and Reading.

"Encouragingly, many of our local authorities perform really well across the board, showing that prosperity can be successfully married with other key elements such as skills growth, inclusion and equality, sustainability and wellbeing."

Windsor and Maidenhead came in at sixth place, Vale of White Horse at seventh and Oxford in ninth.

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