When coming up with ideas for the best place to base your business, chances are that the likes of London, Reading and Swindon spring to mind. While Staines may not be anywhere near as big as these locations, there are so many reasons why this riverside town is actually a fantastic place to do business.
It has fantastic transport links
Top of the list of requirements for any successful business hub is great transport links and Staines has plenty of these.
Heathrow is just 10 short minutes from the town, providing businesses with the perfect location to export to foreign markets, connect with the world’s emerging economies and accommodate regular business travel.
Staines also has exceptional road links with the M25, M3, M4 and A30 all nearby. The M25 connects the town to all corners of Greater London while the M4 provides easy links to Reading, Bristol, Wales and Central London. The M3 is also nearby, providing access to a number of important business destinations across Hampshire.
With fantastic rail links, it’s not surprising that Staines train station is the fifth busiest passenger station in Surrey. You can get a direct train to London Waterloo in just 32 minutes plus there are direct links to a number of surrounding areas including Reading, Windsor, Twickenham, Richmond and Clapham Junction.
It was rated Britain’s number one town to start a business
A study carried out by chartered accountants, UHY Hacker Young (http://www.uhy-uk.com/) in 2015 found that Staines is the number one place in Britain to start a business. There are a number of reasons for this including:
• Its great transport links and proximity to several motorways and London
• It has low office rents compared to other areas within the M4 corridor
• It has a fast-growing community of start-ups
• There are a number of large corporations already based here including BP and British Gas
Competitiveness and productivity
46.4% of 16-74 year olds are in full time work in Staines – the highest proportion in Surrey and its adjoining boroughs. It also enjoys an extremely low unemployment rate of just 0.9%. As well as this, it’s estimated that every worker in the town contributes £72,438 to the national economy.
This impressive level of productivity shows the committed and hardworking nature of the Staines workforce which is naturally, a huge selling point to any business that wants to base themselves here.
Furthermore, with a population of more than 1.21 million in Staines and its surrounding towns, there’s a huge pool of potential candidates available.
It’s a great place to live
Not only is Staines a fantastic place to do business, it’s also a great place to live which drives many people to the area. Sitting halfway between Surrey and London, it offers locals the best of urban living without the chaos of being based in a city. There’s plenty to do from catching a film at the cinema and shopping in the centre to enjoying a drink or bite to eat at the many bars and restaurants.
In March 2014, the Office for National Statistics (https://www.ons.gov.uk/) asked UK residents to score their levels of life satisfaction, worthwhileness and happiness on a scale of 0-10. For all three categories, Staines’ local authority scored higher than London, Surrey, the South East and UK averages. With scores of 7.73, 7.64 and 7.99 respectively, this proves that the popular town offers the perfect balance of hardworking business attitudes and a high quality of life.
If you are planning a stay in Staines for business, our centrally located serviced apartments offer fantastic accommodation no matter how long your stay.