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Basildon for business - why businesses choose Basildon

With a population of 180,700 people, an economy worth £3.7bn, and a number of internationally recognised businesses, Basildon is the largest and fastest growing economy in Essex and a significant driver of regional and national growth.

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Home to advanced engineering and manufacturing companies

With 7,725 businesses employing 93,000 people, Basildon has a long history of being the home of advanced engineering and manufacturing with some of the most advanced technical facilities in the UK. Companies such as Ford, New Holland Agriculture, Leonardo, Costa Coffee and Konica Minolta bolster this reputation.

The presence of Ford (automotive, low carbon) and Leonardo (aerospace, ICT and advanced electronics) also gives Basildon an advantage in Government recognised growth sectors.

A major centre for the financial, retail and distribution sectors

Major financial and retail sector businesses are represented by First Data, DST Financial Services whilst PMS International is a UK wholesale importer and distributor of consumer products to the retail trade market.

Strong in the digital, creative and ICT sectors

The Borough also has particular strengths in the Digital, Creative and ICT sector, which between them provide over 5,000 jobs. The Digital, Creative and ICT sector is experiencing greater growth in Basildon than in both London and Cambridge.

Connectivity is key - great access by road, rail, air and sea

An ambitious and proactive local council

Basildon is more than just a business location. It is a borough where people have the opportunity to develop further and be part of a buoyant economy. Being so well-connected and having such a sustainable skills base makes Basildon the perfect environment in which to work, live and grow.

Basildon Council's proactive role has been key in bringing about significant transformation to the Borough, by way of a multi-million pound regeneration programme which is currently underway. When completed this regeneration programme will: ensure that each of the borough's five town centres will continue to be a vibrant, modern place in which to live and work; bring welcome improvements into the lives of all our residents; and at the same time create opportunity and prosperity for business.

Alongside our ambitious regeneration plans, a programme of broadband investment will commence in 2018 increasing Superfast broadband coverage to 99% of premises right across Basildon Borough - with greatest priority being given to business parks and areas of economic importance.

Support for business

A good location with excellent transport links can only take a business so far, which is why Basildon Council proactively engages with the local business community to ensure it has the support it needs to thrive.

Basildon Council's Economic Development team is dedicated to supporting businesses that are already located here, as well as those that wish to relocate to the borough.

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