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.

For further information and enquiries

Basildon for business case study - Costa Coffee
Costa opened its £38 million state-of-the-art roastery in Basildon in early 2017 and now ships perfectly roasted coffee beans to more than 3,000 Costa cafes in 31 countries.
Basildon for business case study - Ford Motor Company Ltd
Based in Basildon since 1967. Ford Dunton in Basildon is a global centre for the company's engine, transmission and commercial vehicle engineering and development.
Basildon for business case study - New Holland Agriculture
Based in Basildon since 1964. Here at our Basildon site we currently produce both the T6 and T7 range of tractors ranging from 120hp to 270hp.
Basildon for business case study - Leonardo in the UK
With its origins in Basildon since 1952. Leonardo (formerly Selex ES) designs, develops and manufactures products for national security and military uses as well as complex civil infrastructure management.
Basildon for business case study - MIRA Limited
Opened in Basildon in 2000. MIRA is a vehicle engineering specialist but the Basildon site is an Environmental Test Facility - one of the largest independent ones in Europe.
Basildon for business case study - DST Systems
Opened in Basildon in 2002. DST Systems is a global investor and policyholder outsourcing organisation, providing administration, technology and operational support for the financial services industry.