About the Royal Borough


With its international reputation and permanent presence in the top ten list of ‘must visit’ places in the world, the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead blends rich historical connections with successful modern business development. Home to the iconic Windsor Castle, Ascot Racecourse and Legoland Windsor, the Borough is a source of major tourism investment.

The attractive urban centres of Windsor and Maidenhead are surrounded by a rural landscape that is 83% Green Belt. These main centres and many of the surrounding small towns and villages are linked by the majestic River Thames, providing a backdrop for one of the most exciting regeneration and business enterprise areas in the South East.

Twenty-nine of the South-east’s top 500 companies now have their main offices in the Royal Borough with a number high-tech companies having located here. Eighteen of the top 500 companies are in Maidenhead and ten in Windsor. There is one top 500 company based in Ascot.

The top ranked Maidenhead company by turnover is Hutchison 3G UK Ltd with a turnover of more than £2bn. Windsor has 10 entries in the TOP 500 list and is the only East Berkshire town to have a company in the overall top 10 – Centrica in fourth place with a turnover of more than £26bn.

There is a thriving small business sector with over 8,800 small to medium enterprises. 90.4% of companies in the borough employ less than 10 people.

The borough has a skilled workforce and low levels of unemployment with the local economy supporting some 76,100 local jobs, 67% of which are full time. Nearly 60% of jobs are in either professional or managerial/technical occupations.

Over 50% of residents are educated to level 4 or above which is well above the national average of 36%. The Borough is home to many excellent state schools including Windsor Girls School, Windsor Boys School, Desborough College, Furze Platt Senior School, Cox Green School, Newlands Girls School, Holyport College and Charters School. The Borough is also home to many prestigious independent schools such as St Georges School, Claires Court, Papplewick School, the Marist Schools and world renowned Eton College.

The Borough is home to many desirable residential areas ranging from town to village locations including Windsor, Maidenhead, Eton, Ascot, Sunningdale, Sunninghill and Cookham.


Invest in Windsor & Maidenhead

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The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead is located about 30 minutes from Heathrow Airport. It has rich historical connections blended with a successful modern business environment.

There are many top UK and International businesses already located here such as;

In the borough there is a highly educated and highly skilled workforce.

There are excellent transport links with key motorways and trains to the rest of the United Kingdom.

It is home to Windsor Castle, Legoland Windsor and Ascot Racecourse. There are 3 Michelin starred restaurants and many top quality hotels.

It is a great place to live and work.

If you are interested in knowing more about opening a business in the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, please contact us in English and we will be happy to assist you.

Please email business@rbwm.gov.uk for further information.

Interesting Fact

Eton College was founded by Henry VI in 1440. A total of 19 British Prime Ministers have attended Eton College. Former pupils are called Etonians. Real Etonians include actors Eddie Redmayne, Damian Lewis and Hugh Laurie. Fictional Etonians include James Bond, Lord Grantham of Downton Abbey and Jonathan Higgins from Magnum PI.

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