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Why do business in the Wycombe district

Wycombe is a thriving market town in a prime position 30 miles from central London and 20 miles from Heathrow airport. Located at junctions 3/4 of the M40, it there is also easy access both the M25 and M4.

Public transport links are excellent - frequent, direct rail links means it takes just 25 minutes to London Marylebone and the London Underground network. The brand new High Wycombe Coachway now links the town with destinations including London Victoria, Birmingham, Luton Airport and Stanstead Airport.

Many businesses are already thriving in the district, with a particular focus on four key sectors: advanced engineering; ICT and software development; Biophama; and food and drink.

Highly Skilled Workforce

Wycombe has a highly trained workforce - 90,000 people work in the district. 

The education and learning provision within the district is excellent. The area is well known for its excellent state grammar schools, where pupils regularly achieve well above the national average at all levels, as well as Wycombe Abbey Girls’ School which regularly tops league tables.

Over 9,000 students study at Bucks New University who has international strengths in creative and cultural industries, the management and information management sectors, and the public sector. 

Amersham & Wycombe College, who have recently undertaken a £6m refurbishment of their local campus, have 3,000 students.

So what makes Wycombe District great for business?

There are nine business parks in the Wycombe area. Major companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Hyundai, Softcat, Ercol and Dreams are based in the district and over 9,000 businesses operate locally.

Here are some local views from businesses in the area:

Peter Keen, chairman of Hypnos: “Hypnos has been producing quality beds in Wycombe for over a 100 years using Royally Approved British craftsmanship. Wycombe’s unique location near London and national motorway network is enhanced by the beauty of the environment and the local excellent schools. These factors are important to our staff and customers and have helped our business to continue to grow and remain successful."

Ian Crawford from foodservices wholesale distributor 3663: "3663 continues to experience healthy growth and having both our head office and a depot in High Wycombe contributes to this success. Our Head Office is on a business park adjacent to the M40 motorway, providing easy access to both London and the Thames Valley. This is convenient for both our supply chain and customers.”

Local businesses also have access to many resources, including: