Mon 30 June 2014, 4:02 pm
Innovative businesses have always found a welcome home in Hillingdon, from major players in the music industry to pharmaceutical giants and tech companies; a great swathe of forward-thinking has taken place in this part of west London over the years.
Hyde Park Hayes, Uxbridge Business Park, Stockley Park, The Charter Building, Belmont in Uxbridge and Brunel University's Central Research Laboratory (CRL) at The Old Vinyl Factory provide quality working space in a borough that encourages progress.
As a result it has tempted in the likes of Robert Bosch, Hertz, Xerox, United Biscuits, Allied Irish Bank, and Coca-Cola. The international drinks company chose Uxbridge as its headquarters and cemented this decision by relocating to new premises there in 2013.
Another is Rackspace, the global internet hosting and cloud computing provider which took 160,000sq ft in Hyde Park Hayes last July. It has currently over 900 staff but when its new building is completed, it will have capacity for more growth.
Hillingdon also has successful business parks. Hyde Park Hayes is well established and Stockley Park was one of the UK’s first business parks, and remains a premier location for employers.
Today the park has well known residents such as Apple and GlaxoSmithKline, where the latter is establishing a new support centre for its Indian and Brazilian operations. There are outline permission for a final phase of development on Stockley Park to include offices, datacentre, hotel and amenity accommodation.
In a joint venture with Development Securities (DevSecs), the Cathedral Group is planning is to bring 4,000 jobs to the area through the regeneration of the site, known as the Old Vinyl Factory, which is almost seven hectares of industrial land, just 15 minutes from London Paddington.
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