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Henley's Business Offer

Henley has a growing cluster of creative, financial and professional service businesses. There are 2,600 businesses operating in and around Henley, including international businesses and SMEs. The biggest employers in the town are world renowned organisations such as: Invesco, Portrait Software, Johnson Matthey, Stuart Turner and the Leander Club - the most prestigious and successful rowing club in the world.  There are businesses of national significance such as: Landmark Information Group, Phyllis Court and Regency Cleaning.

Henley is a hotspot for creative industries such as: graphic design, website creation, film making, artist management and sound recording. Some people actually refer to Henley as ‘Henleywood’ because of this cluster of businesses and its close location to London. The sector is supported by the local college offering a  variety of qualifications in the creative arts.

The artistic tradition of the town has given rise to a fantastic array of festivals that run throughout the year. The festivals start in March with the Henley Youth Festival and end in December with the Living Advent Calendar. The Henley Drama Festival at the Kenton Theatre is in May followed by the world's most famous regatta, Henley Royal Regatta at the end of June.  The Henley Festival takes place by the river in July and is followed by the Fringe Festival. The Rewind Festival takes place in August and the Literary Festival in September.

Newtown Business Park is the major business area in Henley and has a variety of business premises. Chiltern House Business Centre and Northfield House Business Centre both offer high quality serviced offices and meeting facilities.

Henley has a mixed retail offer from exclusive and specialist independents to high street brands. Vacancy rates are low (4.9 per cent)  compared with 14.5 per cent nationally

Great Location & Amenities

Henley-on-Thames is a pretty riverside market town on one of the most beautiful stretches of the River Thames. The town’s prosperity goes back to the 12th century as river trade developed. Its position gave rise to Henley Royal Regatta, first held in 1839 as a local festival but now an internationally renowned competition. Rowing and the river are celebrated at the world class River and Rowing Museum.

Henley is bounded by the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It offers many opportunities for the visitor including golfing, boating, walking and cycling, and beautiful stately homes such as Stonor and Grey’s Court.  The food offer is varied and includes many cafes and restaurants offering a rage of delicious food. Phyllis Court and Leander Club are prestigious member clubs and provide great accommodation offers.

Henley has good schools and a community hospital. In June 2011 www.home.co.uk recorded that the average house price in the town was £355,326, down by 22 per cent from the previous year.  It remains one of the most expensive locations in Oxfordshire where the average was £312,313 for the same period, up by 10 percent from the previous year.

Henley has its own railway station with links to London Paddington in under an hour. There is a good bus service with three buses per hour linking Henley with Reading, High Wycombe and Wallingford, with the option to connect onward to Oxford. It is only ten miles from the M4, 24 miles from London Heathrow and 38 miles from Central London.

Great Local Skills

The town’s population is estimated at 10,253 and is expected to grow slightly to 10,927 by 2016. 82 per cent of the working age population is economically active, with 75 per cent of them in full-time employment, one of the highest in the county. In December 2011 only 1.36 per cent of the working age population were claiming job seekers allowance. Levels of education are very high with over a quarter of the population having been educated to degree level or above. This is by far the highest in all the towns in Southern Oxfordshire.

The split by employment sector reflects the high position that many local employees occupy with nearly 32 per cent of local employment being in the professional, scientific, IT, business sector and 20 per cent in the public sector. The importance of the creative industry in the town is reflected in the 19 per cent of people being employed in other services.

More Information

www.so-business.co.uk holds a wealth of information to assist you set up your business, expand or relocate providing links to local funding, a comprehensive commercial property database, free mentoring, growth vouchers, networking events, and more.

Henley Town Council and South Oxfordshire District Council work closely with the OxLEP, a dedicated partnership group funded by the EU to assist business growth, for more information how the partnership could assist your business plans please refer to www.oxfordshirelep.com



1. Ward Labour Market Profile, Nomis 2011

2. ONS Qualifications (UV24), April 2011