Located in a part of Berkshire which allows for easy access to the M4 motorway, London and the major international air hub of Heathrow, Slough has a number of global brands with their national or regional headquarters in the town. One of the longest established businesses in the town is Mars Inc. which is a well-known confectioner, providing many jobs in Slough. The French car maker, Citroën, have their UK headquarters in the town as do the Italian car brands, Ferrari and Maserati. In the 1920s, Slough developed one of the first trading estates in southern England and the Slough Trading Estate remains home to many businesses in the light technology and service industries to this day, with many of the estate's businesses offering engineering jobs in a variety of disciplines.
Slough Job Opportunities
Slough has a thriving economy which is worth in the region of £2.5 billion to the UK's output each year. Along with some well-known UK brands, such as Boots and Tesco, which all add to this total, job opportunities in Slough exist with many multi-national companies, too. These firms tend to afford excellent long-term career prospects. For example, Lego Group, Blackberry and Telefonica all have offices in the town. Largely due to the town's 4,600 businesses, operations and logistics jobs in Slough can be found in the supply chain that supports them as well as within the many headquarters themselves.
Slough Employment Trends
In recent years, Slough has become the new home for many major brands who now occupy office space there. Jobs in Slough have been boosted by the likes of Nintendo and Black and Decker. With so many companies in the town, the trend is for employees to be working in private sector organisations. Nonetheless, a significant minority – some 13,200 people in 2010 – are employed in the public sector within the town. Slough has also seen a growing number of start-up businesses in recent years, many of them in the technology industries, with no less than 645 being registered in 2008 alone.