Access to the UK economy

Watford businesses can reach over half the UK economy within one hour – Greater London, the South East and the East of England are the powerhouse regions of the UK economy.

  • London is the world leader in financial services with the City of London just 15 to 20 minutes from Watford
  • For Creative Digital companies, London is a 15-minute train ride
  • Cambridge and Hertfordshire are home to one of the world’s foremost concentrations of life sciences and pharmaceuticals
  • The concentration of advanced engineering and innovation in Birmingham and the West Midlands are all within easy reach by road and rail

Access to international markets

With six international airports within one hour, Watford based businesses can quickly access markets across Europe and beyond.  Each of the six airports have extensive connections across Europe.

Heathrow, Gatwick and Birmingham International offer long haul direct flights to the USA, India, China and other key global markets.

Watford’s proximity to the M25 provides quick access to the UK’s main cargo ports – Felixstowe, Dover, London Thamesport and others on the south coast of England.

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The application window closes at 6pm on 19 August.

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The second round of the Local Authority Discretionary Fund from @WatfordCouncil is now open for applications. To view details of the scheme and apply visit https://t.co/X5w1oQ55JI

The application window closes at 6pm on 19 August.

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Welcome back to Watford town centre – shop local, stay safe

Watford town centre, and other retail areas across the town, are gearing up to welcome people back as non-essential shops and venues have started to re-open, with a range of measures in place to make sure they can shop safely and with confidence.

Shops and businesses are doing what is needed to keep their staff and customers safe. We are looking forward to welcoming people back to the High Street and other shopping areas across the town. Whilst they may look and feel a bit different, we are all looking forward to a return of some sort of normality, bringing vibrancy back to the town!

Watford businesses have done an amazing job to make sure they can open safely, while we all as individuals should do our part keeping a safe distance from others and washing or sanitising our hands regularly.