Since regeneration work began in the 1960s, Basingstoke has evolved from being a holding place for London’s overspill, to an important business centre in its own right. Located between the M3 and M4 motorways, Basingstoke is less than 50 miles from central London or 44 minutes by train. It is also within a short driving distance of Heathrow and Southampton airports, making it easy to reach the rest of the world, too.
As well as being in the top 50 places to live in the UK, Basingstoke is a popular base for businesses in the IT, telecoms, electronics and insurance sectors. Among the many organisations headquartered in the town are Sun Life Financial (insurance), Eli Lilly (pharmaceuticals), Sony (electronics) and Barracuda Networks (IT). It is also a popular base for smaller businesses keen to establish a foothold in the growing M3/M4 corridor.
With easy access to London and the rest of the South of England, Basingstoke is an extremely attractive base for a starting a business. There are two Regus business centres in the Basingstoke area, each with its own advantages. Located to the East of the town centre, the Stroudly Road address offers 53 self-contained units for added privacy. Alternatively, the Pinewood Chineham Business Park centre is within easy driving distance of both the M3 and M4 motorways, ideal for working with other businesses in the Silicon Corridor.
For start-ups operating a distributed business model, a dedicated business space may be unnecessary. Both Basingstoke sites offer virtual office services, acting as a mail collection point, with the option to include telephone call answering and pay as you use meeting spaces. As start-ups mature, a co-working space ensures your workers always have access to a desk, telephone and business grade Internet connection.