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Hillingdon is an impressive borough, the second largest in London, with great assets. Covering 44 square miles, the borough stretches from the Buckinghamshire border in the north to Heathrow Airport in the south and is a key gateway into West London.

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There is a strong local economy with good potential for further growth. The geography and environment of the local area are important in shaping Hillingdon's economy through their impact on tourism and business travel, business sectors, workforce and availability of development land.

There are significant regeneration opportunities in the south of the borough with Hayes, West Drayton and Yiewsley full of opportunity for developers and investors, just 15 minutes from Heathrow Airport and with good links into Central London.

As well as larger corporate businesses there is huge scope for location of small and medium enterprises, business start-ups and mixed use development.

Active enterprises

There are more than 13,500 VAT registered enterprises within Hillingdon providing some 200,000 jobs and boasting the likes of British Airways, Coca-Cola, GSK and Hertz as major employees, Hillingdon is an ideal west London location for small and large businesses.

Since its opening in 1986 the world renowned Stockley Park has provided the perfect work place environment for many international blue chip companies including Apple, Cannon, Glaxo Smith Kline, Marks and Spencer and Sharp.

The council is currently working with organisations like Segro PLC, Hyde Park Hayes and the Old Vinyl Factory to deliver shared aspirations for economic growth and regeneration.  

Vibrant town centres

Hillingdon boasts a range of rural and urban centres, each with its own local features. These include a Metropolitan Centre in Uxbridge, widely recognised as as an excellent example of modern metropolitan centre management, five District Centres and three Minor District Centres. 

A key priority for Hillingdon's regeneration strategy is to ensure the success and viability of all Hillingdon's town centres. The council will be investing in Ruislip Manor, Hayes and Northwood Hills over the next three years by taking a 'Total Approach' to delivering schemes - ie maximising the value of council and external investment to deliver improvements. 

Excellent transport links

National rail communications are conveniently located throughout the borough providing quick connections to and from Central London.

The borough is served by three Tube lines on the London Underground network and three crossrail stations are planned for Hayes, West Drayton and Heathrow.

London's strategic road network including the nearby M4, A40, A312, M40 and M25 provide efficient transport links into Hillingdon.

The borough is home to two aiports; Heathrow Airport, the busiest international hub-airport in the world with over 66 million passengers a year and the largest single employment site in the U.K. Northolt Aerodrome provides handling facilities for private flights in addition to Ministry of Defence activities.

Green spaces

The borough offers an excellent quality of life with more more than 200 green spaces and 47 award winning Green Flag parks and open spaces - more than any other local authority in the UK. Along with the acres of ancient woodlands and miles of canals, lakes and rivers, residents have a wealth of leisure spaces to enjoy. 

World class leisure facilities

Hillingdon has four excellent leisure centres, including an Olympic-standard 50 metre pool and a refurbished 1930s outdoor lido at Hillingdon Sports and Leisure Complex.  

Excellent teaching and research facilities

The council is committed to providing every child in Hillingdon with a primary and secondary school place close to their home. Hillingdon offers a range of high performing schools and specialist academies. 

The further education comprises of Harrow and Uxbridge College (HCUC), which supports campuses at both Uxbridge and Hayes. Uxbridge College has been rated as outstanding by Ofsted.

The borough also prides itself on having two universities: Brunel with its focus on science and engineering and Bucks New which provides a wide range of courses.

Investing in Hillingdon

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