Welcome to Hertfordshire

... a premier business location defined by its wealth of science, innovation, commerce assets and proximity to London.

Straddling the north of London, one of the most sophisticated global consumer markets; and central to the UK’s golden research triangle of London- Cambridge – Oxford, an economic area renowned as an engine of growth, Hertfordshire is ideally placed to help realise your European and UK investment aspirations.

With over a million inhabitants, the county has one of the most highly skilled labour forces in Britain with 40% of people educated to degree level or above. (NOMIS, Dec 2012).

The county’s unique blend of historic towns, picturesque villages, and garden cities, set in an attractive greenbelt makes it an extremely sought after place to live and work.

Knowledge, enterprise and skills are key to Hertfordshire’s success, resulting in many globally recognised brands putting down roots in the county.

The county’s excellent transport links to the capital, as well as, to the rest of the world, mean your business can benefit from easy access to both the city and international markets, but without paying global city centre prices.

It is therefore no surprise that many national and international businesses have their headquarters, or a major base in Hertfordshire, or that thousands of new businesses choose to start up here every year.

Companies such as Airbus, MBDA, GlaxoSmithKlein, MerckSharpDohme, Imagination Technologies, EE, Computacenter, Axis Communications, Tesco PlC, and Warner Bros. Studios continue to make significant additions to their footprint in Hertfordshire.

  • Economy: 27BNs ranked 4 in UK
  • Business Base: 55k active private sector businesses
  • Employment: 614000 jobs
  • FDI: circa 900 foreign owned businesses
  • Population within 1.1 million
  • Population within 1 hr - 12.4Million (Hertfordshire, London, Cambridge, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Bedfordshire)

Hertfordshire has a rich innovation heritage.  Our economy, whilst large and diverse, demonstates particular strengths in  Business Services, Life Sciences, Advanced Engineering, IT & Telecoms andf Digital & Creative Media Technologies.

How Can we help

Invest Hertfordshire works with both international and indigenous UK firms, seeking to establish a presence in Hertfordshire. Your success is our success, for that reason we have designed an approach to create a welcoming environment, adding value by making it easier for you to locate your business operations here.

Our support is designed to save you that critical business input… ‘time’… If you are a ‘serious investor’, our team and local partners are waiting to hear from you.

  • An assigned account manager from the Hertfordshire Investment team
  • A free property search through local property agents
  • An offer of free or discounted office space at a number of key properties across Hertfordshire where applicable.
  • Guided site tours.
  • Connect your business with world class research institutions in Hertfordshire and beyond
  • Free initial consultation and professional help from experienced local professionals.
  • Networking opportunities with the local business community
  • Planning, Environmental, Health and Safety advice – (link to Hertfordshire Regulatory soft landing Charter)
  • Access to local business intelligence
  • Access to information on the quality of life in Hertfordshire
  • Introductions to international trade specialists at UK Trade and Investment to help you take advantage of world markets

Hertfordshire is home to a variety of industries, including pharmaceuticals, engineering, telecoms and film.

You'll be in great company basing your operations in Hertfordshire. Our highly skilled workforce continues to attract leading names in pharmaceuticals, life sciences, specialist engineering (space, aerospace and defence), R&D and Film, TV & creative media.

Contact us to find out more.

A place defined by its rich industrial, innovation and creative history. Hertfordshire’s £26bn GVA economy is today based on research, and leading edge technologies, resulting in many globally recognised brands putting down roots in the county.

What really sets Hertfordshire apart is its location: at the geographical heart of the UK’s Golden research Triangle, giving excellent access to markets and talent. This Golden Triangle links London to the south, with Oxford to the west and Cambridge to the east. Inside this geography is a very significant proportion of the UK’s current – and prospective future ‘knowledge-based’ intellectual assets and “horsepower”: all taking advantage of easy and quick connectivity into key markets European and Global markets. Hertfordshire occupies the geographical centre of this core.

Contact Us

Use our contact form to reach a member of our team.
Our hours of operations are 8:30 am - 5:30 pm weekly. Our team works extended hours and will reply to after hour emails.

We service clients all over UK and abroad.
Our main office is located in Biopark Broadwater Road Welwyn Garden City Hertfordshire,

Paul Witcombe
Enterprise & Innovation Manager
Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership
Biopark Broadwater Road
Welwyn Garden City
Hertfordshire, AL7 3AX

Tel: +44 (0) 1707 358 744