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Located to the west of London, Berkshire is designated as a Royal County due to the presence of Windsor Castle. One of the oldest counties in England, the River Thames and its tributaries run through Berkshire. A number of famous people have resided in this county including British Prime Minister David Cameron, comedy genius Ricky Gervais, novelist Jane Austen, singing superstar Elton John, and Hollywood actress Kate Winslet. Along with Windsor Castle, the county is also home to Donnington Castle, Shaw House, Slough Museum and West Berkshire Museum.
Setting up your business here
Berkshire is a major commercial centre with a number of serviced offices housing a large number of businesses. A number of traditional dairy farms also hold an important spot in the local economy. Some of the major corporations in Berkshire include Cisco, Ericsson, Intel, Nvidia, Symantec, Siemens, Verizon, Novell, Virgin Media and Xerox. Financial companies like ING Direct have their headquarters here, while Prudential, Deloitte, Panasonic, and Vodafone also have offices in the area.
Culture and Entertainment
There is a huge array of entertainment including live music, theatre and cinema on offer across Berkshire. There are different live acts every night at The Underground Pub while Rumpy’s also offers similar entertainment. Flavours and Mill Town Tavern are popular entertainment venues while Images Cinema is the place to go for a great movie experience.
Berkshire has a large number of eating establishments including the Michelin starred restaurant the Fat Duck, run by Heston Blumenthal. Michel Roux’s The Waterside Inn is another gem in the area, while Forenza serves deliciously refined Mediterranean cuisine.
Berkshire’s proximity to the capital city has resulted in a number of bus routes and coach services operating in the area, which is popular with commuters. Taxi services are extremely reliable while Reading, Sandhurst, and Basingstoke railway stations are among the major stations connecting the local population to other parts of the country.