The Thames Valley Business Barometer

The Thames Valley is one of the UK’s economic powerhouses, home to some of the world’s largest businesses across a broad range of sectors. Understanding economic and business confidence in the Thames Valley gives a critical insight into the shape and direction of the UK economy as a whole.

In 2012 C8 spotted the need to provide local businesses with a measure of economic and business confidence. The result is the twice-yearly Thames Valley Business Barometer, a collaboration with BDO LLP that delves into issues affecting Thames Valley business.

The Thames Valley Business Barometer
Autumn 2018 – Theme: Cyber Security Trends


The Thames Valley Business Barometer is a collaboration between BDO LLP and C8 Consulting, providing a snapshot of business and economic confidence in the Thames Valley twice a year.

As well as focusing on economic confidence, growth and employment intentions, the autumn 2018 Barometer will be putting the spotlight on cyber security trends; A cyber security breach is anything relating to an unauthorised access of data, applications, services or networks. A government report released earlier this year found that nearly half of businesses in the UK had fallen victim to cyber-attacks or security breaches in the preceding 12 months. For this reason, it seemed only right that this should be our themed topic for our survey, so we can get a local level perspective on an issue that affects every one of us.

The latest barometer survey is now live and will be open to Thames Valley businesses for six weeks.

Survey results will be published and circulated at the beginning of 2019. If you would like to participate, the survey can be accessed here. You can also request a hard-copy of the survey and return it to either of the following addresses:

Paula Elliott, C8 Consulting, 200 Brook Drive, Reading, Berkshire, RG2 6UB

Ian White, BDO LLP, Thames Tower, Station Road, Reading RG1 1LX

First Half 2018 Barometer Results

The spring Business Barometer looked at environmental practices in the workplace, in particular organisations’ policies, as well as practices to reduce their environmental footprint and drive better environmental behaviour.

While a quarter of businesses don’t have an environmental policy and have no plans to introduce one, almost a half said they do and about a quarter are planning to introduce one. There was a clear rise in environmental policy adoption as only a tenth adopted an environmental policy more than 10 years ago, but approximately a third (31%) had introduced a policy between three and 10 years ago, and almost half (49%) between one and three years ago. The survey found that the two main drivers for organisations to have an environmental policy are to improve their reputation (25%) and to reduce their environmental footprint (34%).

This time around, more than 100 businesses across the Thames Valley took part in the Barometer survey. Kyocera, OxSyBio, Thames Valley Science Park, Snaffling Pig and Waylands are also profiled in the report, sharing their perspectives on their own performance and environmental practices in the workplace.

To access a copy of the full report please click here. If you would like to receive a hard copy, please email Paula Elliott on or call Paula on 0118 949 7736.

To find out more about the report or to be profiled in the next Barometer please also contact Paula Elliott, MD, C8 Consulting.


Thames Valley Business
Barometer Panel Members

  • Activate Learning
  • Boyes Turner
  • BtL Communication
  • CH&Co Convatec
  • Diamond Light Source
  • Grundon
  • Hays
  • Henley Business School
  • Hewland Engineering
  • Hicks Baker
  • HR Wallingford
  • HSBC
  • Integris Financial Recruitment
  • International Brand Development Council
  • J Bennett & Sons
  • Mabey
  • MD2MD
  • Medical Supermarket
  • Morgan Lovell
  • Natwest
  • Ocean Consulting
  • Oxford Space Systems
  • Oxfordshire LEP
  • Pitmans LLP
  • RBS
  • Snaffling Pig
  • Stoke Park
  • Thames Valley Science Park
  • The Business Magazine
  • The Romans Group
  • TVCC
  • UK Property Forum
  • UTC Reading
  • Waylands

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