Howes Percival has always been at the centre of the Oxford-Cambridge Arc and our offices straddle the length and breadth of the area.

The success and growth of our business and that of our clients' businesses feeds into the overall success of the area. We are ‘local’ to each part of the Arc and have a very real and obvious interest in proposals which affect it. Our clients own and run businesses which are key to the Arc’s continued economic growth and we act for thousands of businesses whose commercial future will be interlinked with the Oxford - Milton Keynes - Cambridge plans for the future. We make it our business to understand our clients’ business and the Arc is relevant to us all.

We have specialist teams in a number of sectors affected by the continued and enhanced success of the Arc including, agriculture, automotive, charities and social enterprises, development and construction, education, energy, financial services, food and drink, health, leisure and tourism, manufacturing, media and creative, minerals and waste, professional services, public sector, retail, science and technology and social housing.

What is the Oxford-Cambridge Arc?

The Oxford-Cambridge Arc is that part of central England, from Oxford to Cambridge, encompassing the Silverstone cluster, Milton Keynes and Northampton which lies at the heart of the UK’s fast growing high-value knowledge-based businesses. It has been recognised that these areas already demonstrate higher than average growth year on year.

The Government has decided to name the area the Oxford-Cambridge Arc but is still referred to by a host of alternative names. The Supercluster is being promoted by the Silverstone cluster who point out that it is actually a cluster of clusters. The brain belt, or Turing Arch, nod to the bio tech, space tech and automotive tech coming out of the Universities along, and at both ends of, the corridor and the coding innovation. CaMKOx, the Cambridge – Milton Keynes – Oxford Corridor, growth corridor or arc are also widely used.

The Arc is the UK’s 'hothouse' for world leading science, innovation and technology based industries. It contains world leaders in high-performance engineering, advanced manufacturing, motorsport, digital creative and life sciences. This growth has happened with limited encouragement, building on the world-leading Universities in its midst.

The area is already seen as an economic success, England’s Economic Heartland (EEH) identified 175,000 businesses employing over 1.64 million people adding over £92.5billion gross value to the national pot in its October 2016 report, but there is a real belief that the potential for economic growth is far higher. The Arc is now getting support. The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) supports improved connectivity focusing on improving the rail and road links between Cambridge, Milton Keynes and Oxford and through EEH and SEMLEP initiatives, local government is committed to working together towards the collective goal.

To allow the Arc to be the best it can be certain key things have been identified: improved East-West connectivity: rail network and road network enhancements; housing developments to supply the workforce required to sustain the growth; and cooperation. It is a fantastic opportunity to shape the corridor for years to come with intelligent solutions to transport, housing, IT connectivity.

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