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Local InformationBasildon is part of the Thames Gateway, the UK Government's largest Regeneration initiative, and a priority area for development.
Basildon has the second largest economy in the Thames Gateway outside of London.
Basildon is the commercial centre of South Essex with a broad, thriving industrial base. Over 5,000 VAT registered businesses, including more than 2,000 manufacturing, construction and service companies and hundreds of stores and shops, successfully operate in the Basildon district.
Major employers call Basildon home
Major employers in Basildon include:
•Ford Motor Company UK
•New Holland Agriculture.
•International Financial Data Services (IFDS)
•Konica Minolta UK
Excellent access to London, its airports, and DP World's London Gateway
The district is an attractive location for the office market. It has a superb communications network, and the heart of London is only 30 miles away with easy access to the M25 from which all London airports can be reached.
•London City Airport
•London Gatwick Airport
•London Heathrow Airport
•London Stansted Airport
The district also has good rail access with travel time from Fenchurch Street, London to Basildon approximately 30 minutes. and from Liverpool Street, London to Basildon's two satellite towns of Billericay and Wickford also approximately 35 minutes.
Fenchurch Street Station, London, connecting to:
Liverpool Street Station, London connecting to Basildon's two satellite towns Billericay and Wickford at:
Seaport and container services
Basildon is only 4 miles from a 21st Century major deep-sea container port and Europe's largest logistics park at,
•DP World’s London Gateway.
Strong retail offer
The District's retail activity is centred around the Basildon, Billericay, Wickford, Laindon, and Pitsea town centres, the 757,000 square foot Eastgate Shopping Centre (which houses 120 shops and restaurants) and the Westgate Park in Basildon Town Centre, out-of-town retail parks, and the 100-acre Festival Leisure Park.
•Eastgate Shopping Centre
•Festival Leisure Park Basildon
£2billion regeneration programme
The Basildon District is undergoing a major £2billion regeneration programme, which will further enhance its stature as the business hub of the sub-region.
Major projects planned include:
•the redevelopment of Basildon, Pitsea and Wickford town centres
•the creation of the Basildon Sporting Village, which it is expected will provide a training base for the London 2012 Olympic Games.