The Thames Valley is a prime location for businesses and is fast becoming the commercial capital of the south. Its strong transport network with the M4 corridor, Heathrow and reliable, ever-evolving rail links makes it a great connection hub between the Midlands and London, and a great place for international businesses as well. It is a base for many of the country’s technology firms and is home to many manufacturing companies as well as a wide variety of professional organisations.
Gateley is a law-led professional services group which provides proactive legal advice with a cut-through commercial edge that is pragmatic and partner-led. It has a strong emphasis on local delivery with offices in Reading, Guildford, London, Birmingham, Leeds, Leicester, Manchester, Nottingham, and Dubai.
From its offices located at The Blade in the centre of Reading, it has a number of specialist teams covering all aspects of legal services.
In 2015, it was the UK’s first commercial law firm to become a publicly-quoted company admitted to trading on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange. Since the float, it has acquired two businesses; Gateley Hamer a property consultancy, specialising in compulsory purchase orders and easements and wayleaves, and Gateley Capitus, a tax consultancy specialising in advising businesses and individuals on the tax incentives available for investment in and development of property assets.
The Business of the Year award is open to every company in the area and recognises not only profitability, innovation and employment but also the contribution made to the local economic community and support to culture and charities in the region. The winner will receive a prestigious trophy for its reception or boardroom. It will also be featured in The Business Magazine and enjoy wide-ranging media and PR opportunities.
The head of its Reading office Christopher Avery will be a member of the panel judging companies entering the category.