The region's enterprise partnership has been heralded as one of the best performing in the country.

The Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (BTVLEP) has been ranked as the second highest performing LEP in England,

According to the Good Growth for Cities 2018 index, BTVLEP has seen the second largest increase in its score and emerged second in the overall LEP index.

The index measures the performance of 42 of the UK's largest cities, England's Local Enterprise Partnerships and the nine Combined Authorities, against indicators for employment, health, income and skills.

Richard Harrington, the BTVLEP's chief executive, said, "We are delighted with our placement in the index.

"Being located at the heart of the Oxford, Milton Keynes, Cambridge growth corridor we recognize that the strength in this region comes from collaboration across city, town and rural areas.

Mr Harrington added: "The continued prominence of these great cities at the upper levels of the good growth and the economic potential of the region will only be harvested.

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