6 September 2019/ Inspirations

5 commercial property hotspots in the South East

The South East is the second most populous area in the UK and has the country’s second largest economy, beaten only by Greater London. From international educational excellence in Oxfordshire to the vital transport ports along the coast of Kent, the South East is a great area to base any business. You’ll benefit from good transport links, close proximity to London and many of the South East’s own areas of commercial excellence, like the technology hub around the M4 corridor and strong industrial towns in counties like Kent. We’ve chosen 5 of the most exciting towns and cities in the South East for those on the hunt for the perfect commercial property.


Berkshire’s county town has evolved into one of the UK’s main technology centres over the last few decades, with many significant multinational businesses like Huawei, Cisco, Intel, Verizon and Microsoft having a presence in the town. It’s also a vibrant university town and has been rated as one of the best shopping destinations in the UK, making it the perfect base for retail businesses, restaurants and bars to open their first location or expand their domestic presence. Check out the commercial properties available in Reading here.

1420 Arlington Business Park


An international centre of educational excellence and busy tourist city, Oxford is a great place to base your business. Retail and leisure businesses will see plenty of footfall year-round, from the city’s large student population and the estimated seven million tourists that visit each year. It’s also an excellent place to choose for your office, particularly if your business operates in the education sector, as the academic prestige of an Oxford address will likely give your reputation a boost in the eyes of potential clients. Find your perfect commercial property in Oxford here.

244 Barns Road


Ashford is a destination for shopaholics, as it boasts Ashford Designer Outlet and hundreds of stores in its town centre. It’s also a transport hub, as many holidaymakers take the Eurostar from Ashford International Station on to major destinations like Paris, Brussels and Lille. The town is also just over an hour’s rail journey to central London, making it a good place to be based if your business deals with European and London-based clients. Browse Ashford’s commercial properties here.

Park Street


Home to two universities and a popular coastal destination for tourists, Southampton offers excellent opportunities for businesses in all industries. The city has a bustling port where the majority of the UK’s cruises depart from. The port also sees huge numbers of freight vessels arrive and depart every year, bringing goods to the UK from across the globe. Have a look at the commercial properties currently on the market in Southampton here.

Bargate Quarter


The colourful city of Brighton is known for its quirky culture and the historic Palace Pier. It has resisted the declining trend seen in the UK’s other seaside resorts and welcomes around 11 million visitors every year, meaning retail and leisure businesses benefit from exceptionally high footfall. Brighton has a particularly lively nightlife scene and those looking to open a bar or restaurant in East Sussex should strongly consider basing themselves in the city. Explore Brighton’s commercial property options here.

Circus Street