Abingdon-on-Thames is a thriving market town on the banks of the River Thames in the heart of Oxfordshire.

Our newly-updated inward investment fact sheet for Abingdon details the economic activity, business and tourism within the town, as well as giving an overview of its attractive riverside location. 

The fact sheet can be downloaded here.

Boosting tourism

New eye-catching noticeboards have been installed by the River Thames in Abingdon to help boost tourism in the town.

Installed by Vale of White Horse District Council, the attractive boards feature a comprehensive street map to show visitors where to find the local shops, pubs and restaurants and the best local attractions such as Abbey Meadows to ensure the town benefits from the spending power they bring with them.

The map also provides information on where people on a boating holiday can moor for up to three nights along the river at Abbey Meadow, Hales Meadow and Rye Farm Meadow. 

Click here for more information on mooring space in Abingdon.

Independent Shops Project

In July 2017, Vale of White Horse District Council launched the Independent Shops Project which will see key partners working with the council to develop initiatives to support independent businesses in the town centre.

The scheme will develop a target list of the types of businesses which would complement the independent offering in the town centre.  The district council will then work with landlords and agents to identify and overcome issues which may prevent businesses from moving into the town’s empty shops, particularly those in Bath Street, Stert Street and the High Street.

The project will also work to attract pop-up shops to the town to allow potential retailers to test the market and to attract new independent businesses.

Read about the Oxford Etsy pop-up shop, opened with the assistance of Iain and the Vale of White Horse District Council Independent Shop Project, here: http://wp.me/p9jOzj-1Hz.

Aside from the Independent Shops Project, Vale of White Horse District Council continues to support businesses in the town by contributing funds and resources to the Abingdon BID.  In year one (2016/17) the Vale contributed approximately £34,000 towards the scheme, in addition to ongoing support and advice from the council’s Economic Development team.

Chamber of Commerce

Vale4Business also works with Abingdon-on-Thames Chamber of Commerce. The aim of the chamber is to be the voice of the local business community in the promotion of the businesses, the town and economy of Abingdon-on-Thames and to act as a representative of businesses within Abingdon and surrounding area.

The chamber holds regular social and networking meetings on the 1st Wednesday morning of every month to enable members and their guests to liaise with other chamber members in the professional atmosphere of The Workstation, East Saint Helen’s Street.

You can keep up with the latest news on the Chamber’s twitter page here.

Dalton Barracks Development

The mixed-use, sustainable Dalton Barracks development will have created 1,200 new homes by 2031, consisting of a good mix of housing.

New services and facilities will be provided, including new schools, local employment opportunities and a substantial country park of at least 80 hectares.

Click here to read the Dalton Barracks Supplementary Planning Document.

Abingdon BID

In October 2015 the businesses of Abingdon voted to support the creation of a Business Improvement District (BID) for the town centre of Abingdon. This is the first BID in Oxfordshire.  Further information on the Abingdon BID can be found on the Abingdon BID website.

Click here to read the Abingdon BID board minutes, reports and the latest newsletter.

Further information

For further information about Abingdon please visit Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council or contact the Abingdon Information Centre on 01235 522711.