Local Businesses and Markets

Business Strategy

Each year the district council pursues its strategy to help create a prosperous future for the area.

One of the main aims is to help people find the support they need to set up in business or to expand existing businesses, and to find new employment opportunities. At the same time the Council is working to protect and improve the environment which will help to regenerate business and retail centres.

The Three Rivers District benefits from:

  • A range of well established, international companies
  • An attractive local environment in which to live and work (65% Green Belt)
  • Excellent local and regional communications M25, M1, rail and tube links
  • An excellent labour supply

Business opportunities

These are abundant and include:

  • A chance to work in partnership with local companies and community groups to build a better economic future
  • National funding for local employment and community projects from the Single Regeneration Budget
  • Money from Europe to help areas like Three Rivers which were affected by the decline in the defence industry

A key objective involves town centre regeneration, and important local examples are the Rickmansworth, South Oxhey, Abbots Langley and Chorleywood Regeneration Schemes. These projects have taken the towns and villages forward into the new millennium as thriving and successful centres offering a wide range of improved and accessible services.

There are six light industrial estates within the district located at Croxley Business Park, Kings Langley, Tolpits Lane, Maple Cross, Woodcock Hill and Hunton Bridge.

Camelot Group plc, organiser of the National Lottery, is based within the District, along with Comet, Novartis, Daewoo, Nissan, Perrier, Kenwood, Ferrero Rocher, Trebor Bassett and Leavesden Studios.

Developers, quite understandably, consider that the District's siting on main communication routes, its highly skilled and educated workforce, combined with the proximity to London and the pleasant environment, make it an excellent location for assorted projects, ranging from offices and flats to hotels and golf courses.

Much of the District is occupied by farmland and agricultural industries that make an important contribution to the local economy. The headquarters of Holstein UK and Ireland, which registers pedigree cattle and provides information on improved breeding, is based in Rickmansworth.

The Council works closely with the South West Herts Chamber of Commerce to ensure it meets the requirements of the local business community. The South West Herts Business Partnership sees that the local Chamber of Commerce, Councils and key agencies work together for better transport, better training and a better environment.

For business advice and information, visit the Business Link website.


Based at Henderson Hall, the Abbots Langley Transition Project (ALTTA) organises a local market several times per year and is fast becoming a feature of village life.

The Sarratt Village Hall Market sells beautiful items, where you can buy plants, crafts, bric-a-brac, home-made gifs and food, and affordable antique stalls.

Run by Watford Rural Parish Council, there the market includes various stall holders set up at in Bridlington Road and sell a variety of goods including food and clothes every Thursday.


Three Rivers is officially a Fairtrade district. Information about Fairtrade can be found on their website at

Local Businesses and Markets