Portal:South East England

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South East England is one of the nine official regions of England. It was created in 1994 and was adopted for statistics in 1999. Its boundaries include Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey and West Sussex.

Its population as of the 2001 census was 8,000,550; the most populous region. The highest point is Walbury Hill in Berkshire at 297m/974 ft. In common usage the area referred to by South East may vary.

Until 1999 there was a South East Standard Statistical Region which also included the counties of Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Greater London. The former South East Civil Defence Region covered the same area as the current government office region.

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The Horlicks factory
Slough (About this sound pronunciation ; IPA ˈslaʊ) is a town and unitary authority (Borough of Slough) in England. In the 2001 census the population was 119,070 (est. 122,000 in 2006). It is one of the most ethnically diverse towns in the UK, situated some 22 miles (35 km) west of central London and 20 miles (32 km) east of Reading.

It is home to the Slough Trading Estate, the United Kingdom's first such estate, the largest in single ownership, and one of the largest in Europe overall. This, coupled with extensive transport links, makes it one of the most important business centres in the south east of England. It is also home to the largest campus of Thames Valley University.


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Credit: Gillian Moy
Winter sunshine at Keyhaven


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Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson (born 18 July 1950, Shamley Green, Surrey), sometimes abbreviated as SRB for "Sir Richard Branson", is an English entrepreneur, best known for his Virgin brand, a banner that encompasses a variety of business organisations. It is estimated that Branson is worth over £3 billion (equivalent to nearly US$6 billion) according to the Sunday Times Rich List 2006. On 12 October 2006, he emphasised his stated plan is to invest $3 billion of Virgin's profits over 10 years to fight global warming.

Branson started a record shop in Oxford Street in London and, shortly after, launched the record label Virgin Records with Nik Powell. Branson had gained enough profits from his record store to purchase a country estate, in which he installed a recording studio. He leased out studio time to fledgling artists, including multi-instrumentalist Mike Oldfield.


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