Basildon is the largest economy in Essex and a significant driver of regional and national growth. Basildon's business base has increased rapidly in recent years and the borough is now home to 8,635 thriving businesses. A significant number of these have particular strengths in the Digital, Creative and ICT sector and the Advanced Manufacturing sector.
Key global brands and corporates have been established in Basildon for a considerable time, these include: the Ford Motor Co, New Holland Agriculture, Leonardo, MIRA and DST Financial Services to mention but a few. More recently, COSTA, the nation's favourite coffee shop and the largest and fastest growing coffee shop chain in the UK, relocated to Basildon in 2017 on completion of its brand new £38m coffee roasting plant.