STAINES-UPON-THAMES and its surrounding area offer a superb range of lifestyle choices and a great work-life balance. You can choose from many hotels, restaurants, cafés and bars, with many offering relaxed and welcoming Thames-side settings.

The High Street, Elmsleigh Shopping Centre and Two Rivers Retail Park are home to household names such as Bhs, Debenhams, Marks & Spencer, W H Smith and a Vue cinema. You can also shop at many independent retailers and the traditional street market on Wednesday and Saturday.

A range of hotels include Mercure Thames Lodge, Travelodge, the 4 star Great Fosters Hotel and Runnymede Hotel at nearby Egham.

You’ll find a selection of health clubs and gyms including Virgin Active and Spelthorne Leisure Centre. Close by are the attractions of Ascot Racecourse, Wentworth and Sunningdale golf clubs, Thorpe Park, Legoland and Windsor Great Park.

Local schools include Eton College, the ACS International school in Egham and independent and state schools within the town.

Companies who have been attracted to Staines include: BUPA, Future Electronics, British Gas, Dow Chemicals, Veolia, Samsung, Salesforce, Enterprise Cars, Hitachi Capital, Gartner and Centrica.