Hemel Hempstead - local business list

Hemel Hempstead has a mixture of heavy and light engineering companies and has attracted a significant number of information technology andtelecommunications sector companies helped by its proximity to London and the UK motorway network. However, (and again in common with many new towns) it has a much narrower business base than established centres, particularly Watford and St Albans.

Significant firms with a local presence include:

  • ACT (formerly Apricot Computers)
  • Aquascutum, Clothing manufacturer
  • ASOS.com, Customer Care department of UK's largest online fashion retailer
  • Bourne Leisure
  • BP Oil, petroleum
  • BSI Product Services
  • Gist Food distribution for Marks & Spencer
  • Glanville Consultants, Civil and Structural Engineering Consultants.
  • British Telecom, telecommunications
  • BSI (British Standards Institution) materials testing
  • DSG International plc (formerly Dixons Group), electrical retailer (global headquarters)
  • Dixons, electrical retailer (national headquarters)
  • DuPont, petrochemicals
  • Epson, Consumer Electronics
  • Friedheim International, pre- and postpress printing & bookbinding equipment
  • Filippo Berio UK Olive Oil
  • Aon Hewitt, Human resources (personnel) out-sourcing and benefits administration consulting arm of Aon
  • HSBC Bank, Telephone services & Head Office Operations
  • Kent Brushes (G B Kent & Sons Ltd) — Established in 1777 & has been manufacturing brushes in Apsley for most of that time.
  • Kodak, photography — (formerly in central Hemel, now located on 3Com Campus)
  • NEXT, clothing (distribution centre)
  • Northgate Information Solutions, specialist software for human resources
  • Sappi group, paper, at Nash Mills. Has announced the mill will close in 2006
  • Steria computers, IT services
  • Transcend UK office of DRAM and Flash memory manufacturer
  • Unisys, computers
  • Xerox Office Supplies, Document supplies, paper development