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Guide to Local Business History

High  Wycombe is the largest town in Buckinghamshire,  so it provides an employment centre for the  county. Much of High Wycombes growth during the 18th and 19th centuries can be  attributed to the rising importance of the furniture industry here. In  recognition of this, the town was once known as the furniture capital of  England. Although the industry is still represented by some well known names  such as Ercol and Parker-Knoll,  there are now new industries within the area.

 To promote a modern and successful local economy, Wycombe  District Council has created its Economic Development Unit. This co-ordinates  local businesses, training agencies and business support organisations and  provides information, contacts, publications and advice. The unit also produces  an annual Economic Development Programme, which sets out priorities and a  schedule for the coming year