​​The South East on England is a large size region and the most populous within UK with a population of approximately 9.1m that accounts for 13.7% of the national total. The region is a fast growing and very prosperous area with the second largest regional economy in the UK (after London). The South East has a more varied economy than many other regions, with less reliance on the public sector and industries such as ICT, pharmaceuticals, biotech, healthcare, high tech engineering and aerospace that are thoroughly established within the region.
The area has a heavy concentration of internationally-significant engineering businesses, with a large number of aerospace and defence companies throughout the territory, particularly in large towns such as Cambridge, Milton Keynes and Chelmsford. The space industry is well developed and strong in the region, and there is a high propensity among businesses in the region to export.

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