The future of Reading town centre

6 Sep 2021

Like so many places, the challenges brought on by the pandemic have magnified some of the underlying structural issues facing our retail-dominated town centres. So, what does the future look like? ..

Open again successfully but what does the future hold for Reading town centre?

14 Apr 2021

Andy Briggs, Chair of Reading Central BID and General Manager of The Oracle, and Nigel Horton Baker, Executive Director of Reading UK, share views on re-opening this week and the future of Reading..

Redundancy Support in Reading – a short guide to local services

8 Feb 2021

While economic reports from PwC and Centre for Cities have both noted positive indications for Reading’s capacity to recover from downturn, they also illustrate the risks to our economy from a skills..

Looking ahead: Positive signs for Reading in 2021

28 Jan 2021

As we leave 2020 behind and sail ahead into the new year, with hopes of vaccines and (hopefully) the beginning of a recovery for our city and beyond, we take a look at some positive signs for..

'Tis the season - how to support the local economy this Christmas

10 Dec 2020

The benefits of supporting the local economy doesn’t just impact businesses. By shopping local we support our community, putting money back into the town we live in, supporting employment and making..

Would a Hub and Spoke model suit Reading?

18 Nov 2020

Reading UK's Executive Director, Nigel Horton-Baker, shares his thoughts on the future of the workplace, asking whether a Hub and Spoke model would suit Reading.

How can we build a more sustainable economy for Reading?

12 Nov 2020

With the launch of an economic renewal and recovery strategy, Reading UK is hosting a series of virtual roundtables to discuss key topics with local experts. The first of these roundtables is chaired..

What will Reading's tourism offer look like in 2021?

20 Oct 2020

With the 900th anniversary of one of England’s medieval gems, Reading Abbey Ruins, fast-approaching, we take a look at the future of Reading’s leisure tourism offer as we head ever-closer to 2021.

A city of rivers and parks: the best of Reading's green spaces

16 Sep 2020

Many visitors to Reading are surprised by how green the city and its surroundings are and how much space it boasts to live and enjoy - from walking lovely stretches of the Thames to a picnic in the..

How Reading's arts organisations have adapted to a 'Covid' world

11 Aug 2020

In a spring and summer like no other, Reading cultural organisations haven’t let lockdown stop them from innovating, engaging and entertaining; in the absence of the usual tens of thousands of..