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Reading

THE CITY

Reading is a vibrant town situated in Berkshire. It offers a perfect mix of heritage, beautiful nature, shopping and commerce. It is situated onteh main motorway out of central London to Bristol. 

ECONOMY

With 50% of its population educated to a degree level or equivalent, Reading has the second most productive economy in the UK. The town has produced world-leading research in climate change, health, business and archaeology. The region is top for technology employment and boasts the highest density of technology businesses in the UK. Reading has also prospered into a regional hub for financial and business services.

TRANSPORT

The town is easily to commute by foot, as both of the major shopping centres and the main historic attractions are in walking distance from the train station. Reading has a local bus service serving the town and several local villages. Reading railway station is one of the busiest interchanges on the national rail network with services across the country to destinations such as Manchester and Portsmouth. A train to London Paddington takes 25 minutes.

EDUCATION

The town is home to the prestigious University of Reading, which holds a world-class reputation for teaching, research and enterprise.

RETAIL

Reading has been recognised for its array of shopping facilities with its rich variety of brands and styles. You will find high street favourites in The Oracle Centre. A modern shopping centre is a city favourite with over 70 shops, cinemas, and restaurants. Alternatively, you can spend an afternoon discovering the Broad Street Mall or Harris Arcade. The town also offers original independent shops.

LEISURE AND SPORT

Whether you are seeking culture, nature or a good night out then Reading is the place to be. Spend the day experiencing some of Reading’s culture with a walking tour of the town’s heritage and a visit to Reading Abbey, burial place of King Henry I. Alternatively, pass your time by the waterfront soaking up some of Reading’s waterways getting stuck into water sports or relaxing on a river cruise.

HOTELS

In Reading, there is an abundance of accommodation to match all tastes and budgets. Whether you are looking for a lavish 5-star country house or a simple family-sized apartment you will find the perfect addition to your trip.

  • Thames Tower, Station Road, RG1

    Serviced Office

    Price from £450 per workstation/month

    Located exceptionally well directly opposite Reading station, this property exhibits great design and attention to...
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      Showers

    • 24/7 Access Control

      24/7 Access Control

    • 24/7 Security Monitoring

      24/7 Security Monitoring

    • Meeting Rooms

    • Staffed Reception

    • Tea Points

    • Air Conditioning

    • High Speed Internet

    • Dedicated Internet Line

    • Passenger Lifts

    • Private Offices

  • Kings Road, Reading, RG1

    Serviced Office

    Price from £ 315 per workstation/month

    This property is ideally locationed moments from Reading station and its neighbouring shops, bars and...
    • Showers

      Showers

    • 24/7 Security Monitoring

      24/7 Security Monitoring

    • Lounges

      Lounges

    • Bicycle Storage

      Bicycle Storage

    • Passenger Lifts

    • Meeting Rooms

    • Tea Points

    • Phone Booths

    • Staffed Reception

    • High Speed Internet

    • Dedicated Internet Line

    • Air Conditioning

  • Key facts

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    Population

    163,200

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    GVA (billions)

    £ 1,711

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    Working Population

    67%

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    Employment Rate

    81%

    Top 5 Business Sectors in Reading

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    Local Transport

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    • Reading Station

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    Heathrow Airport

    Education

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    • University of Reading