Latest E news for Reading

June 2017

BID AGM and Summer Social Thursday 13 July

All BID businesses are invited to the Reading BID AGM and Social at Reading Museum & Town Hall on Thursday 13 July.  The AGM business will take place from 3.30pm - 5pm and include presentations on Reading’s historic Abbey Quarter and the plans to extend the BID to include businesses surrounding Reading Abbey.  It will be followed by the Summer BID Social from 5pm-6.30pm. All welcome.

Please RSVP if you would like to attend, choosing one of:- AGM & presentations / Summer Social / AGM & Social


Promoting town centre food businesses

This year's Eat Reading festival (3 &4 June) increased footfall in Reading town centre on the Saturday by 6500 on the previous week and on the Sunday by 3000. Peak footfall of 9000 – 10,000 per hour on the Saturday was maintained between 11am and 5pm.

This year’s festival saw 40 Reading restaurants and food businesses as well as independent street food traders turn Broad Street into a global dining experience. Any food businesses booking a pitch for 2018 (Sat 2 & Sun 3 June) before August will get a 20% discount on the pitch fee.

Reading BID has partnered with,  the restaurant, café, bar and club listings for Reading. The site has recently been updated and is now mobile friendly. Every Reading establishment has a free listing. There are also introductory opportunities to sponsor sections of the site. To update your free listing or inquire about advertising, contact


Safe and secure

The BID is currently working with night time partners including police, RBC, licensed premises, St Mary’s Minster street pastors and the NHS to explore ways to maximise security and safety for staff and visitors throughout the evening hours.

You may have noticed that the First Stop Bus emergency service  has now moved to St Mary’s Minster in St Marys Butts and is open Friday and Saturday nights to the public.  We will keep you informed of further imminent initiatives as they come on stream.

Thanks also to everyone from our town centre businesses (over 70) who attended the recent Operation Griffin event at RBC's Council Chamber where members of local police and South East Anti-Terror Unit presented best practice scenarios that we can all follow in our fight to keep our town centres safe. We will be working with RBAC to organise further anti-terrorism and town centre security events over the coming months, given the current heightened security situation in the UK.


A floral BID

Look out for our developing display of over 500 floral troughs, planters and hanging baskets which were installed by the BID at the end of May. They will be in situ, showing the town centre at its best, until early October.


Keep on top of begging

Please revisit the Begging Protocol on the Reading BID website for information on how to deal with and report issues. Please also email us your views on the last six months.


Cultural place making

The BID’s ARENA free arts and cultural programme kicks off on Sunday 2 July with Floating Rivers of Reading, part of Open for Art weekend. The BID is funding town centre events on weekends throughout July and August with a river theme to link with the inaugural Reading-on-Thames Festival (see below). Most ARENA events take place in Broad Street. Download the ARENA leaflet

Finalists in the business categories of Reading UK CIC’s inaugural Reading Cultural Awards include BID businesses Haslams Estate Agents and Jacobs The Jewellers, as well as Warings Bakery, Resourcing Solutions, Peter Brett Associates, Landid, Network Rail, GWR, The Oracle, One Forbury Place. The winners of the Cultural Awards, which are part of place-making marketing work on behalf of Reading, will be announced on 29 June.

Reading-on-Thames Festival
Reading BID is sponsoring two days of free pop-up theatre in Reading town centre as part of the first ever Reading-on-Thames Festival. Playground Victories will bring circus and comic theatre to Broad Street on 9 and 10 September.

Look out for the Reading Fringe Festival, 18-23 July, which is being supported by Reading BID

BID to welcome Reading Festival goers
The BID is planning to welcome visitors to Reading Festival this August. Part of the welcome will include information about Reading, maps, advice etc.  We also plan to issue goody bags with giveaways that visitors may find of use.  If your business would like to get involved or contribute please email for details.


Council A-Board license

Reading Borough Council has announced it will be introducing a license for any business wishing to display an A Board outside the business from 1 July. The scheme is being administered by the Council’s Licensing department. All applications/queries to



Footfall in the town centre was down 2.6% in May on last year with just under two million visitors and marginally up on April 2017.  Saturday 13 May was the busiest day with over 86,000 visitors, peaking at 3pm. Weekday lunchtimes were consistently the second busiest periods of the week. Get the latest data.

There have been a number of major town centre office developments opening in the last few months with Thames Tower and The White Building opening and SSE having taken occupancy of One Forbury Place on Forbury Road – there will be up to 2000 people working in that building once it is fully occupied. Read Hicks Baker report for more details on the Reading office market


Retail and Hospitality Awards

The deadline to enter your business for the Reading Retail Awards is 10 July. There are nine categories in which you can self nominate. Reading BID is sponsoring Promotional Initiative of the Year.

The inaugural Thames Valley Hospitality Awards, In association with the Hilton Reading, Cream Design and Cherubs Floral Design, will take place in February 2018. These awards aim to recognise hotels, bed and breakfasts, restaurants, pubs and the staff who work there. The gala awards dinner will be Sunday, February 11, 2018.


Reading City of Sanctuary - 4 July

Reading City of Sanctuary (CoS) is inviting all interested businesses to their networking event on 4 July (7.30pm at Civic Offices) to raise the profile of Reading CoS amongst the business community, create an opportunity for businesses to network, find out more about Reading CoS and hopefully become a signatory.

The event will precede the National City of Sanctuary conference held at the Pavilion, Oxford Road, on 5th July with Brendan Cox as guest speaker. To attend, please email Kate Butler



Need corporate parking? Want to be charged preferential rates just for the times you use it? Greyfriars Car Park Ltd has 250 spaces for business use in The Oracle Riverside car park in the heart of the town. Full ANPR system which after registration automatically bills you monthly for the hours you have been parked. You can register as many number plates as you wish under this scheme, meaning you can offer staff parking, your company's visitors can have spaces or you can simply use for one car. The Oracle Riverside car park is fully secure and open 24 hours a day.

For more information please contact


Web design by Tribal Systems