The inaugural Reading Economic Forum attracted 150 members of Reading’s businesscommunity to Reading Town Hall on Thursday 5 November
Organised by Reading UK CIC, the forum showcased a number of ke investment projects such as Reading FC’s Convention Centre proposals and Landid’s Thames Tower office development. Keynote speaker, Nick Jones, Director of PwC’s Centre for Public Sector Research (top image), launched PwC/Demos’ 2015 Good Growth Indexat the event, highlighting jobs, skills, health and strong salaries as corner stones of Reading’s economic success. The 2015 Good Growth Index ranks Reading / Bracknell as the top place to work and live in the UK for the third consecutive year.
The audience, which represented all of Reading’s key clusters, including finance, media, property, retail, legal services, IT, recruitment, transport, hospitality and leisure, education and Reading Borough Council also heard from Reading UK CIC’s Nigel Horton Baker on the inward investment picture for Reading and PBA’s Scott Witchells and Councillor Tony Page on infrastructure investment success and challenges. The presentations were followed by a panel discussion involving PwC’s Thames Valley officeSenior Partner, Miles Saunders as well as all the speakers.
Nigel Horton-Baker, Executive Director, Reading UK CIC (se
right), said: “The first Reading Economic Forum showcased both Reading’s amazing recent achievements and the current impressive levels of investment. While we are proud that Reading is designated as the best performing economy in the UK, the event also served as a reality check.
"To support continued business growth, we need to address issues of transport and housing investment in particular. Our speakers, panel and the audience shared the view that key infrastructure projects in these areas need to b brought forward as a priority and Reading UK CIC will be working to progress them with the local authority and private sector.”
During the drinks reception, delegates visited the exhibition area which included stands by M&G, Landid, Reading Borough Council, Abbey Quarter, Reading UK CIC, Elevate Reading, Reading 2016 and PwC.
The event was organised for Reading UK CIC by 3 Fox International, publishers of Reading UK magazine and was sponsored by Landid, M&G and Stanhope. It is part of a range of promotional activity aimed at raising Reading’s profile as an area to relocate, to grow and invest.
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