The Reading Economic Forum updates the business community on the performance of the Reading economy.
Key note speaker is Simon Fox, Chief Executive of Trinity Mirror PLC, owners of Getreading, who will be talking about the challenges that the increasing digitisation of the economy presents across a number of business sectors as well as the role of the creative industries in place making.
Simon Fox was appointed Chief Executive of Trinity Mirror in September 2012. Previously he was Chief Executive Officer of HMV Group plc. Prior to this, he was Chief Operating Officer for Kesa Electricals plc with responsibility for Kesa’s subsidiaries in the UK and Continental Europe and its e-commerce businesses. Simon began his career as a graduate trainee at Security Pacific Bank and worked at Boston Consulting Group. Thereafter, he founded Office World, the UK's first out-of-town office supplies retailer.
Creating vibrant cities and attractive lifestyles are an increasingly important part of driving business growth - it helps attract businesses and their workers to the area. Reflecting the importance of Reading’s Year of Culture, Reading 2016, the Forum will also examine the importance of the creative industries and the role of the arts and culture in place making from a business perspective.
Nigel Horton-Baker, Executive Director, Reading UK CIC, said: “The latest data shows that Reading has the highest increase in employment in the creative (digital tech) sector outside London specialising in cybersecurity, business software, data analytics through established global names like Symantec, Wipro and Microsoft as well as locally hq’d firms like Fantoo, Cloud Direct and Altitude Angel.
“The town is currently playing host to world class artists at Reading Prison and Reading Year of Culture has raised the bar for Reading as a cultural destination. Meanwhile the Abbey dating back to Henry I is being restored to reopen to the public with the potential to drive place-making in a way Richard III did for Leicester. This year’s Reading Economic Forum will be celebrating Reading’s economic performance and considering how an active programme of place making will support further business growth in Reading.”
Reading Economic Forum is free to attend and open to all businesses in Reading and in the Thames Valley. It is a partnership between Reading UK CIC and 3 Fox International and is sponsored by Brockton Capital, Landid, M&G Real Estate and Stanhope. It takes place at 5:30pm at Reading Town Hall on Thursday 24 November.
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