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The economic development company for Reading

Reading UK was established in 2007 as a Community Interest Company (CIC). We operate as a public/private partnership to promote and sustain the economic development of Reading through programmes that drive its world-class economy. We exist to:

  • Profile Reading globally as a place to visit, invest, relocate and do business
  • Regenerate and grow the economic footprint of Reading
  • Improve Reading’s demand and supply match of labour and skills
  • Manage and develop Reading’s Central Business District
  • Invest in Reading’s economically important infrastructure

Board of Directors

The company’s Board of Directors is a team of experts comprising leading figures from property, retail, education, transport and media organisations as well as the local authority:-

  • Adam Jacobs - Jacobs the Jewellers (Chair)
  • Scott Witchalls - Peter Brett Associates
  • Graham Mountford - Broad Street Mall (Chair Reading BID)
  • Tom Pierpoint - First Great Western
  • Aaron Pope - M & G
  • Kim Cohen - Barton Willmore Partnership
  • Peter Sloman - Reading Borough Council
  • Jo Lovelock (Deputy Chair) - Reading Borough Council
  • Sir David Bell - University of Reading
  • Rory Carson - Mapletree (Green Park)
  • Andy Briggs - Oracle Shopping Centre
  • Paul House - Trinity Mirror
  • Nigel Howe - Reading Football Club
  • Shelley Taylor - Hammerson
  • Paul Etherington - Grant Thornton
  • Paul Newman - Activate Learning / Reading College
  • Nigel Horton-Baker - Executive Director, Reading UK CIC

Our Board members have a stake in the real estate, market and labour force of Reading, bringing a vision for Reading’s future growth and a desire to champion its ongoing success. For information - Persons with Significant Control Register

Growing opportunity

Reading UK is leading an ambitious new strategy to drive economic growth and further raise the profile of Reading globally as a place to invest, do business, work and live. We are determined to maintain Reading’s strong economic position and raise the quality of life of those living and working here through a targeted action plan that will make a difference.

Reading's Economic Development Plan 2016-20

A stronger Reading economy, one that has a vibrant 24/7 retail, arts, cultural and hospitality town centre, strong local business sectors and is competitive and attractive to global businesses. An economy that ultimately creates employment opportunity for local people of all ages through a private, public and voluntary sector partnership. A plan that enables and promotes the sharing of the benefits of the strong economy to all that live, work and visit Reading. Three key policy areas:- 

  • Plan poster webSupporting opportunities for employment for local people through an integrated customer focused service supporting local people to get nearer to the work place, and matching them to jobs.
  • Growing opportunities to strengthen the local economy through supporting business and removing barriers; matching new opportunities to local workforce.
  • Raising Reading's profile as a place of growing opportunity. Refreshing the brand through targeted promotions, overseas contacts and building the legacy of Reading 2016 and support for the Abbey Quarter concept. 

Download the Reading Economic Development Plan 2016-20

Reading UK Annual Review 2016/17

You can download a pdf version of our most recent annual report here.

Reading UK is a Community Interest Company limited by guarantee and registered in England & Wales (No. 5671172) at One Forbury Square, The Forbury, Reading RG1 3EB.

Its trading address - for all correspondence - is The Library Building, Abbey Square, Reading, RG1 3BQ