Abbey Quarter Business Improvement District

Business Plan 2019-24

AbbeyQuarter proposalcoverReading UK is proposing a new BID for the area surrounding Reading Abbey, which includes many new office buildings. This is an area which has developed fast in recent years and has the potential to become a world-class business location and a great place in which to live and work. Following the consultation with businesses in the area, Reading UK believes there is a clear need for a BID to help deliver improvements in areas such as public realm, place marketing, regeneration of the Kennet, safer and cleaner public spaces and a commercial requirement to help businesses attract and retain the very best talent.

The proposed work streams for a new Abbey Quarter BID would revolve around making the area cleaner and greener, safer, well branded and well connected. Examples of activity it would fund include: security/warden service, events programme to animate public spaces, health and wellbeing initiatives for staff who work in the area, a staff benefits scheme, lighting schemes  and creative use of the waterways.

Bill Gornall King, Partner, Boyes Turner and President Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce, said: “With the re-opening of our historic Reading Abbey and plans being discussed to re-vitalise Reading Prison, now is a unique opportunity for all of us in the ‘Abbey Quarter’ to come together, to build on these positives and to position ourselves as one of the pre-eminent business locations in the south . I urge colleagues in this historic area to engage with the proposal and explore the possibilities the proposed ‘Abbey Quarter’ Commercial District can offer to all of our businesses, our staff and visitors.”

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