Delivering extra benefit to business

Christmas 4

Reading UK the inward investment company for Reading has been active and successful since 2005 with an excellent track record helping to attract national and international investors and businesses to the town.  Since 2006 Reading UK has also successfully initiated and managed Reading town centre BID, one of the first established outside London

Some highlights Reading’s current BID has delivered:

  • Over 25000 PCSO hours extra coverage
  • Over 9500 hours of additional manned CCTV
  • A town centre security warden
  • Close partnership working with Townsafe Radio Scheme involving over 80 businesses & RBAC (Reading Business Against Crime)
  • Over 1000 tons of cardboard collected free and recycled with over 200 business users
  • Over 350,000 sq. metres of street surfaces deep cleaned
  • Over 300,000 pieces of unsightly chewing gum removed
  • Over 2000 floral hanging baskets, troughs and planters displayed and 2 Britain in Bloom Awards
  • The biggest Christmas lighting display in South East outside London
  • Dozens of high profile events in town centre
  • Achieved ‘Purple Flag’ Accreditation with a commendation for displaying best practice in managing a safe, diverse and vibrant late night economy for visitors and workers.
  • Regular BID socials, AGMs and communications both digital and physical, helping businesses network and feedback to the BID on concerning issues



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