Supporting the proposal for an Abbey Quarter commercial district

A number of businesses within what would become the new Abbey Quarter commercial district from 2019 are lending their support to the proposal to create a a commercial district driven by the needs of local businesses. 

John Ellis, Senior Partner, PwC

john proposal photo 2"PwC have been part of Reading’s ‘Abbey Quarter’ since 2013.  The area is a magnet for a thriving variety of exciting and innovative commercial businesses in a cultural and historical setting of real national importance.  The ‘Abbey Quarter’ Commercial District that is being proposed, deserves everyone’s attention.  With business support this initiative could result in our area gaining greater profile nationally with the associated benefits for owners, staff and visitors.  We encourage everyone to add their voice to the debate to ensure the BID represents all views. 


Bill Gornall King, Partner Boyes Turner

BG K 20042018"With the re-opening of our historic Reading Abbey and plans being discussed to revitalise Reading Prison, now is a unique opportunity for business in the ‘Abbey Quarter’ to come together to  build on these positives and position ourselves as one of the pre-eminent business locations in the south.  I urge colleagues in this historic area to engage with this valuable consultation and explore the possibilities the proposed ‘Abbey Quarter’ Commercial District can offer to business, workers and visitors."


Trine Oestergaard, Managing Director, House of Fisher

trine2“I am convinced a positive response in the Abbey Quarter to the proposed Commercial District will offer significant benefits over the coming years to our key stakeholders, guests and staff. As a company, House of Fisher operate 100 serviced apartments in Reading, occupied by a blend of leisure and business travellers, and the benefits of the area will appeal to both. Likewise, businesses in the ‘Abbey Quarter’ I’m sure can look forward to public realm improvements, place marketing, extra security, renewal of the Reading unique waterways, events, staff quality of life initiatives and many other benefits that we will be creating.”






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