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April 2017

Business Cafe feedback event

The second Reading Business Community Café event will provide feedback from the kick-off event looking at the types of crime affecting town centre businesses and a community approach to addressing these issues, especially begging.

The event is organised by Reading Town Centre Neighbourhood Policing Team to gain a fresh perspective on what the businesses in Reading felt were the main crime problems affecting their community and how they felt everyone could work better together to tackle these problems. The event will be held at St Laurence Church, 1A Friar Street, Reading on Wednesday 26 April 2017,14:30 – 16:00. Please RSVP to confirm your attendance or to ask any questions about the event by email.



reading IntelligenceFootfall
Footfall in the BID area this February was down 2.9% on the previous year.  Read the monthly footfall report on the BID website

Reading town centre property update

  • There are currently 205 available spaces within Reading core's 400+ buildings (inside the IDR) totalling around 700,000 sq ft or just over 11% of total commercial space
  • Average months on the market before leasing - 13.6 months
  • Lease deals since September 2016 - 27
  • Average rent relating to these deals - £28.72 per sq ft
  • Office leases include Austin Fraser signing to Thames Tower, Premier Group, Pharmacosmos and Work.Life taking space in The White Building
  • Retail leases include Wrap It in Duke Street, 7Bone Burger in St Mary Butts,Happy Pretzel in Market Place and Nisbets in Friar Street.

All the data is from CoStar - an independent third party data source.

Tech Nation
The most comprehensive study to date on the UK’s tech ecosystem reports the density of digital businesses in Reading is almost twice that of the nearest competitor. Read more>>>

Council Local Plan – next stage of consultation
The Council’s planning blueprint for Reading covers the period up to 2036 and will become the main consideration in deciding planning applications. The next stage of the consultation of the Local Plan is due to start in late April. It will include all major sites available for development across the borough. Read more>>>

2016 retail and leisure trends
LDC’s 2016 report on retail and leisure trends, includes openings/closures, national vacancy rates, top performing town centres. It is available here.


Town centre deep clean completes next week

reading TownThe contractor will complete the three week-long deep clean of the BID area in the next week. Working overnight, the deep clean includes Broad Street and all of the pedestrianised streets in the BID area, as well as a spruce up for Queen Victoria in Town Hall Square. The next deep clean will be scheduled for October.




reading eventsARENA 2017
Reading BID will be funding a second year of free arts and cultural events in the town centre as part of the BID's work to make the town centre more attractive to visitors. The events feature many of Reading’s most talented arts and cultural groups who will be delivering a programme of events across weekends in July and August with the majority taking place on Broad Street. Expect to see street carnival, film making, giant puppets and pavement art among the programme, which will be announced in April.

Eat Reading
This year's event will take place on 3 & 4 June with Reading restaurants and street food stalls bringing Broad Street alive. More>>>


Protect staff from terrorism

Project Griffin is an internationally acclaimed development tool for businesses to help protect their  staff and local communities from terrorism. An awareness day has been organised in Reading. It is free to attend and will last 3 hours. The following will be discussed: The terrorist threat; current terrorist tactics; firearms and weapons attacks; IED reporting and evacuation procedures; terrorist hostile reconnaissance.
Date/Time Wednesday 31 May 2017, 10am – 1pm at the Council Chamber, Reading Civic Centre, RG1 2LU Contact George Friel


Cardboard collections at Easter

Cardboard collections at Easter are unaffected by the public holidays and will take place as usual on Thursday 13 April. If your business doesn’t currently benefit from free cardboard collections, please sign up by contacting the BID Manager.


Enter the Reading Retail Awards

reading awardEntries are open for the 2017 Retail Awards. Retail businesses can nominate themselves in nine categories, including Promotional Initiative of the Year, sponsored by Reading UK CIC,  Independent Retailer of the Year and Multiple Retailer of the Year. There will also be four customer nominated categories including Café and Restaurant of the Year.  The deadline for nominations is 10 July.  Enter at


BID AGM and Social

This year's BID AGM will take place on Thursday 11 May at 3:30pm. It will be followed by a social event for all BID businesses. Details of venue tbc. All BID member businesses are invited to attend. If you know someone who would be interested, please ask them to get in contact through the BID Manager.


Advertise your business in Broad Street

Reading Borough Council have developed a range of cost effective outdoor advertising opportunities for Reading businesses in Broad Street. The 60 lamppost banner sites at the western end of Broad Street are available as advertising spaces for local businesses at competitive rates. Contact the BID Manager in the first instance for more information.


New CEO for Reading Borough Council

reading ceoReading Borough Council has appointed Peter Sloman as its new Chief Executive. He brings more than 30 years’ experience of local government to the role, including the last ten years as Chief Executive of Oxford City Council.

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Terry's Reading Walkabouts

Reading has new guided historical walks for visitors! Terry’s Reading Walkabouts are guided walking tours explaining Reading's beginnings, rivers and canals, the importance of Reading Abbey as well as featuring lots of town centre landmarks such as Forbury Gardens and Reading Gaol as well as key moments in Reading's history. These guided non-profit walks  cost £5 (adults) £2 (children 5+). A family ticket is £12. The walks take place in Reading Town centre and Reading / Thames / Caversham on most Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday mornings. Booking essential  07505351517 . If local businesses would like to support this initiative and display Terry’s leaflets in their premises, please contact Terry direct.


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