New Chairs announced for Reading UK CIC and Reading BID

Reading UK CIC is delighted to announce two new senior appointments;  Adam Jacobs has been appointed as the new Chair of Reading UK CIC and Graham Mountford will be taking up the post of Chair of Reading Business Improvement District (BID) .

AdamJacobs webAdam Jacobs was elected by the Board members of Reading UK CIC at its recent Boardmeeting and will take over the role previously held by Steve Belam, former General Manager of The Oracle Centre. Adam has served on the Board of Reading UK CIC for three years in his capacity as Chair of Reading Business Improvemnt District (BID).

As Chair of the BID since 2013, he oversaw the successful renewal of Reading BID (2014) and the implementation of a new business plans ( 2014-19), which has unlocked an nnual investment of £500,000 in Reading town centre. Adam is the owner of Jacobs the Jewellers, an award-winning, independent jewellers based in Kings Street in Reading town centre.

Adam said: “I am very proud to be taking on the Chair of Reading UK CIC at a really exciting time for the town. Reading is in the midst of a period of major development and a resurgence in arts and culture which are re-shaping the look and feel of our town centre. Managing  this change, driving the economy and ensuring that everyone benefits from Reading’s success are top of Reading UK CIC’s agenda. I look forward to working with the CIC Board, business, the local authority and a wide range of organisations to create a stronger Reading economy and grow opportunity for all.”

Graham Mountford Profile pic 2Graham Mountford, General Manager of Broad Street Mall, has been appointed Chair of Reading BID, following Adam’s election as Chair of Reading UK CIC. Graham has been on the BID Committee for the last two years and was previously Deputy Chair as well as a Board member of Reading UK CIC.

Graham said: “I am delighted and honoured to be given this opportunity as we prepare for the BID renewal in just over two years’ time.  Adam Jacobs has done a superb job to move the BID forward and we wish him well in his new role at Reading UK CIC. The Broad Street Mall has, like Jacobs the Jewellers, been at the heart of the business community for many years and especially since the BID started 10 years ago. Adam will be a hard act to follow but along with the BID team we are committed to the challenge of bringing continued success to Reading town centre in general and the BID area in particular.


Nigel Howe, Chief Executive of Reading Football Club and Paul House of Trinity Mirror have also joined the Board of Reading UK CIC.

Reading UK CIC is the economic development and marketing body for Reading. As well as managing Reading Business Improvement, Reading UK CIC works to attract inward investment into Reading and develop the skills in the local economy to support business growth and provide opportunity for all. In 2016, Reading UK CIC has taken a leading role in Reading’s Year of Culture to support Reading’s cultural organisations and to shape perceptions of Reading as a great place to live, work and do business.

The Board of Reading UK CIC comprises representatives from business, education, the property sector, media and Reading Borough Council. The organisation is led by Nigel Horton-Baker as Executive Director under direction from the Board.




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