Reading Economic Forum 2019

14 November, 6PM 

Reading Town Hall

Can Reading fulfill its potential as a city that not only hosts green tech companies but embodies green technology through its own development? How can we develop innovation centres? How do we integrate the University's research expertise into the city centre? How do we fulfill our role as the digital tech hub of the UK?




Join Reading UK at this year's Reading Economic Forum to  engage in the debate. Reading UK’s 2019 business forum will be tackling the issue of whether Reading can be a city that embodies green technology throughout its own development?

The annual forum, which takes place at Reading Town Hall on Thursday 14 November, is free for businesses in the Greater Reading area to attend. It is a great networking opportunity and always provides stimulating presentations on topical issues. 

This year, in keeping with one of the key themes of the developing Reading’s 2050 Vision, the Forum will assess Reading’s progress towards a ‘City of Green Tech’ and consider what steps still need to be taken in order to deliver on its potential. How do we integrate the University of Reading as an incubator of research and innovation across industry into the city centre? How do we deliver centres of innovation available to start ups?  How do we fulfil our role as the digital tech hub of the UK? 

Speakers at the event include Jo Stevens - Managing Director of Oxford Innovation who will be speaking about the conditions necessary to provide innovation spaces; Professor Lorraine Farrelly and Professor Flora Samuel from the School of Architecture at the University of Reading presenting the potential of an urban room as a link between Reading, the University and Thames Valley Science Park. Reading UK will also reflect on progress being made against the Reading 2050 Vision.  There will also be a Q&A session and drinks reception.

Nigel Horton-Baker, Executive Director Reading UK, said: “Reading is making great strides towards its 2050 Vision but we need to be working harder to provide space to foster innovation and research. This year’s economic forum will look at some of the key themes in delivering against the ambition to be a leading tech city of the future.”

Reading Town Hall, Blagrave St, Reading RG1 1QH.

Thursday 14 November, 6:00 PM


Jo Stevens - Managing Director, Oxford Innovation

'Why Reading needs more Innovation and Incubation Spaces? And how do we make that happen?

Professor Lorraine Farrelly - Head of School of Architecture, University of Reading & Professor Flora Samuel, University of Reading

'An Urban Room for Reading'

Adam Jacobs & Nigel Horton-Baker - Chair and Executive Director, Reading UK


Q&A panel

  • Jo Stevens, Managing Director, Oxford Innovation
  • Professor Lorraine Farrelly, Head of School of Architecture, University of Reading 
  • Simon Jeffrey, Policy Officer, Centre for Cities
  • Fiona Hornsby, Director, PwC
  • Chair - Nigel Horton-Baker, Executive Director, Reading U

More about the speakers and panel>>>

Networking and drinks reception

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