Relocate your business

Reading is home to many of the world's top businesses, attracted to the town by its superb office space in the town centre and on business parks, excellent connectivity, skilled workforce and quality of life. 

An innovative business environment

In Reading, your business will be alongside 13 of the world’s top 30 brand global companies with strength in depth in finance, professional services, IT and the creative sector, pharma, energy and retail. Reading has a long history of attracting and supporting growing businesses from multinational HQs to tech start ups and we outperform most European cities in attracting investment (ranked in the top 25 in the fDI European Cities & Regions of the Future 2018/195)

Life choices: the best place to recruit and retain staff

Reading offers many of the benefits usually associated with large cities without the drawbacks. Reading is a vibrant, cosmopolitan town with a buoyant town centre. Employees appreciate its chic shopping, large selection of restaurants, theatre and music as well as premier sporting events. Reading is situated in beautiful Berkshire countryside. With considerable housing investment underway in the town and surrounding areas, relocating employees have a wide choice, from village or town-centre living to new homes across Berkshire and Hampshire.

Connectivity with key markets and transport gateways

Reading’s landmark central station is the gateway to London (under 30 minutes) and other UK and international markets. Recent electrification of the Mainline and the arrival of Crossrail in 2019 will only further improve Reading's competitiveness.  Dedicated bus services run to the business parks, University and beyond. Over 4000 hotel rooms, as well as high quality conferencing, cater to business visitors.

A skilled and educated workforce on the doorstep

Businesses based here can recruit from the UK’s fifth best qualified workforce with nearly 50% educated to Degree level or equivalent. Graduates make up more than a quarter of Reading’s population and our young people boast the best A level results in the country.Reading also has the highest employment rate in the UK.

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How Reading UK can help

Reading UK, the economic development company for Reading, will work with relocating businesses to support a smooth transition to Reading, addressing any local employment and training needs and facilitating engagement with the local authority and business networks.

Get in touch 

Sue Brackley, Economic Development Manager: tel - 0118 937 4340 / email - 




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