Reading for Business Visitors


Reading is a thriving business hub, rated the UK’s number 1 city for economic success and well-being and Europe’s 10th most attractive location for foreign direct investment.

Only 25 minutes from London by train, Reading is home to some of the world’s most famous companies such as Microsoft, Oracle Corporation, BG Group, Verizon Business and Symantec and is a hub for companies in finance, legal, ITC, bio pharma, retail, transport and logistics, green technologies, energy and bio tech as well as other sectors.

Reading’s transport system and hotel sector is well set up to cater for business visitors and Reading has a wealth of restaurants, cafes and leisure activities for business entertaining or relaxation at the end of the working day.



Reading is 25 minutes by train from London and is one of the key station hubs for the UK with direct access to key locations north, south, east and west. 

Heathrow Airport is 40 minutes by direct Rail Air coach and there is a direct train service to Gatwick Airport. Reading is 2 miles from the M4 motorway with direct road links into London, the west and Wales. The A33 and A34 serve the north / south axis. Reading has two Park and Ride sites located easily accessible from the M4 junctions

Reading station is in the heart of the town centre. Once here, everything in the town centre is a short walk away.  There are direct bus links from the station to key areas in Reading such as the University of Reading and the business parks.

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Meeting space and serviced offices

There are a number of serviced offices in the town centre providing venues for meetings and temporary office space. QV Offices, for example, provide offices for 1 - 14 people on a flexible basis including high speed secure internet connections. Regus have serviced offices in Reading town centre as well as on Reading’s business parks. Town centre hotels have flexible meeting rooms and the University of Reading also offers a meetings and events service.


Reading has over 3400 hotel rooms ranging from town centre business hotels, such as Novotel Reading, Forbury Hotel or Penta as well as hotels close to the business parks at IQ Winnersh, such as the Holiday Inn and the Hilton close to Green Park. Find a hotel


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From quick bites at lunchtime to fine dining in the evening, Reading has a wide variety of restaurants and cafes. Why not enjoy riverside dining in the Oracle Centre, Asian cuisine by Jackson’s Corner in the town centre or quality hotel dining. You can eat your way around the world in Reading. Check out the alternatives




Internet access

Looking for Wifi, Reading’s cafes and transport system offer lots of opportunities or check out the wifi hotspots.

Things to do

If you are here for a few days or over a weekend, Reading is home to Championship football,Premiership Rugby, music and theatre venues as well as lovely walks along the Thames or the surrounding countryside.


Reading is one of the premier shopping locations outside London, offering some of the largest and best department stores outside the capital, top brands and chic shopping in the Oracle shopping centre and on Broad Street, as well as a mix of famous UK high street names and smaller independent retailers.

Investment in Reading

Reading’s new railway station is almost complete following an £800 million investment and there is considerable office and residential development in the town centre and on the business parks. With high demand, Reading is one of the key locations outside London attracting investment and company relocation.


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