The fastest-growing town in the country, the entrepreneurial centre of the region, Reading is firmly in the spotlight in 2018.

With the Elizabeth Line (formerly Crossrail) on its way, and major redevelopment of the town-centre, Reading – a city in all but name – is set fair for an exciting five years or more of growth.

Reading Number 1 City is The Business Magazine’s special supplement on the development and success of the conurbation – home to fast-growing companies in sectors from technology to professional services.

Reading comes top, or near the top, in numerous surveys – based on economic and lifestyle factors. It regularly outperforms other business centres across the country, with employment growth and GDP well above the average.

To celebrate Reading and its business opportunities, our special supplement was published as part of our July/August summer edition.

The Focus is an ideal platform for businesses to champion the strong economy and great services available in Reading.

Seminar celebrates number 1 ranking

A seminar to celebrate Reading’s ranking as the most successful economic city in the UK attracted 100 people to the Madejski Stadium for a business breakfast seminar staged by The Business Magazine.

The Reading Number 1 City seminar complemented the publication of a special supplement highlighting some of the major developments happening in the greater Reading area.

Richard Yorke, director, analytics of CoStar, provided an insight into the state of the Reading market, analysing why the ‘city’ was at the top of its league table of cities across the UK.

Derek Ching, partner at law firm Boyes Turner, called for more flexibility from planners to ensure that Reading makes the best of the opportunities that are arising as the ‘city’ grows.

Chris Allen, head of workplace consulting at Morgan Lovell, spoke about the changing nature of work and how work-life is now the culture adopted by forward-thinking businesses.

Katrina Larkin, co-founder of Fora, outlined her company’s plans to open a new co-working centre in Thames Tower, Reading.

And Scott Witchalls, partner at Peter Brett Associates, made an impassioned presentation about how Reading was already on the world stage but would have even more of a global reputation once the Royal Elm Park convention centre was built.

CoStar presented awards to four top commercial property agents – Lambert Smith Hampton, Campbell Gordon, Sharps and Haslams.

Full story to follow.

Reading is one of the top two highest-performing cities in the UK
PwC Good Growth Index
Reading is forecast to be one of the fastest-growing cities over the next three years
EY report, UK region & City Economic Forecast
Reading is 2nd to London in the Prosperity City Index 2017
Barclays UK Prosperity Map