Reading is buzzing right now and it’s easy to see why. Whether you’re looking at the latest reports from property experts Savills and Knight Frank or reading the annual health of the economy report from PWC/Demos, you’ll see that Reading is ticking all the boxes for residents and businesses alike. Strong growth following the pandemic, an exciting social scene, many leisure amenities and plenty of prime commercial space are just some of the key reasons why more companies are choosing to invest in and relocate to Reading. Recent developments and a focus on infrastructure have helped make Reading a well-connected and easily accessible centre for living and working. The arrival of the Elizabeth Line, which puts Reading and Central London within one hour of each other, has clearly delivered many of the highly anticipated benefits. The promise of the line drove high levels of commercial space uptake when other centres were on the decrease. However, the real draw has to be the holistic mix Reading offers for dynamic companies looking for new space, expansion opportunities and a highly skilled economy.
Reading has long been a successful centre for business, largely due to its location. Sitting at the heart of the Thames Valley, surrounded by major business parks and with easy access to motorway and airport connections, it’s clear why many household names and blue chips have chosen the area for their UK, or even global, base. But even with such a strong pedigree, the last few years have seen Reading grow in prominence and attract more than its fair share of new occupiers. And with good reason, particularly as the town has much to offer both established and new businesses.
As a landmark building and centrally located, The Blade is one of the most desirable business addresses in the Thames Valley. We’re proud custodians of the building and love the rich and diverse range of companies that call it home. But it’s not something we take for granted. Earning and maintaining a top spot in a highly competitive market takes work and the people best placed to determine whether we’re still pushing all the right buttons are our occupiers. So, we’re pleased to share the first insights from our 2023 occupier survey.