Reading is one of the south east's largest towns and an important commercial hub with many multinationals choosing Reading for their European headquarters. Only 25 minutes from London by train, with trains running every five minutes or so, Reading is home to many of the city's commuters. Reading also has easy links by road or rail to Swindon, Oxford, Basingstoke, Heathrow and farther afield. Beyond the hive of commercial activity, Reading is nestled in the heart of Royal Berkshire offering beautiful riverside walks on the Thames and tow path ambles on the Kennet and Avon canals and with the nearby Berkshire Downs and Chilterns, beautiful countryside is never far away.
A little bit of history
Reading's history dates back to the eighth century, when its position on two rivers made it an ideal location for a market. The town later became famous for the 3Bs; Beer (Simonds Brewery), Bulbs (Sutton Seeds) and Biscuits (Huntley and Palmers). These businesses are no longer here today, but have been replaced by heavy-weight businesses such as BG, Microsoft, Oracle, Foster Wheeler, Jacobs and ING, with other renowned organizations such as Dell, HP, Waitrose making Reading's outskirts their home.
Need to know
The diversity of Reading makes it a great place to live and work which with an increasing workforce of well-paid contractors particularly in the IT and Telecom sectors and large student population, offering an ideal opportunity to invest in rental property at both ends of the market.
A recent (2013) Price Waterhouse Coopers report entitled, 'Good Growth for Cities' placed Reading top. This is supported by the Telegraph's study in 2014, entitled, 'The Top Places to Live in England & Wales' with Reading coming an impressive twelfth with neighbouring Wokingham second.
Reading offers a rich mix of shops and markets. In the heart of the town, The Oracle combines chic boutiques with department stores such as Debenhams and House of Fraser and within a minute's walk there are many high-street favourites including John Lewis and Marks & Spencer. In the surrounding countryside you will also find farm shops and microbreweries selling an array of local produce.