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SHOWCASING THE BEST INDEPENDENT BUSINESSES IN READING

Independent Reading was started in 2017 to help draw people to local businesses in the Reading area.

Many people believe Reading is a “generic” town which lacks personality but that is simply not true.

Our wonderful, independent businesses make Reading a brilliant town in which to live and work and it’s Independent Reading’s mission to help promote these businesses to the wider community.

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TAKE A LOOK AT OUR RECENT BLOG POSTS

TimeTrap Escape Rooms

Welcome to the second in the IR "A Day in the Life Of..." series; today we learn more about the team behind Time Trap Escape Rooms and what it takes to run such an exciting business. Katie and Andrew, the brains behind TimeTrap Say hello to Katie and Andrew, the...

Crunch Comics: Free Comic Book Day

In case you've missed the hype on social media, this Saturday, 4th May (AKA Star Wars Day) is Free Comic Book Day (FCBD). This is a worldwide event which holds a special place in the comic calendar. The absolutely, wonderfully, stonking-good news is that our very own...

Crumb’s the Word

Welcome to IR's spring “A Day in the Life Of…” series. The first, fabulous entrepreneur that we’ll be spending a day in the life of is Lissy from Crumb’s the Word bakery. You may remember Crumb’s the Word from the IR Christmas gift guide but if not, they operate a...

A Day in the Life of…

Hello, hello! Just a brief note from IR today to introduce you to our spring series of blog posts, "A Day in the Life of...". Over the next few weeks, you'll meet some wonderful local business owners and learn more about what it takes to run your own business. A lot...

The Forensic Experience

Have you ever watched a crime drama on TV and had a moment when you imagine that you have the potential to be the ultimate detective and solve crimes instantly? (Don't pretend you haven't...) Well, IR has found the perfect experience for you and it's right here in...

Food Shopping

Well hello there, lovely people. You were promised some more exciting content than you're used to from the IR website and here it is!One of the challenges a lot of people face when trying to support independent businesses is how they're going to manage their food...

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