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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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Merry Christmas!!!

Twas the night before Christmas, when all all through the town, the heroes were working, never letting us down. This Christmas I would like to say a huge IR thank you to everyone who has contributed to making this town a wonderful place to live, despite the challenges...

Reading Twilight Trail

Hello again, I bring more festively themed words to you today! Last week we had the gift guide, this week we have something wonderful to do with the family this Christmas. The Twilight Trail will take place at Forbury Gardens from 8th December 2020 until 3rd January...

Christmas Gift Guide 2020

(Sings) "Sleigh bells ring, are you listening?" Too soon? Ok, maybe it's a little early for Christmas songs for some people but it's definitely not too early to start thinking about how we can support our local businesses this Christmas. Within this post you will find...

Happy Hump Day!

Well hello again! How was your coffee on Monday? Did you love it? I bet you did! By this point in the week you're probably feeling a bit like a caged animal, what with working from home and you know, living there too. Why not break it up a bit with a change of scene?...

Magnificent Monday

Good morning and welcome to a brand new week! This week on IR, we'll be looking at how you can shake up your week to break the working-from-home monotony that so many of us are in the midst of. The good news is, we still have heaps of wonderful indie businesses ready...

Henna Art by Lalaa

Good morning everyone! Today I'd like to introduce you to one of the many sole-trader businesses that we have in Reading. I spotted Henna Art by Lalaa on Instagram and loved Zara's work so much that I asked if I could feature her on the IR blog. Luckily she said yes!...


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