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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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New Business: Nic’s Bakery

Hello again! In keeping with the theme of understanding the impact of lockdown on local businesses, this week we meet Nicola of Nic's Bakery. Nic's Bakery is a business that has only come to fruition during lockdown, proving that where there's a will, there really is...

Reading Fringe Festival Returns!

Good afternoon and what a sunny afternoon it is! I come bearing fantastic news for those who have not yet heard...Reading Fringe Festival 2020 will go ahead!!! The fantastic team behind Reading Fringe Festival have secured funding to proceed with a digital version of...

Meet Waggtail Walkies

I'm not going to go on about it because we all know the current state of the world and the restrictions that have been put in place in the UK. What I have done though is caught up with a few business owners to learn a bit more about what lockdown has meant for them....

Keep It Up!

Good afternoon fellow independent business supporters! Firstly, what a fantastic job the Reading community has been doing supporting our local indies during these challenging times. Many of them have had to significantly adapt their businesses to suit the current...

Indie Eats – March 2020!

In case you've not seen it on social media yet, the next Indie Eats event is scheduled for Thursday 26th March at the Castle Tap! Join us for some amazing food from four local traders and find your perfect beer pairing from the Castle Tap too! Let us know you're...

Wolseley St. Bakery

In case you haven't heard, there's a new bakery in town and it's been set up in such a way that it brings a taste of village life to our very own Reading. Meet Wolseley St. Bakery. Davy Bonte is the brains behind the operation and has over 20 years' experience in the...


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