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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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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!...

Chapter: Caversham’s Coffee and Cocktail Bar

Good morning and what a glorious way to start the week, by introducing you to Chapter and the brilliant team behind it. If you aren't sure where to find Chapter, you'll find them on Prospect Street in Caversham, at the site that was previously Tipsy Bean. The...

Cocolico Patisserie

Hello again, friends! I recently caught up with the rather lovely Céline from Cocolico Patisserie; she specialises in plant-based French Patisserie, so please read on to learn more. Céline Céline arrived in the UK in 2016, following a prestigious career as a pastry...

Indie Shops Re-Opening

Hello again, folks! As you're no doubt aware, "non-essential" retailers have been given the green light to re-open their shops from Monday 15th June. Not all shops are opening on that date and not all will be open for the entirety of their pre-lockdown hours. Below...


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