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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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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...

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...


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