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

The independent scene in Reading continues to grow¬†and it’s Independent Reading’s mission to help promote these businesses to the wider community.

If you’re interested in writing for Independent Reading, please get in touch as we’re always open to collaborators.

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BlckSalt Studio

Guest post by Ally Hensley, Co-founder of BlckSalt Studio. As creatives with a passion for start-ups, Sapna Odlin and Ally Hensley joined forces to create BlckSalt Studio, a creative agency specialising in web development, photography and word magic. Meeting during...

Jacobs the Jewellers’ New Look

What a joy it has been to see so many of our local indies able to re-open after the tough months at the beginning of this year. Taking this re-opening to another level is long-standing independent, Jacobs the Jewellers who have undertaken a refurb during the down-time...

Back With a Few Changes

Hello everyone, what a fabulous day it is here in the 'Ding! For those of you who have followed and interacted with IR a lot in the past, you may have noticed a distinct lack of posts on the blog and on social media recently. Like many people, I found the last...

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...


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