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Merry Christmas!!!

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...

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Reading Twilight Trail

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...

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Christmas Gift Guide 2020

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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Happy Hump Day!

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?...

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Magnificent Monday

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...

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Henna Art by Lalaa

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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Chapter: Caversham’s Coffee and Cocktail Bar

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...

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Cocolico Patisserie

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...

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Indie Shops Re-Opening

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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New Business: Nic’s Bakery

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...

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Reading Fringe Festival Returns!

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...

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Meet Waggtail Walkies

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....

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