If you’re thinking of starting a business in Reading or you’re already the owner of a business in the area, then you’ve made a good choice. In terms of size, Birmingham might be the second biggest city outside London and Leeds might have the largest financial district, but Reading boasts one of the best economies anywhere in the country.
The big cities attract workers from all over the country, with people from Yorkshire making the journey to cities like London for work. Reading can boast the same kind of suction, with peak commuting times including 30,000 inward journeys. A high proportion of these workers are attracted by Reading’s IT credentials. This makes a Reading Web Design company the best choice for your website needs.
Some of the global companies that have set up in Reading include giants like Fujitsu, Microsoft, Oracle, Hewlett-Packard, Intel and Verizon. As far as IT goes, Reading is second only to London. As well as IT, financial services draw many employees into the town. Accounting companies like PwC, Ernst & Young, Deloitte and KPMG have a presence in the town, as well as offices for Holiday Inn and PepsiCo.
Thanks to the presence of such large global corporations, employment in the Berkshire town is among the safest and most secure in the country. There appears to be no slowing down in the growth of the IT sector, with steady increases in job creation as opposed to the national trend of job cutting.
Reading ranks second only to London for productivity and boasts the fifth best qualified workforce in the UK. Half of the population are educated to NVQ level 4 or higher. A highly skilled workforce attracts higher wages too, and the town has the 4th highest average weekly wage in the country.
The quality of life in the town is also something to be proud of as Reading was voted the 8th best micro city in Europe for its quality of life, based on income, workforce and health statistics. Thanks to its ideal location, not too far from London, Reading enjoys all the benefits associated with city living but without any of the negative aspects. It remains an attractive place to live with 800 listed buildings, two ancient monuments, five parks/gardens of historic interest and fifteen conservation spaces.
All of the above information makes Reading the perfect location for establishing or expanding your business. With close proximity to the capital, highly skilled workforce and pleasant surroundings of gardens and parks, what more could you ask for?