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Reading is considered the capital of the Thames Valley and the commercial centre for the region. World leaders in finance, IT, global communications and a high concentration of FTSE 100 companies have their headquarters in the area.
As one of the largest towns in the south-east, Reading is a city in all but name. In its 2012 Cities Outlook, the Centre for Cities identified Reading as one to watch – a “small and nimble” city because of its continued increase in business start-ups and wage levels. The report is one of several published in recent years to have recognised Reading as being among the UK’s top ten economies.
The Thames Valley is also home to leading universities including Reading, Oxford, Oxford Brookes and Surrey.
For companies requiring high-end telecom connectivity to power technological developments and web-based applications, Reading town centre is an exceptional location.
Reading has been ranked the second best-performing city in the UK after Oxford in the Good Growth Index, 2014–16.
Source: PwC and Demos ‘Good Growth index’ November 2017