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Reading 2030

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Wednesday, 02nd March | 9:00 am - 12:30 pm    
Royal Berkshire Conference Centre

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Event Overview

Reading 2030 will celebrate growth and look to the Future.

Bringing the Reading and wider Thames Valley business community back together in person, this half-day conference will unveil development and business updates from some of the region's most important organisations, and discuss what the future is shaping up to look like for businesses, workplaces and day to day quality of life.

The Business Magazine will celebrate Reading and its business opportunities and will champion the strong regional economy. We will showcase the great services available in Reading, home to fast-growing companies in diverse sectors, from technology to professional services.

Progress with Crossrail, Elizabeth line set to open in 2022, the future of Heathrow and the rail spur to the airport from Reading; developments on open land south of the M4; the redevelopment of the Reading town-centre area opposite the station; the new business parks- all are encouraging signs of continued growth in the region.

The Reading 2030 conference is a celebration of Reading's position of being second only to London in economic contribution per worker in the UK and in the number of businesses per capita, as well as being the best place to start a business in the UK*.

With a senior audience of company directors, business owners, professionals and support agencies across the Thames Valley, there will be ample time for peer-to-peer networking and discussion.

For more information on the event, contact our events team.

Tickets are free for this event

Conference speakers

The event will see Becky Coffin, director of Sustainability & Communities at Heathrow Airport discuss how the international hub plans to work with local businesses and communities to drive forward its green-focused future strategy.

The opening of the Elizabeth line later this year will open a wealth of economic opportunity for the Thames Valley providing faster links to central London through the connection of Reading Station to the Elizabeth Line.

Crossrail concession manager at Transport for London, Daniel Gierhart, will talk about how the project will support business, communities and urban regeneration in the town.

With how and where we work reshaped by the pandemic, head of design at Morgan Lovell, Adrian Norman, will talk about how employers can make their offices a destination that their employees will want to spend time in.

Stantec's director of transport and infrastructure, Scott Witchalls, will talk about the importance of community in designing the places that we live and work and the challenges of designing for a more sustainable future.

Managing director of Westcoast Alex Tatham will talk about the skills challenges facing businesses in the Thames Valley and how, as the largest privately owned company in the region, it is working with key partners to address the problem.

Head of Savills Reading Office, Phil Brown, will look at opportunities for the property industry in Reading and the Thames Valley during 2022 and beyond, and discuss ways in which the industry is responding to climate change and embracing Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG).

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