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EY moves to new 'hybrid first' offices in Reading

By Harry Whittle
28 April 2022

EY Reading has moved to new offices, which have been designed to facilitate the firm’s transition to a hybrid working model by providing a modern, collaborative and tech enabled office environment for its people and clients.

The new office at R+ Reading on Blagrave Street is home to over 750 people and maintains the firm’s location in the heart of the town, in close proximity to key transport links.

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EY’s office is located across two floors of the building and features a range of workstations, team areas and informal seating which are designed to maximise opportunities for collaboration and networking.

The office also benefits from interactive meeting rooms with enhanced video conferencing facilities, as well as a multi-faith room, social spaces, and large communal eating areas.

Last year, EY confirmed that it would be transitioning to a hybrid working model in the UK, enabling individuals to split their time between the office, client sites, or working from home. This builds on the firm’s long-standing culture of flexible working, which had been in place for many years prior to the pandemic.

Richard Baker, Office Managing Partner at EY in Reading, said: “I’m delighted that we’ve moved into our new offices – providing our people with the opportunity to work in a modern, tech-enabled environment, where teams can come together to collaborate more effectively.

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“EY has always worked flexibly, but a move to hybrid working and a focus on how we use our office space, will involve a shift in behaviours for all our people. The move will be an opportunity to learn about the most efficient and effective way to work in our new environment, adapting to how we do business by using technology, virtual, and in person interactions. The Reading office is the first of its kind for EY, so we will be setting the benchmark and providing a learning opportunity for others to follow.

“This is a really exciting time for EY Reading. In the last 12 months we have acquired Lane4 and Pythagoras, boosting our Consulting team across the Thames Valley and South. We’ve also continued to invest in early-stage talent, through our graduate and apprenticeship programmes. Alongside our move to new offices, these investments will further strengthen our presence in the region to meet the needs of our clients and colleagues.” 

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