Local services in Reading
Reading is a thriving business hub, rated the UK’s number 1 city for economic success and well-being and Europe’s 10th most attractive location for foreign direct investment.
Only 25 minutes from London by train, Reading is home to some of the world’s most famous companies such as Microsoft, Oracle Corporation, BG Group, Verizon Business and Symantec and is a hub for companies in finance, legal, ITC, bio pharma, retail, transport and logistics, green technologies, energy and bio tech as well as other sectors.
With a population of around 235,000, Reading itself is big enough to offer a wide range of shops, restaurants, sports venues and bars, but is still easy to navigate as you settle in. The town has a proud history of welcoming people from across the globe, and international students often comment on the warm atmosphere and multicultural vibe found here.
The Reading Festival is known around the world, and attracts over 87,000 music fans each year. But it's not the only festival in town. Reading hosts jazz, real ale, comedy and even comedy-writing festivals throughout the year, too.
There are many ways that you can access local health services. It’s important that you choose the right one to ensure you get the right care, in the right place, first time. This section provides information about how to access the different types of NHS advice, support and treatment available to you. This area also identifies some of our key service providers.