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Reading and the Thames Valley awarded premier European business prize


International recognition has been bestowed upon the Thames Valley and Reading after both were recently named as top locations in Europe for business – beating a whole host of other regions across the continent.

The region as a whole managed to grab the title of ‘European Region of the future’ whilst Reading was named Europe’s top ‘Micro City for Infrastructure’ in the annual FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) awards which used a number of crucial benchmarks, including economic potential and quality of life, to determine the winners.

Analysts believe the success was achieved because of the highly skilled workforce readily available across the region and because major infrastructure projects, including the £884 million redevelopment of Reading National Rail station, haven’t been shelved during the economic downturn.

The hope for now is that the region will continue to strengthen its brand and become an even brighter beacon for organisations looking for a vibrant and business friendly hub in Europe.

For businesses looking to gain an immediate presence in the region, Abbey operate two serviced office business centres in Theale and Slough.

To find out more about the benefits of establishing a business in Reading and the Thames Valley, call Reena Potanah today on 0800 634 6346 or email