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How can we build a more sustainable economy for Reading?

A virtual roundtable brought to you by Reading UK and an expert panel from local organisations.


As our people and businesses continue to adapt to an ever-changing world, Reading UK is introducing Powered by People, a four-year partnership plan designed to recover and renew Reading’s economy and rebuild a better, stronger Reading, fit for the future. Over the next four years, it’ll work alongside the private, public and voluntary sectors to deliver an economic recovery and renewal strategy which focuses on three key areas:

– Inclusive Reading (supporting Reading’s labour force with skills and local business training)

– Smart Reading (ensuring green technology is at the heart of how we do business)

– Destination Reding (re-establishing Reading as a great place to live, work and do business)

As part of this launch, Reading UK is working with local organisations to debate key topics and stimulate debate within the community, encouraging questions and involvement from Reading residents and businesses. The first of these ‘virtual roundtables’ has been created to support the Reading Climate Change Festival and focuses on how we use the power of technology and strengths in our economy to recover and drive good economic growth that is sustainable and compatible with our objectives of reducing our carbon footprint.

The session is hosted by Scott Witchalls, Stantec, and co-hosted by Executive Director of Reading UK, Nigel Horton-Baker. They are joined by:

– Dr Susan Matos, Knowledge Transfer Centre Director, University of Reading

– Tracey Rawling Church, Co- Chair Reading Climate Change Partnership

– Richard Parker, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Altitude Angel

– Ben Burfoot, Sustainability Manager, Reading Borough Council


For more information on Reading’s Economic Recovery Strategy, please visit

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