5 Reasons Why Reading, England is a Leading City for Business

By Tayler Gill, ISA Senior Site Specialist, England

If you’re a business major, studying abroad in Reading, England should be high on your list of places to consider. Not only is the University of Reading highly ranked and hold the prestigious triple accreditation for Business Schools (AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA), but the city itself is a business powerhouse.

Only a short 30-minute train ride from central London, Reading is home to 13 of the world’s top 30 brands including Verizon, Cisco, Prudential, Symantec, Mircrosoft, Oracle and LogicaCMG among others. The city believes their economic success is due to primarily doing business in IT, Investment, and Insurance.

1.)   The Good Growth for Cities 2014 report named Reading the best performing large economic area in the UK.

2.)   In the Centre for Cities’ City Monitor 2015 report, Reading was ranked #1 for productivity and fifth for best qualified workforce.

3.)   Reading has the fifth highest startup rate in the UK according to Centre for Cities.

4.)   According to the Tech Monitor Report in 2014, Reading is the UK’s #1 tech center, with one in five businesses classified as tech companies.

5.)   There are 150 languages spoken throughout the Borough, making Reading one of the most culturally diverse places for its size.

The City of Reading has earned these achievements and many more over the years.

Often overshadowed by it’s close neighbor, London, the city of Reading and the University of Reading provide an ideal setting to live and learn in a leading business environment.

Learn more about why Reading is the perfect location for business majors.


Author: International Studies Abroad (ISA)

Since 1987, International Studies Abroad (ISA) has provided college students in the United States and Canada the opportunity to explore the world. ISA offers a wide variety of study abroad programs at accredited schools and universities in 73 program locations throughout the world.

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