Category Archives: Business in Reading

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Shame to see Tiffany’s go

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Tiffany's at Broad Street Mall, Reading

Tiffany's at Broad Street Mall, Reading, is closing down. I will miss the beautiful dress displays!

There’s a real treasure inside the Broad Street Mall in Reading: Tiffany’s.

The shop is one of my favourites. When I used to work at Yell‘s Bridge Street office, I often cut through the mall to see which beautiful princess dresses twinkled in the window. They usually arrange them in colour themes, with the bright array of beaded purples being one of my particular favourites.

Unfortunately, their shop is closing on August 27. Read the rest of this entry

Yell and Microsoft: Good news for Reading, Berkshire and beyond!

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Lately Revellers I’ve spent far too much time planning my lovely wedding in Reading to spend much time blogging.

However you may have heard the good news from Yell Group, about the company’s plans to become a 75% digital company by 2015. (We are now 25% digital and 75% print). Read the rest of this entry

Weddings at the Crowne Plaza Hotel: Will ours be (one of) the next?

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Crowne Plaza Reading Hotel on the River KennetAs a wedding venue, the Crowne Plaza Reading has it all: a lovely piano, beautiful mahogany furnishings and a gorgeous view of the River Kennet and all those majestic swans.

It really does seem like the ideal Berkshire wedding venue… Which makes it all the more impressive that a couple can get excellent treatment and value with their Caversham Suite wedding package, costing just £2,011 on weekdays. Read the rest of this entry

How to survive a bridal shop sales day

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Reading rainbow through the fence

Did anyone else see the rainbow over Reading last Friday? I captured this shot after the wedding fayre at the Reading Irish Centre.

Brides and their would-be equivalents are crazy. This is true. We’ve all seen it on telly, in the films, and perhaps we’ve met one or two in real life.

I didn’t actually plan on being like that… It just sort of happened! (This morning, aye.) Read the rest of this entry

Berkshire brides: Don’t miss the wedding fayre at Reading Irish Centre!

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Wedding Fair at the Irish Centre in ReadingBrides and grooms in Reading… I have good news! There is a wedding fayre at the Reading Irish Centre on Thursday, 15th of June.

I’m so glad I just found it, even if it is just 23 hours away! (That’s better than being 23 hours in the past!)

There will be catwalks, cakes and craic, if we’re lucky!

You know, this won’t be the first wedding catwalk I’ve been to. Ah, there once was an exceptional day up in Edinburgh, at one of the fancy hotels on the Royal Mile. A few sips of bubbly and after the formal catwalk ended, I took to the stage and showed the stragglers how to really work it!

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Free wedding in Reading (Padworth, too)

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Holy Trinity Church in Theale

Holy Trinity Church in Theale

“I do.”

Those two little charms usually cue the chime of wedding bells. But this past Sunday, at Holiday Inn Reading West, one lucky bride-to-be dropped a different phrase as she walked down what will one day be her aisle: “Now we have to.” Read the rest of this entry

The circus is coming to (Reading) town!

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Circus in Reading

Circus in Reading

Lately, dare I admit it, I have gotten a wee tad fed up with things. One, it apparently takes up to 3 months to remove one’s details from The Smithsonian’s junk mail list. (Yay for the folk who keep their 19th Century mission as 19th Century as possible!) Two, slow walkers. (This is Iain’s contribution, and I agree!) We are fast-paced folk, we who dash along the Oxford Road, chasing after the wonderful priority that is daily stress!

Okay. Now that I have gotten all that nonsense out of my system, allow me to present some good news: Read the rest of this entry

Reading Retail Awards

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Revellers and shoppers take note: The Reading Retail Awards have returned!

Reading Retail Awards

Reading Retail Awards

Shop, enjoy, then nominate Berkshire’s best dining and shopping. Find out how here. Apparently you can even win 500 quid, according to various posters dotted about town. Read the rest of this entry

Yell, Day V Lately, and P is for Puffin, Page 474

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Puffins in Reading

Puffins in Reading

Recently, my employer — Yell Group — invited employees in Berkshire and across the UK to submit a response to the following question:

If you could yell for anything for one day, what would it be and why?

Reading-based Yell are continuing their Day V Lately advertising campaign, in which a DJ seeks out his one-hit wonder by way of the great Yell machine doing its thing.

This contest plays on that theme, in the sense that whomever wins the contest gets VIP entry to a 90s ‘pop up’ shop in London next Thursday. You can trade music at the shop — vinyl, CDs, whatever. There will be 90s music dance lessons and other general cheese, plus a free trip to London with hotel and food included. (Free food? I am easily motivated!)

I submitted my entry today. On behalf of puffins everywhere, I hope you enjoy: Read the rest of this entry