Monthly Archives: November 2011

No(vo) use to Reading

The puzzle over the how the blocky and ugly Novotel got planning permission is just one issue about this place. The fact it replaced a popular cinema building and a landmark pub is another. But a continuing annoyance is how … Continue reading

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Widening The Range

No text book on retailing will ever tell you to open a shop like The Range. Yet this traffic on at the TGI Friday’s roundabout in Caversham Road illustrates how the best business students can never match someone who just … Continue reading

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Choose Drews

Many of the people who talk up the need to keep using the independent retailers can be found cramming the car parks of B&Q, Tesco and PC World at weekends. The usual use ’em or lose ’em plea often falls … Continue reading

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Following the crowd

Caversham-based Paul Lindley, founder of Ella’s Kitchen, spoke recently of an area in Sweden called Solna where businesses of similar nature clustered. It meant other businesses which wanted to work with them were also attracted. He was speaking at the … Continue reading

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