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Crowe takes Thames Valley operations to larger Reading office

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Jeremy Cooper (centre), Reading office lead, with colleagues, from left - Jon Sheppard, Christine Dobson, Phil Smithyes and Tonya Fisher
18 June 2024
Jeremy Cooper (centre), Reading office lead, with colleagues, from left - Jon Sheppard, Christine Dobson, Phil Smithyes and Tonya Fisher

Recent growth at Crowe UK’s Thames Valley office has seen the accountancy firm relocate to Reading’s R+ building.

After boosting its headcount by almost two thirds over the last four years to 200 staff, the Reading team now occupies a 13,000 sq ft workspace on the fifth floor.

Working with the building’s developer, Oval, the firm has undergone a substantial fit-out programme to install new technology which encourages independent and collaborative working.

The office also includes large open workspaces and a 3,000 sq ft terrace area.

It’s fitted with roof-mounted solar panels, LED lighting, and draws energy from 100 per cent renewable sources.

Nigel Bostock, chief executive of Crowe, said: “Our strategic vision has seen the firm grow substantially over the last few years, spurring us to find an outstanding office space which supports our people and long-term business growth in Reading and the wider Thames Valley region.

“The combination of a highly educated talent pool, excellent transport connections and a strong, innovative economy – which has a diverse presence of finance, energy, technology, pharmaceutical companies – reflects our belief the town is great place for business and an economic powerhouse of the South East.”

Jeremy Cooper, managing partner at the Reading office, added:“We’re delighted on our relocation to the prestigious R+ building.

“This is an exciting move for Crowe and demonstrates our continued commitment in providing excellent support to our people and growing client base in the Thames Valley region and creates the best environment from which to drive our business forward for the future.

“Securing the large top floor creates a more spacious, sustainable and modern workspace allowing our people to thrive, collaborate and meet clients, while also being conveniently situated opposite the train station in heart of the town centre to support our hybrid working policies.”

The firm also employs more than 50 graduates and apprentices in its Thames Valley office as part of its Early Years recruitment and 10,000 Black Interns programme.


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Born and raised in Berkshire, Dan fell into journalism after completing his bachelor’s degree in English at UCL.

Writing for The Business Magazine and local Biz News sites has given him the opportunity to chat with all manner of small business owners and share their success stories with a wider audience.

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