You can’t beat local.
That’s why, amongst today’s challenges, we want to help promote our local community so you can not only support Reading’s independent businesses, but also gain from fantastic products and top-notch services.
We’re all neighbours. Grounded here for over 180 years, we’re proud to call ourselves Reading’s largest independent estate agency. Our employees not only work, but also live in the town and its surrounding villages; that’s how we’ve developed a fantastic knowledge base of the best businesses in Reading.
Like many here at Haslams, I’ve lived in the area for a long time and so I’ve come to know the local community and the hotspots where you can enjoy the very best of Reading.
Mike Shearn, COO
Some of the area’s best kept secrets are the small and independent businesses, whose owners and employees share our passion for quality products and services.
We will therefore shortly be launching our “Love Local” page. Here, our staff members will be sharing their favourite local finds from authentic restaurants, to trendy hairdressers, lively rugby clubs and everything in between.
So next time you need something, why not use our guide and pop into an independent business near you?
Unable to leave your home? Don’t fret, you can show your support for local businesses from the comforts of your sofa.
1. Pick up your phone
Next time you’re scrolling through social media, give your local businesses a follow, like, comment, share… it’ll be greatly appreciated and you may find out they have even more to offer!
2. Google them
Help boost the profile of your local business by leaving reviews for new customers to see. It’ll look great to anyone who gives them a Google!
3. Talk about them
Word-of-mouth is incredibly important to small businesses, it’s how they get their name out there.
4. Start the conversation
From signing up to newsletters, to picking up the phone, or even browsing products and services on their website; it’ll all help.
5. Buy a gift card
Most businesses offer the option to purchase a gift card that you could use at a later date – that way their business continues to receive income and you can look forward to benefiting from their products in the future.