Hi I’m Chris, I joined Grant Thornton around two years ago as a school leaver in what is now the Reading IQ or Winnersh Office. Reading IQ is part of the Thames Valley unit with the Oxford office.
The Reading IQ office is part of the Winnersh IQ Business Park which is located just outside Reading off Junction 10 on the M4 and is home to approximately 80 staff members over 3 main departments ? GCOS (Global Coordination and Outsourcing Solutions), Audit and Tax. The office itself is a new build so everything is very new and shiny! There’s even a pool table which gets frequent use in lunches and breaks, and in the pipeline there’s even a hint of a tournament brewing!
Although the office is situated on a business park, there is still a good choice for food. There’s a WH Smith and a restaurant or cafe directly opposite which serves the standard sandwiches as well as doing a range of hot foods which change daily. There’s also a Holiday Inn with a large bar inside which is often used for Friday drinks given by the partners or managers for a job well done or rather just surviving the week!
Overall the social aspect of the office is very good. As discussed often everyone goes for Friday drinks after work at the Holiday Inn or to a nearby pub, a 5 minute drive away, on a Friday for a pub lunch. We also get cakes on a Friday bought by the office as a treat to all staff and get to dress down too – basically Fridays are the best and most indulgent days to be in the office!
There are also various sports socials that go on. Historically staff have met up on a Tuesday at a sports centre to play badminton, but there is also weekly football played amongst staff on the weekend, with some games against other companies arranged for the midweek. Recently a squash league has also started, so there is always something you can do if you want to get involved.
We have a real range of clients in the office ranging from medium to large stock based companies all the way through to sports based entities and even some charities. Most of our clients however are small to medium entities in the computing industry and the majority are based as you would imagine in the Thames Valley region, but we do have a fair amount of clients based in and around London too. So in conclusion the mix of clients is great for a bit of variety!
Overall, Reading IQ is an incredibly dynamic office with engaged, friendly and enthusiastic staff which can offer you numerous opportunities to develop and diversify your skills to become an overall great business advisor.