the business community
partnership for Reading


Working with you - to connect people and projects

Connect Reading is a registered charity and membership organisation that works in partnership with businesses, the public and voluntary sectors to make a difference to the local community.

Put most simply, we work to connect people and projects.

It is our role to help businesses to engage in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), and community investment projects, to ensure local support for local need. 

We work predominantly in the Greater Reading area, and since our launch in 2003, we have brokered over £1,750,000 in-kind support for the community.

Our members come from a variety of sectors and include businesses such as: Brand786, Bottomline Technologies, Broad Street Mall, CBS Office Interiors, Green Park, Hilton, Kyocera Document Solutions, Novotel, Olswang, Oracle Corporation, PepsiCo, QuintilesIMS, Reading Transport, Thames Water, The Oracle, and Wipro.

Some of the high-profile projects that we organise include:

  • The Pride of Reading Awards
  • The Giving Tree at Christmas
  • Connect Well donations to the elderly and the homeless
  • Reading RESCUE - the bi-annual environmental clean-up event.

Our membership benefits include project brokerage, group volunteering days (team challenges) and skilled volunteering opportunities, and the management of donated redundant resources - such as office equipment and laptops - to local charities and schools.

We also provide opportunities for our membership network to meet and network throughout the year at our Forums and provide a monthly newsletter with a round up of the latest news, projects and opportunities coming out of Reading.
We'd love to hear from you - contact us today to see how we could help your business connect:

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Phone - 0118 912 3695

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What our members say about us...

“Partnering with Connect Reading helps us deliver our community engagement strategy in an efficient way with maximum local impact.” 

Kyocera Document Solutions


"It has been a real help to use Connect Reading as the eyes of the community and to tell us what the needs of the community are so that we know we are providing our services in the right place." 

Hilton Reading


"I would absolutely recommend Connect Reading; the organisation from start to finish was again extremely good. Our relationship manager, was superb all the way out liaising between us and the project volunteers and also in organising the photo opportunity and press release afterwards. It ran completely smoothly from start to finish so we are looking forward to doing the next one." 



"Connect Reading has facilitated what we have done in regards to supporting local charities and it has helped us think in that way. It has given us the roots to doing what we are doing now. Our engagement with Connect Reading has meant that we can do this furniture re-use scheme which has put us in touch with local charities that will benefit. If we did not have that root network then we would not necessarily be doing that. So I think it has definitely made us think slightly different. It is more than just a certificate on the wall; it has got more meaning and depth."

Active FM 

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