the business community
partnership for Reading

About Us

What is Connect Reading - and what do we do?

Connect Reading is the business community partnership for Reading. We are a registered charity and membership organisation that helps businesses based in Reading meet their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and employee engagement objectives, and to get involved with community projects and initiatives

We have an innovative, cross-sector approach to finding and brokering in-kind support (rather than fundraising), and provide businesses with insight into local priorities with personalised advice, information and guidance on ways they can help their community. 

We also work closely with local charities and voluntary organisations to understand the true needs of the community; create innovative ways that business and their employees can get involved; identify projects that need or want business support - whether that is time, resources or skills - and to match them with the appropriate business.

How do we work?

We offer a bespoke approach for each of our business members, working with those who own CSR within their organisations, or who simply have a personal passion to get involved. This can mean working with anyone from senior partners to Facilities Management, HR, Marketing & Communications, or Internal Sustainability teams to ensure that we understand your needs and fulfil them. 

What are we involved with?

Connect Reading is a well-respected organisation within the town, and is a key member of various local strategic groups and entities:

·         Member of the Local Strategic Partnership Board, and Reading’s Troubled Families Board
·         Organiser of Pride of Reading Awards
·         Member of project team for Reading-on-Thames River festival
·         Judge for Reading Cultural Awards

Who are we?

Our Patron - Sir John Madejski

Sir John Madejski was founder of the magazine which became Auto Trader, and has been chairman of Reading F.C., Chancellor of the University of Reading and Deputy Lieutenant of Berkshire. Knighted in 2009, Sir John Madejski's reputation is iconic in Reading as a result of his philanthropic investments in academia, education and the arts.  

Connect Reading is managed by Kirsti Wilson

Our Board:
Chairman - David Turner
Vicky Bland - MLL Telecom
Martijn Gilbert - Reading Transport
Supt. Stan Gilmour -Thames Valley Police
Tracey Rawling-Church - Kyocera Document Solutions
Hilary Scott - Journalist, PR and event manager
Chris Wooley - Moore Stephens
- Sally Swift (observer)

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