How connections benefit your business

Businesses gain access to our popular campaigns (The Giving Tree, and Summer Appeal), amazing services  (Reading RESCUE, Resource Xchange), free Team Challenges and curated volunteering opportunities, plus regular cross-sector networking and learning events! Many businesses have also gained contracts, and recognition, through our network. So why not join in?

Make a social impact!

We serve over 150 members from the business, non-profit, education and public sectors. Our unique cross-sector model connects organisations for mutual benefit.

When your business joins the network, you and your colleagues gain access to our regular events, free team challenge days, flagship campaigns and incredible ESG-boosting services. Join the Connect Reading network to help build a better Reading for everyone.

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Why become a member?

Bi-monthly member networking

Easily create and track social value

Locally focused ESG guidance

Promote your business and brand

Donate redundant resources, reducing carbon emissions

Participate in our projects and sponsorship opportunities

Free access to our learning & networking events for staff

Free team challenges & staff volunteering opportunities

Unique partnerships for your benefit

Deals and discounts…

Unique 25% off our expert social value consultancy

Free first staff wellbeing questionnaire through the KAYA platform.

Unique discount on room bookings (6 person meeting rooms)

Ad hoc free training for non-executive director roles & inclusive recruitment

Your questions answered

Joining the Connect Reading network gives your business access to organisations from every sector, boosting your profile and giving you multiple opportunities to build connections, social value and brand awareness. Accessing regular cross-sector events which include networking and L&D sessions is another great bonus!

As we’re a micro-charity, we unfortunately cannot freeze memberships due to the significant impact it has on our cashflow. We have worked to make our sliding scales of membership as accessible as possible, for every sector. To ensure we can sustain our excellent service delivery, membership and access to our services is for a continual 12 months with annual renewal.

Boosting your business’ social value, accessing bitesize bi-monthly L&D sessions for all your staff plus the opportunity to participate in our flagship projects are the core reasons to join our network. In addition, we identify partnerships with local and national businesses and nonprofits to leverage extra benefits for our members!

Our sliding scale of membership is as reasonable and accessible as possible. So if your Reading-based office only has a small number of employees who will use our services, we can charge a slightly lower rate – even if the business itself is a national or global corporation. We require evidence of the number of employees based at that office, to help us plan for the appropriate level of services for your business once you join. 

ESG is Environment, Social & Governance; formerly known as CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility). ESG refers to the 3 key factors when measuring the sustainability and ethical impact of a business. Many companies refer to these as 3 pillars, and therefore choose to report in these areas.

Which membership is right for my business?

Annual/membership charges are based on turnover per annum.

Micro Local,
up to £100k 

£175 p/a

Micro business,
up to £1.5m

£275 p/a

Small business,
up to £6.5m

£599 p/a

Medium business,
up to £25m

£2,100 p/a

Large business,
over £25m

£5,350 p/a

Multiple occupancy spaces

Bespoke prices available upon request.

CICs with under £1.5m turnover are charged at £200 per annum. CICs with over £1.5m turnover are classed in the same category businesses.

Your first step to becoming a member…

Sign up to become part of a community who are passionate about building a better Reading, for everyone.

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Our connections…

Connect Reading has helped me and my business feel more integrated and a part of the Reading community. We’ve got to know charities that do really important work here and also allowed us to give back in some way.

Louisa Dunbar
Founder/Creative Director, OrangeGrove