Our Story

Our Story

Our story

From 2003 to now

Connect Reading started as Reading Business Community Partnership in 2003. First established by local businesses to broker relationships and resources between charities and businesses. We use an innovative and cross-sector approach to in-kind support.

Over the years we have become the go-to place for organisations looking for bespoke CSR advice, information and guidance and how to get involved in local initiatives. 

Those who’ve led us through the years have won awards for their contributions to business and the community. 

  • Ruth Spicer (CEO from 2003-2010) received the M&S Sieff Award in 2007
  • Clare Wright (MD from 2010-2016) was nominated (as was Connect Reading itself) for a Pride of Reading award in 2013
  • Kirsti Wilson (MD from 2016-2019) was nominated for a Pride of Reading Award in 2019
  • Lorraine Briffitt (current CEO) received the Alice Driver Award for Inspirational Women in 2020
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