Bringing people and sectors together for mutual benefit

Our unique cross-sector network brings together businesses, non-profits, education and public sector organisations to share resources, ideas, information, space and learning.

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Our story

Connect Reading began in 2003 as Reading’s Business Community Partnership. First established by local businesses, with support from the local council, we brokered resources and relationships between charities and businesses.

We’ve evolved to include all sectors, becoming local experts for ESG advice and team challenges, plus a source of local information. We also host the most friendly cross-sector networking you’ll find anywhere

From 2003 to now

We’re so proud that those who have led us over the years have been awarded for their contributions!

  • The M&S Sieff Award was given to Ruth Spicer (CEO, 2003-2010) in 2007.
  • Pride of Reading award nominated Clare Wright in 2013 (MD from 2010-2016) (as was Connect Reading itself)
  • Pride of Reading award nominated Kirsti Wilson (MD from 2016-2019)
  • The Alice Driver Award for Inspirational Women in 2020 was given to Lorraine Briffitt (current CEO) received
  • Most Empowering Regional Networking Organisation was awarded to Connect Reading by the UK Enterprise Awards 21/22.

Great news, you’re one step closer to joining the network!

Please select which sector your organisation best fits within and we can make sure you’re signing up in the best place:

Connect Reading 2021-2022 in numbers

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of resources brokered
1
bespoke connections
1
items saved from landfill

Our commitment…

Our dedication to serve the local community, local environment and local economy runs through everything we do.

Lorraine Briffitt
CEO, Connect Reading