Our vision is a better Reading, for everyone.
Our values and our mission of bringing sectors together for mutual benefit are rooted in Connect Reading’s rich heritage as the business community partnership for Reading, and vital to our aspirations for the future of the town we love.

Our Values


Our local environment, local community & local economy are our first priority


We create long-term impact with the potential for long-term partnership


We make it easier for you to create & measure social value


We give our members, from every sector, an equal voice


We are innovative and creative, seeking to continuously learn

Building and green space

Having a positive local impact

We care deeply about our local community and we want to partner with you to have a long-lasting, positive impact on our town. 

Through our Connect Reading projects and events, and the connections we help our members to make, we are proud to be:

  • improving green spaces in and around Reading
  • making a difference to the lives of disadvantaged children
  • providing opportunities for members to learn from each other
  • supporting local charities, business and individuals
Four people holding hand wash outside Reading Station

Meeting needs and sharing resources

We want to always meet actual need so, when you become a member, we meet with you to scope your needs, interests and goals. 

When our members have an ‘ask’, or would like to share a skill or resource, we let our community know through our monthly newsletter, shared online groups and by directly contacting those we think might be able to help. Then, we make the connection so that needs are met and resources shared.

From 04/2021-03/2022,  we were able to help our members broker over £124,000 worth of in-kind support!

Reading Buses

Making meaningful connections

We believe in making meaningful connections with the potential for long-term relationship. So, we love having those conversations where we can say, ‘oh we know someone who can help with that… let me connect you with them!’ 

Our Connect Reading events provide regular networking opportunities for skills, expertise and ideas sharing and as a team, we sit on numerous Boards and Strategy meetings and attend various topical groups ensuring we always know what’s happening! We support one another as a community to build a better Reading, for everyone.

Building a Better Reading

Every year...

Shared Resources

We broker over £115,000 of in-kind support!

The Environment

We facilitate over 150 volunteers to collect over 150 bags of rubbish!


We enable over 2000 Christmas gifts and Easter eggs to be given to disadvantaged children!

Wrapped up presents

The Giving Tree

An annual opportunity for the
people of Reading to show their generosity and buy a gift to make a difference to local disadvantaged children and young people.

Annie and Claire standing next to a bin holding litter pickers

Reading Rescue

Sponsored by Thames Water, Reading Rescue is a bi-annual opportunity for team and individuals to get out and clean up the local environment. 

foil wrapped chocolate eggs

Easter Egg Appeal

An opportunity to do something egg-cellent and donate Easter eggs to charities working with children and adults in Reading. 

People networking

Member Events

Come and meet other Connect Reading members. Find out what’s happening in your local community, create connections, and support one another. 

Enquire today about becoming a member

Fill in our membership form and we'll be in touch with further details. We look forward to connecting with you!​

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