the business community
partnership for Reading

Business Membership

We are widely respected and utilised by local businesses for our unique knowledge, information, advice and expertise as a way to help the local community.  We offer consultancy and membership packages to businesses.  

Our activities are based on in-kind support, helping charities with your skills, time and resources as well as reciprocal benefit relationships such as sponsorship.

Since our launch in 2003 we have brokered over £1,500,000 worth of in-kind support to the local voluntary and community sector and we have held events that have informed, challenged and networked thousands of delegates.  

Why should your business join Connect Reading?

  • Be part of a network of forward thinking and innovative partners working together to help their local community

  • Access personalised advice, information and guidance on ways to help the community

  • Increase employee engagement and satisfaction

  • Gain stronger local brand recognition and value

  • Attract and retain talent

  • Demonstrate positive leadership

  • Manage and reduce risk through effective stakeholder engagement

  • Save costs and reduce environmental impact by donating redundant resources to the community rather than sending them to landfill

  • Develop new business relationships

  • Demonstrate more value for your community investment activties through structured programmes within proven outcomes


As a business member of Connect Reading you will:

  • Receive consultancy advice on developing your local corporate social responsibility and sustainability plans

  • Be informed, network, exchange ideas and hear best practice at our quarterly forums and events

  • Receive exclusive communications relating to local corporate social responsibility initiatives, events and voluntary and community sector projects via our monthly newsletters

  • Utilise our brokerage system for donating redundant resources to the voluntary and community sector rather than sending them to landfill
  • Take advantage of free team challenge brokerage system worth £934* that includes sourcing, matching, brokerage, support and PR arrangements

  • Offer employee development opportunities through volunteering and in-kind support for projects

  • Use Connect Reading’s member endorsement logo on your website and other suitable literature

  • Be promoted in our communications and publications with other members, external stakeholders and the general public through our social media channels

  • Have access to understand, debate and influence the decision-making process concerning key business issues through Connect Reading’s board place on the Local Strategic Partnership
  • The opportunity to promote your companies values through actions in the local community including your customers, employees and suppliers

*The number of free team challenges relates to the subscription type

Fill in our membership interest form here and we will call you back with more information


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