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The Connect Reading ‘Eggscellent’ Easter Appeal 2017 - UPDATE

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With your help, Connect Reading cracked it this Easter! Reading came into its own again this Easter and showed their usual generosity. With the help of the you, the local community and 11 of their business members, Connect Reading and friends delivered over 1300 Easter eggs to 9 charities and organisations around Reading. Thames Water collected an Egg-straordinary 466 eggs, followed closely by Pepsico, Quintiles IMS and Kyocera Document...

Giving Tree

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The Giving Tree Appeal 2016 was a HUGE success, thank you - and as ever, we have been blown away by the generosity the people and businesses of Reading. Thanks to you all, over 1700 gifts were bought and delivered to 12 partner organisations and charities across Reading in time for Christmas parties and Chrismas Day. And our mydonate page for the project ensured that no-one missed out.. If you or your business would like to take part...

Doing business in uncertain times

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How can we lead our businesses in the ever-changing global marketplace that we operate in and how can we use the 'constants' to negotiate the uncertainties?  ​ How will Greater Reading and Thames Valley Berkshire look in a post-brexit, post-US election and post-Autumn statement world? Our next business members' breakfast forum will be sponsored by The Olympia Ballroom in London Street....

Tree sculpture gifted to local school

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Little Heath School are the lucky new owners of a 3 metre-high sculpture from UBS Asset Management. The sculpture created by Barbara Franc was previous hosted in the Imperium Building in South Reading and UBS Asset Management sought a new home and approached Connect Reading local business community partnership to help find a suitable partner to gift it to.  The sculpture now featured in the schools’ new art block is a tree with a...

Business leaders' talk about the future of Reading

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A group of business leaders met to discuss their thoughts on the future growth of Reading in July.    The meeting attended by Connect Reading patron Sir John Madejski, discussed important areas about Reading's sustainable economic growth.     Topics covered included our schools, college and the University, real estate development, Brexit, Reading Gaol, and political and business leadership in the town.   ...

Reading RESCUE

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Reading RESCUE is the biggest clean-up event in Reading. We clean up parks, streets and open spaces in a weekend of transformation with hundreds of volunteers from business and the community. Connect Reading has been organising Reading RESCUE since 2008, in partnership with Thames Water (and previously Reading Borough Council, and Oxford Road Community Garden). In March 2017, an army of more than 70 business volunteers helped clean up...

Skilled Volunteering Forum

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Skilled Volunteering was the topic of our last forum held in June which was hosted and sponsored by Holiday Inn Reading South.  The forum included presentations from two different partnerships which Connect Reading had created for the community and businesses involved to grow and work together, both now and in the future.    The forum gave the opportunity to our business members to network and gain a better understanding of how...
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