Thank You to our Sponsors & Partners


We would like to thank our sponsors

  • PridePlus
    • Columbia Threadneedle Investments’ Pride & Allies Network, established in 2017, aims to provide a supportive working environment to the LGBT+ community. The network’s purpose is to:

      • Support and empower people to feel proud of who they are, without fear of harassment
      • Support straight allies in showing their solidarity with the community
      • Empower employees to challenge homophobia and transphobia when encountered.

      Columbia Threadneedle is part of the global Ameriprise organisation, and our network is affiliated with Ameriprise PRIDE, which has received a 100% rating on the HRC Foundation Corporate Equality Index 12 years in a row.

      "When the minority has the backing of the majority, you no longer have minorities and majorities - you have equality."

      Dei McLaughlin, business sponsor for Diversity & Inclusion in EMEA at Columbia Threadneedle, says the initial reaction to the launch has been encouraging and the network is looking forward to its first Pride event in Reading on 1 September 2018.

      Columbia Threadneedle is proud to support diversity and inclusion in all its forms.

  • Pride ALive
    • Unite is Britain's biggest union with 1.42 million members across 20 industrial sectors in every type of workplace from Banking to Public Transport, from Construction to Charity Workers.

      Unite is the union for the 21st century meeting the great challenges facing working people today. It is a democratic and campaigning union which fights back for employees in the workplace, protecting workers' rights and taking trade unionism out to millions of unorganised workers. It is a union with equalities at its heart. One that stands up for equality for all and advances the interests of its members on a political and national level.

      We campaign for equal rights for LGBT+ people in the workplace, in the community and across the world. We fight against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia wherever it raises it ugly head.

      Our volunteers, ordinary working people like you, will be on hand to answer any questions so come chat to us on our stall at Reading Pride and see how you can get involved!

  • Parade
    • Nationwide is committed to putting our members first and that includes you

      At Nationwide, we believe in celebrating difference, promoting inclusion and advancing LGBT+ equality, which is why we’re proud to sponsor the 2018 Reading Pride Parade.

      We’re a mutual, which means we’re owned by and run for the benefit of our members.

      We want to do our best for our members - and a big part of that is supporting the communities in which they live and work.

      Whether that’s the millions we invest in local causes, the thousands of hours our employees volunteer, or the housing projects we support; we’re dedicated to building society and Pride, nationwide.

      Tony Prestedge, Executive Director and LGBT Sponsor:

      > At Nationwide we're so proud of our diverse communities and work hard to create a culture of mutual respect and understanding. This summer we’ve taken part in parades up and down the country to help celebrate difference, promote inclusion and advance LGBT+ equality and we’re honoured to be sponsors of the Reading parade this year.

      If you want to find out more, click here.

  • Festival
    • UNISON is one of the UK’s largest trade unions, serving more than 1.3 million members. We represent members, negotiate and bargain on their behalf, campaign for better working conditions and pay and for public services. Our members work in the public services, for private contractors providing public services and for utility companies.

      UNISON is passionate about eliminating discrimination and inequality from the workplace and in society through our equality organising. We fight discrimination and prejudice in the workplace on behalf of our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members, as well as those in wider society.

    • Thames Water is the UK's largest water and wastewater services provider serving 15 million customers, supplying 2,600 million litres of water and 2,800 million litres of sewage a day from 67,000 miles of sewers, 2,530 pumping stations, 350 waste and 150 water treatment works.

      We respect and value everyone, aiming to attract great people who reflect the communities we serve, in roles which ensure our customers can turn on the tap and get access to top-quality drinking water, day and night, 24/7, 365 days of the year as well as safely transporting and treating waste, returning it back to the environment once our customers have used it.

      Come and say hi to some of our LGBT+ diversity and inclusion champions on our stall and find out more about our latest vacancies.

    • NHS Berkshire Healthcare are a community and mental health trust, providing a wide range of services to people of all ages living in Berkshire. They've been a Stonewall Diversity Champion since 2011 and practice sexual orientation and transgender equality in the workplace, including supporting their LGBT and Friends staff network, advertising jobs in Starting Out, running reverse mentoring sessions with their LGBT staff and senior leaders, and having policies that are LGBT+ inclusive. They attend Reading Pride every year - just look out for the NHS marquee where you can talk to clinicians about mental or sexual health matters, get a general health MOT, or just come and say hi (and bag some goodies).

Partners & Supporters

And also our partners and Supporters

  • Pentahotel Reading Logo
  • Storage King Woodley Logo
  • Holy Brook Associates Logo
  • Pride Pics Logo
  • Reading Borough Council Logo
  • Blagrave Arms Reading Logo
  • The Roebuck Logo
  • PepsiCo UK & Ireland Logo
  • The Gay uK Logo
Proud Member of
  • UK Pride Organisers Network (UKPON) Logo
  • European Pride Organisers Association (EPOA) Logo