A bus operator’s work with arts, culture, heritage and education has resulted in a shortlisting for the Business Champion category at the Reading Cultural Awards.
The finalist’s place recognises Reading Buses as a business which has played a major contribution in supporting and developing the arts in Reading.
Reading Buses has built on a rich history of engagement and support for arts in the community. Following the success of Light Up Reading and partnerships with Reading Rep Theatre and John Madejski Academy (JMA), it has built on a strong and growing base of supporting and partnering with arts organisations and education.
In the past year, Reading Buses believe they have pushed the boundaries to support the arts in Reading. With an art gallery on a moving bus, partnerships with the Arts & Heritage Forum, supporting arts events, partnering with the Museum of English Rural Life (The MERL), Reading Museum and John Madejski Academy – they’ve made a real difference to the arts.
Said Martijn Gilbert, Reading Buses Chief Executive Officer: “This is not just a one-off – it’s a growing area of importance to the business.
“We’re supporting and partnering with arts organisations to develop the audience for arts and heritage in Reading – giving back to the community we serve every day.
“We’re reaching out across the whole community to go above and beyond to promote and support the synergy between arts and business to make Reading a more enriched place to live, play and work.”
The winners will be crowned in a glittering ceremony at the Olympia Ballroom, Reading, on June 27.