William Reed Business Media is a privately owned family business that was founded in 1862. Most of the Reed family have always lived in Sussex and the company itself moved out of London in 1990 to its current site at Broadfield Park, Crawley. It now employs over 350 people, publishing business to business magazines, such as The Grocer, in the food and drink sector, as well as managing exhibitions, events and other trade related business solutions.
The William Reed Fund has been set up to provide a focus for the company’s local charitable giving and to help engage employees in supporting their local communities. The Fund will be used to provide grants for social welfare projects with a particular emphasis on supporting local organisations where employees have an involvement and where a small grant can go a long way.
“William Reed Business Media is a Sussex based family firm and many of our employees live locally so supporting the community is a priority for us. Sussex Community Foundation has provided a simple and flexible mechanism for us to identify and fund local charities and voluntary groups. They vet the groups applying so we can be confident the funding is used well.
Over time the Foundation has also helped us adapt our targeting of funds. Whereas initially we supported projects across Sussex we now focus on those in Crawley and the surrounding area. Many of these are smaller projects that we wouldn’t have found ourselves and it’s particularly satisfying to know we’re helping the local community where our business is based.”
Nicholas Reed, Director
You can read more about William Reed on their website here.