Slough Trading Estate owner and Thames Tap partner SEGRO has launched its plan to invest £380,000 in skills, employment, environmental and economic programmes in the town.

SEGRO’s Community Investment Plan is intended to benefit more than 3,500 local people in partnership with six partners, Learning to Work, Groundwork South, Local Supply Chain, FEDCAP, YMCA and Slough Hub.

Its ambitions are:

  • 100 unemployed people to benefit from a skills, training and employment programme 
  • 3,500 young people to take part in a schools programme 
  • A pilot SME supply chain initiative to enable more local businesses to compete for opportunities on the Slough Trading Estate 
  • A customer connect programme, Together SEGRO, designed to promote business networking among 60 customers within SEGRO’s Thames Valley portfolio
  • Five outdoor spaces to be reinvigorated to improve biodiversity and support community wellbeing 

The plan is part of the company’s Responsible SEGRO commitments.

James Craddock, managing director, Thames Valley at SEGRO, said: “Community investment is not just a nice-to-do, it is a crucial and integral part of SEGRO’s purpose and strategy. It is about doing the right thing and wanting to make a real and positive impact on the lives of people in Slough, especially those facing a range of economic, social and health barriers. 

“Community investment has been at the heart of the Slough Trading Estate for over a hundred years. However, our new plan builds on this legacy, and will enable us to work with our customers, suppliers and charity partners to deliver some amazing local initiatives this year and in the years ahead.” 

Cllr James Swindlehurst, leader of Slough Borough Council,said: “SEGRO has been a leading example of a responsible business throughout its 102-year history in Slough.

“They have worked in partnership with the council on various projects for the local community over the years, but we welcome the strengthening of this work via the direction, vision and certainty of themes provided in the new community investment plan.

“Slough Borough Council is pleased to support the launch of the plan and we look forward to working with SEGRO and our community on its delivery going forward.”

SEGRO has already secured support from a number of Slough Trading Estate customers, suppliers and partners to help deliver the plan including Virgin media, O2, City Fibre, Montmartre Patisserie, Karl Storz, Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce and Divine Musiq, Wates, Hestons, Calibre and Business Watch.  

Image (l-r): Cllr Christine Hulme (Slough Borough Council cabinet member for children’s services, lifelong learning & skills; Colette Sharp, partnership development manager, SEGRO; Cllr James Swindlehurst, leader, Slough Borough Council; Stephen Brown, chief operating officer, Slough Borough Council; James Craddock, managing director Thames Valley, SEGRO; Neil Impiazzi partnership development director, SEGRO.

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