A NEW network bringing together more than 30 companies from across the Thames Valley has launched to promote diversity.

The Thames Valley Race Equity and Cultural Harmony (REACH) Network has been formed to ensure equal opportunities for people of all backgrounds.

A launch event was held in Reading recently, attended by staff from Thames Water, The Oracle and University of Reading.

Sunny Tucker, communications director at Thames Water, said: “We’re delighted to be a founder member of the Thames Valley REACH network.

"Many members of the black, Asian and mixed ethnicity (BAME) population need better guidance and to develop greater confidence to succeed in the workplace.

"By joining forces, this network could be a real source of both inspiration and practical help to people across our BAME network and beyond.

“I’m particularly excited about the opportunity to work with local companies.”