Beg borrow or buy

We know that it is always difficult to put your hands on the right tools, skills and services, especially when you are under a tight deadline. This resource is here to help you find things or people that you can beg, borrow or buy. All supplied by, or recommended by, the RNN members.

What? B? Num Group Contact Notes
Display banners Buy n/a Signs of Quality Signs of Quality site (Ebay) Recommended by RNN, cheap good quality outdoor banners on Ebay. You need hi-res artwork. 8ft x 2ft banner approx £20.
Meeting rooms Hire 4 Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC) 0118 958 6692
Various rooms, different sizes from about £7 per hour.
Meeting rooms Hire 2 Reading Community Learning Centre (RCLC) 0118 959 9009
Five rooms suitable for up to 15 people, available Evenings, Weekends and Summer Holidays.
Projector Borrow 1 RNN info@
We have a projector that we can loan to groups – please ask for details
Artist, craftsperson & face painter Buy Ellen Jewell collected
Arts, crafts, children’s face painting for your event.
Gazebos Borrow 2 RNN info@
We know of one or two gazebos that could be loaned to groups – please contact us for details
Marquees Buy/
Cascade Events Ltd 0118 969 9553
Cascade Events site
Marquees Buy ASW Marquees 0118 969 5568
ASW Marquees site
Portable Loos Buy Chew Valley Hire 01761 221105
Chew Valley Hire site
Provide portable toilets for events throughout the South West and Wales.
Portable Loos Buy Meadow Mobiles 0118 988 4144
Security Buy Provide Security & Event Support Services Ltd 0118 987 5949
Provide SESS site
Suppliers of security professionals to clients and events across London and the Home Counties
Security Buy A1 Security Systems Ltd 0845 894 6198
A1 Security Systems site
Provides installations of intruder alarms, closed circuit television, fire alarms, access control and automated gates.
Loudspeaker systems Buy Martin Audio Ltd 01494 535312
Martin Audio site
Bunting Hire Beautiful Bunting Ltd 01273 479464
Beautiful Bunting site
National hire of high quality, handmade cotton bunting to suit any occasion, indoor or outdoor.
Bunting Hire/
The Vintage Bunting Hire Company 01787 267891
Vintage Bunting Hire Company site
Provides handmade country style bunting to hire for wedding receptions, wedding anniversary’s or garden party’s.
Flyers Buy Fairprint Fairprint site (Ebay) Full colour flyer and leaflet printing (e.g. 1000 single sided A5 flyers approx. £30).
Pop-up banners and flyers Buy Instantprint 0191 272 7327
Instantprint site
Pop-up banners, flyer and leaflet printing (e.g. pop-up banners approx. £35 each).

10 Replies to “Beg borrow or buy”

  1. We don’t know of any local sources of low-cost banners – although we would welcome any suggestions, of course. Reading Neighbourhood Network’s own banners were bought on Ebay – unfortunately we can’t find the supplier we used, but there are plenty with a good seller rating that would probably be fine if you can do your own artwork. For roller banners (the pop-up type) we can recommend Route 1 Print, although they aren’t local. Hope this helps!

    • We have recently have used Signs of Quality a few times and they have so far been very good and reasonably priced.

    • Hi Teresa, we know of at least one gazebo that you should be able to borrow if it’s not already in use that weekend. I’ll contact you direct with details.

  2. Hi, does anyone know were we can borrow a gazebo for our fun day, this Saturday on Amersham Rd 2pm -9pm?
    Many thanks
    Caversham Children’s Fund

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