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Our Chief Executive, Stephanie Burras, left international law firm Pinsent Masons to set up social enterprise Leeds Ahead. Leeds Ahead focuses on how business can contribute more effectively to combating social and economic inequality.



With investment from Goldman Sachs we help launch their highly successful10,000 Small Businesses scheme in the UK for the benefit of over 900 businesses to date. 



We launch Make the Grade, an annual programme of interactive activities to help schools and businesses work together to inspire, motivate and raise the aspirations of young people. 



We’re awarded £1 million Big Lottery Funding to develop and expand Make the Grade. We become Ahead Partnership and start to operate across the Leeds City Region. 



We launch Make the Grade in Birmingham, engaging new employer partners across the West Midlands region.



We are recognised as a #CECWhatWorks programme by the government-backed Careers & Enterprise Company, receiving a second year of funding to take our programme to even more young people across West and South Yorkshire. In late 2017 we were delighted to be crowned 'Best in Class' at the national British Chamber Business Awards for our business and education partnerships.


The pandemic causes significant disruption to everyday life, ways of working and wellbeing for everyone. Young people are amongst those hardest hit and so in September we roll out all our programmes online so that even those in isolation at home can take part. We are proud to collaborate with management consultancy Q5 Partners on an exciting new initiative. Together, we launch the Pop up Advisory - a pro bono one-day intervention supporting small to medium-sized businesses and charities, who require some added help at this time. Find out more >>

About Ahead Partnership

Achieving change and stronger futures together 

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Trusted by leading UK employers, we design, plan and help our partners to deliver programmes of meaningful activity that change communities and lives for the better.

Our programmes have a national reach and deliver in cities and regions across the UK, supporting employers across a national footprint.


- We drive positive change in communities
- We open minds to grow aspiration, confidence and optimism
- We use our creativity and expertise to bring the right partnerships together
- Our exciting activities and programmes overcome inequality and encourage diversity
- We put purpose before profit and reinvest in our programmes



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We inspire change and embrace challenges in the way we develop and deliver our ideas. We learn from experience and foster an environment of innovation where new ideas are celebrated and encouraged.



We are passionate and positive about all our work. We take pride in what we do, responsibility
for what we achieve and are always proactive in our approach.



We recognise individual strengths and support everyone we work with. We celebrate difference and show kindness in all situations.


We succeed as one team. We are collaborative and respectful to create a culture of trust, where sharing and learning is easy and people can thrive.