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About Ahead Partnership

Maximising social impact 

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We have a proven track record of working with business, school and public sector partners to provide practical, high impact support to communities and regions across the UK.

  • We work with education partners and young people to help them achieve their aspirations, develop valuable employability skills and improve their careers knowledge
  • We work across key sectors of the economy to strengthen the talent pipeline and improve diversity, inclusion and social mobility
  • We help businesses design and deliver successful ESG programmes and evidence their social value
  • We help the public and private sectors to connect, collaborate and achieve meaningful results together.

Ahead Partnership is a purpose-driven business that reinvests surpluses into its programmes. We believe that it takes the combined resources of business, public and community partners to build a successful and resilient society where everyone, regardless of their background, can flourish.

Founded and headquartered in Leeds, but operating nationally, our Vision, Mission and Values define what we do and how we work.

Our design-led approach is flexible, creative and dynamic to allow the development of experimental programmes and partnership solutions to address specific societal needs. We are proud of all our work to date which has focused on working with business to tackle disadvantage, strengthen communities, grow enterprise and develop skills.

Our client portfolio is diverse and includes large national and international companies such as PwC, Arup, Landsec, John Lewis Partnership, First Group and Pinsent Masons through to public bodies such as Local Enterprise Partnerships and local authorities.

We are at the heart of a significant network of partners spanning the UK who share in our vision and work with us to achieve amazing results.



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 through practical projects.



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 our first education programmes, working together with organisations from across Leeds to design and deliver interactive activities to help schools and businesses work together to inspire, motivate and raise the aspirations of young people. 



We become Ahead Partnership and start to operate across the Leeds City Region. We launch our first national programmes with UK-wide employers. 



We launch our first programmes in Birmingham, engaging new employer partners across the West Midlands region.



We launch our programmes in South Yorkshire and are 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 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 >>