Cambridge Ahead

Cambridge Ahead

Cambridge Ahead is a business and academic member group dedicated to the successful growth of Cambridge and its region in the long term. We aim to represent the city’s business community by offering soundly-based opinion and advice to local and national governments about the opportunities and needs of the region.

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Address: CB1 Business Centre, 20 Station Road, Cambridge
Postcode: CB1 2JD
Country: United Kingdom
Website: http://www.cambridgeahead.co.uk
Membership type:Professional Individual and Corporate < 5 (£50+VAT pa)

Our vision is for Cambridge to be the pre-eminent small city in the world, defined by achieving long-term economic growth and a compelling quality of life. It will be a city where business, discovery, creativity, community and culture flourish together.

Cambridge has a number of business member organisations. Cambridge Ahead is differentiated by having the long-term sustainable growth of Cambridge and its region as its key aim. Cambridge Ahead will not duplicate or dilute any existing activity and will develop close working relationships with all organisations to enhance existing work. Our members represent a current working population of over 36,000 people in Cambridge and a turnover of over £5billion. 

Cambridge Ahead will only take on a few initiatives at a time in order to focus attention on achievable, but ambitious, objectives. The Board will determine each brief and these will be addressed by a small project team led by a member representative. Some initiatives may be short-lived while others may last for years. In every case the intention will be to engage a broad spectrum of opinion before any firm conclusions are reached. 

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Cambridge Ahead launches new Cluster Map growth data tool for the sub-region

A new data tool that accurately maps the growth of the Cambridge sub-region over time and reveals the true extent of the success of the ‘Cambridge Phenomenon’ has been created and launched by Cambridge Ahead in partnership with Barclays, working with the Centre for Business Research (CBR) at the University of Cambridge.

26 July 2016Read in full

Cambridge and Brexit – what next?

Cambridge and Brexit – what next?

Over 70 Cambridgeshire political, academic and business leaders met at the Cambridge Union Society to discuss the results of the EU Referendum.

18 July 2016Read in full

Congestion-busting Route R bus service reaches target

Congestion-busting Route R bus service reaches target of over 1,500 passengers a week

Exactly one year on from its launch, the Stagecoach Route R bus service from Trumpington Park & Ride to Cambridge rail station, supported by Cambridge Ahead, has been hailed a success in the effort to reduce congestion and the stress of journeying into the city for commuters.

26 April 2016Read in full

Cambridge Ahead launches #CambsNotspotter initiative to help create a hyper-connected city

Cambridge Ahead launches #CambsNotspotter initiative to help create a hyper-connected city

A new crowdsourcing initiative has been launched which will empower Cambridge employees and residents to help provide the city and its surrounding areas with a future-proof connectivity infrastructure.

13 March 2016Read in full

Three more prime businesses join Cambridge Ahead

Three more prime businesses join Cambridge Ahead

Another three leading Cambridge businesses have joined Cambridge Ahead. Mott Macdonald, Sepura and Strutt & Parker have become members, taking the total to 39 full member organisations.

8 March 2016Read in full

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#CambsNotspotter initiative empowers people to create a hyper-connected Cambridge

A new crowdsourcing initiative is being launched today (Monday), which will enable Cambridge employees and residents to provide the city and its surrounding areas with a future-proof connectivity infrastructure.

7 March 2016Read in full

New data reveals remarkable growth of Cambridge companies

New data reveals remarkable growth of Cambridge companies

New Cambridge Growth data released by Cambridge Ahead highlights a record of remarkable growth during 2014/15, with Cambridge companies enjoying a 7.7% increase in turnover – which now stands at £33 billion – and a 7.7% increase in employment.

26 February 2016Read in full

New initiative aims to close the Skills Gap

New initiative aims to close the Skills Gap

Step Up is a new digital platform which aims to close the skills gap in Cambridge. It launches this week (Thursday 11th February) at Form the Future’s Education & Skills conference.

9 February 2016Read in full

Broadband Capacity Matrix

Cambridge Ahead initiative aims to propel the region to hyper-connected status

A team from Cambridge Ahead has produced a new tool to help businesses make the right capital decision on network infrastructure capacity – a key driver of success in a digital economy.

12 January 2016Read in full

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Cambridge Ahead summarises its progress in 2015

If its first year was one of quiet development of its agenda items, 2015 has been a year when Cambridge Ahead has made real progress in key projects. This Winter briefing comes at a time when its membership has reached 38 organisations.

22 December 2015Read in full

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