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.

Address: CB1 Business Centre, 20 Station Road, Cambridge
Postcode: CB1 2JD
Country: United Kingdom
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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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

Jane Paterson-Todd with Baron Lansley CBE at the launch event

Video: launch event of The Case for Cambridge

A compelling video of key messages about vital investment requirements for the city, from the launch event of The Case for Cambridge - which took place at the Cambridge Union Society last month - is now available.

16 November 2015Read in full

 Life sciences boost to Cambridge Ahead membership

Life sciences boost to Cambridge Ahead membership

The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute becomes Cambridge Ahead's 36th Member organisation, while two significant Cambridge life science figures become Individual Members.

3 November 2015Read in full

The Case for Cambridge launched to gain vital infrastructure investment for the city

The Case for Cambridge launched to gain vital infrastructure investment for the city

Cambridge can be self-reliant and drive its own growth if Government can provide us with the devolved powers we need – all we require from Government is a framework in which to operate.

20 October 2015Read in full

Launch event: The Case for Cambridge

Launch event: The Case for Cambridge

Cambridge’s growth is being held back by low levels of infrastructure investment. This event is the launch of an initiative, by a Partnership of 11 key business, academic & public sector organisations, to convince central Government of the city region's vital importance to the UK economy and the need for action to ensure that its growth continues.

22 September 2015Read in full

 ‘Unlocking future Growth for Cambridge’

Cambridge Ahead releases new video: ‘Unlocking future Growth for Cambridge’

Cambridge Ahead's new video offers a summary of the breakfast seminar event hosted by its member, Bidwells, earlier this month at the Møller Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.

30 June 2015Read in full

The speakers at the Case for Cambridge event

Cambridge Ahead announces new Growth data and previews 'The Case for Cambridge'

Cambridge Ahead made two key announcements at the Bidwells Property Trends breakfast seminar at the Møller Centre last week. The first was the results of months of work relating to Growth data for the city and its region, and the second the preview of The Case for Cambridge, an initiative to be presented to central government.

9 June 2015Read in full

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