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|
|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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The most recent data from Cambridge University’s Centre for Business Research shows the year-on-year growth of the more than 24,000 Cambridge-based companies(1) – for the period up to April 2017 – showed global turnover growth of 14.4% and global employment growth(2) of 9.2%.
29 May 2018Read in full
A new piece of qualitative research gives local businesses the opportunity to have their say via an online survey.
14 February 2018Read in full
Business and academic member organisation, Cambridge Ahead today expressed support for the conclusions reached in the recently published Greater Cambridge Mass Transport Options Assessment Report.
6 February 2018Read in full
Business and academic member organisation, Cambridge Ahead, today published the findings of its latest research into the provision of commercial R&D space for life sciences in the Cambridge area.
15 November 2017Read in full
Cambridge Ahead is running a one-day hackathon, the #CambsNotspotterHack, following the success of its #CambsNotspotter initiative in the past 18 months.
9 August 2017Read in full
Cambridge Ahead's data led, evidence-based approach to tackling mobile and broadband connectivity notspots in the Greater Cambridge area leads to tangible improvements and new initiatives. Over 3M connectivity data points were gathered per month during the first 12 months of the crowdsourcing initiative #CambsNotspotter
26 April 2017Read in full
More than 200 people packed the main conference room in the Granta Centre at Granta Park, south of Cambridge, last week to attend Cambridge Ahead’s annual conference, entitled 'What Makes for a Successful UK City in the 21st century?'.
24 January 2017Read in full
New data shows that the remarkable growth of Cambridge companies that was revealed for 2014-15 continued in 2015-16.
24 January 2017Read in full
The business and academic membership organisation Cambridge Ahead gains its 41st member and expands its office with the recruitment of a Project Manager.
17 January 2017Read in full
Cambridge Ahead’s annual seminar, ‘What Makes for a Successful UK City in the 21st century?’, will take place on the morning of 18th January 2017 and will highlight Placemaking and its relevance to Cambridge in the event agenda.
6 December 2016Read in full