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Cambridge Ahead announces a trio of new members


Cambridge Ahead, the business and academic member organisation dedicated to the sustainable and inclusive growth of Cambridge and its region in the long-term, is pleased to welcome three new members.

Young Advisory Committee Future of Work Spring 2022 Survey and Roundtable


During Spring 2022 the Cambridge Ahead Young Advisory committee conducted a survey of young professionals and hosted a roundtable discussion on the future of work.

July 2022 Housing Monitor


Cambridge Ahead has published the latest in a series of quarterly housing dashboards which monitors key indicators in respect of housing supply, the sales and rental markets, as well as homelessness and rough sleeping in our region.

Shining a light on the generational housing challenge


Housing in Cambridge is some of the most expensive in the country. Through this work we seek to highlight the generational housing challenge faced by young people in Cambridge.

Housing affordability could hinder Cambridge’s next generation of economic success


Cambridge’s future economic growth could be at risk unless more steps are taken to improve housing affordability in a bid to attract and retain a younger workforce, a new report has warned.

Job Vacancy: Policy Manager / Senior Policy Manager


We are looking for a new team member who is experienced in policy development and motivated by a desire to deliver high quality work that has a positive impact in the real world. 

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Cambridge Ahead announces new Board appointment - Dr Julia Wilson


Cambridge Ahead's is delighted to welcome Dr Julia Wilson, Associate Director, Wellcome Sanger Institute to its Operational Board.

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Create your city – Cambridge Ahead's 'City of Quarters’ competition


Cambridge Ahead's Young Advisory Committee are inviting young adults from across the city to submit ideas for what the city could look and feel like in the future.

Disruption – a catalyst for discovery


Humans are at the heart of every city and its progress. But people are notoriously poor at predicting or imagining the future, and often stick to the status quo. How can a city collectively change behaviours and harness experimentation to improve quality of life today and tomorrow?

Cambridge Ahead’s City of Quarters – imagining sustainable neighbourhoods


Join Cambridge Ahead on the 25th June in the beautiful Cambridge University Botanic Garden as part of Cambridge Nature Network’s first ever Nature Festival!

April 2022 Housing Monitor


Cambridge Ahead has published the latest in a series of quarterly housing dashboards which monitors key indicators in respect of housing supply, the sales and rental markets, as well as homelessness and rough sleeping in our region.

Fairness, nature and communities – addressing climate change


In October 2021 the Cambridge & Peterborough Independent Commission on Climate called for urgent action to tackle the impact of climate change locally. The Combined Authority and local councils have broadly accepted the recommendations contained in its report, Fairness, nature and communities – addressing climate change.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Apprenticeship Survey Results Published


Cambridge Ahead and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority have published the results of a survey of 69 employers across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

RAND Europe: Transport heading for the electric era


The pandemic has had a huge impact on public transport in particular, while car usage has rebounded. The Government is ontrack to ban sales of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030, but willelectric vehicles improve our quality of life?

AstraZeneca’s open doors for open minds


In November 2021, HRH The Prince of Wales officially unveiled AstraZeneca’s Discovery Centre located on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. This state-of-the-art £1bn R&D facility has been designed to bring people together around world-class science.

RAND Europe Quality of Life Report


Cambridge Ahead commissioned RAND Europe to research the influences of quality of life of a range of community stakeholders in Greater Cambridge - Understanding the views of organisational and community leaders on the factors that most affect quality of life in Greater Cambridge.

Prosperity flows from purpose


When Anglian Water took the bold step to adopt a purpose beyond profit, the company needed to find ways to measure success. 

Taking a tailored approach to reshaping work


Teams at technology giant Arm are used to breaking the mould to invent the future. Our NECE report case study takes a look at what’s next for the working practices at its Cambridge HQ and beyond, as businesses look ahead to a post-pandemic future.

A New Era for the Cambridge Economy (NECE)


A report exploring drivers of change in cities post pandemic.

Science and innovation sectors in Cambridge drive growth in regional employment despite pandemic turbulence


New data covering the first full year of the pandemic (April 2020 to March 2021) shows the striking resilience of the Cambridge area to pandemic shocks.

Build to Rent in Greater Cambridge


The Cambridge Ahead Housing Group has examined the fundamentals of Build to rent and has found that there are many benefits to be had to the delivery of the Council's aim to increase provision.

Cambridge Ahead launches quarterly housing monitor


Cambridge Ahead has begun producing a quarterly housing dashboard to enable us to monitor key indicators in respect of housing supply - the sales and rental markets, as well as homelessness and rough sleeping.


Cambridge Ahead Responds to The Greater Cambridge Partnership "Making Connections" Consultation


Cambridge Ahead has responded to the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) Making Connections Consultation.

Dame Carol Black: Key steps in improving quality of life in the Cambridge region


Professor Dame Carol Black, chair of the British Library and the Centre for Ageing Better, is to take on the role of chair of Cambridge Ahead’s Quality of Life project, following Jeremy Newsum stepping down from the role.

Cambridge Ahead: Current & Future Cycling Infrastructure


During Spring 2021 Cambridge Ahead conducted a survey to understand the views of residents and workers across the Cambridge region on the city’s cycling infrastructure.

United For Cambridge Sleepout


Once again local charities Wintercomfort and Cambridge United Community Trust are joining forces for what we hope will be our biggest and best sleepout event yet in support of homeless and disadvantaged people in Cambridge.

Games consoles, wearable devices, NFTs and chip investment to trend in year ahead according to Deloitte's global technology, media and telecoms predictions for 2022


The technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) practice at Deloitte, has today announced its predictions for the sector in 2022.

Cambridge Ahead Annual Publication 2021


Our Annual Publication 2021 offers a comprehensive update on the projects we have been working on over the last 12 months and the initiatives we continue to take forward.

Successful tech grant scheme boosts local businesses


An initiative from the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority to help small and medium-sized businesses improve their productivity using digital technology has so far successfully distributed over half a million pounds.

Allia is the first UK partner of Europe’s leading climate innovation initiative to run Climate Accelerator


New Climate Accelerator will start in Cambridge in January 2022, working with start-ups who have innovative solutions for addressing the climate emergency.

The future of flexible working: home working is here to stay but the office lives on


In the latest of Cambridge Independent's articles with Cambridge Ahead, the business and academic member organisation explores the workplace with contributions from four members of its young advisory committee.

Short-term lets in Cambridge


What are the economic and social impacts of Short-term lets and what are the policy options at the disposal of local governments in England?

Skills for Jobs - Summary of Our Response


We have written to Government in response to the Skills for Jobs White Paper. Our response seeks to inform implementation of Government policy ambitions and offer opportunities where industry in Cambridge can collaborate with all tiers of Government to play a major role in doing so.

Cambridge Ahead’s Jeremy Newsum: ‘Quality of life is an essential aspect of economic growth’


Businesses have a huge responsibility for the places in which they operate; they don’t exist to just generate profit, they’re here as part of the community and their interests are wholly aligned with how that community develops in the long-term.

Cambridge Ahead welcomes top UK game developer and publisher Jagex to its membership


Cambridge Ahead, the business and academic member organisation which promotes sustainable growth and quality of life, is delighted to welcome Jagex to its membership.

Cambridge employers are taking action to help with the cost of city living


As the cost of housing in high growth cities across the globe soars, many employers are stepping in to help their employees with the cost of owning or renting a home.

Young Advisory Committee: The Future of Flexible Working


The Young Advisory Committee has monitored the changing priorities, mindsets, and expectations of young professionals over the course of the pandemic through a regular series of surveys.

Cambridge Ahead's response to R&D tax reliefs consultation


Cambridge Ahead has responded to Government’s consultation on R&D Tax Reliefs. In our response we argue that in order to meet its ambitious target to raise total investment in R&D, Government must support and grow centres of excellence, such as Cambridge, as part of a complementary strategy to promote inward investment and level-up the UK and its regions.

Cambridgeshire in good place for economic recovery, event hears


Cambridgeshire companies are well-placed to deliver a strong economic recovery to help the East of England, the county’s business leaders told an economic summit event this week.

Spring 2021 Members’ Meeting Report


A New Era for the Cambridge Economy
The engagement of our Members indicates the importance attached to the work Cambridge Ahead does with and for the membership. Click below to read more about our Spring 2021 Members Meeting.

What role for smaller high-quality accommodation in the Cambridge market?


The Cambridge Ahead Young Advisory Committee has been exploring how different housing tenures and products can effectively meet the needs of younger people living in one of the most expensive housing markets in the country.

Corporate employment continued to grow despite the Covid-19 pandemic


New research into the early stages of the 2020 lockdown suggests that corporate employment in Greater Cambridge continued to grow at a “significant rate” despite the wide-reaching effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Digital delivery of education and training looks set to stay, in some form: what will this mean for people and places?


Over the course of early 2021 Cambridge Ahead conducted interviews with secondary schools, further education colleges, universities, and employers. This sought to understand what lessons had been learned from a year of enforced digital delivery...

UK CFOs gear up for a stronger recovery, as business sentiment hits new high


Deloitte’s UK CFO Survey Q1 2021, released today, reports a record level of business optimism amongst the UK’s finance leaders.

Greater Cambridge Housing Strategy - Build to Rent Response


Cambridge Ahead has responsed to a Greater Cambridge consultation relating to Build to Rent. In our response we agree that Build to Rent can make an important contribution to the creation of inclusive communities.

Cambridge is an engine of job creation - but don’t take it for granted


Extensive data – more detailed and more accurate than anything held by central government – has been published by the business and academic membership organisation Cambridge Ahead.

New data reveals Knowledge Intensive (KI) firms in Cambridge continue to outperform national figures


Medium term data on the growth of the Cambridge economy, right up to the start of the 2020 Covid lockdown, shows persistently higher annual growth rates than the national economy, particularly amongst knowledge-intensive (KI) firms. 

Cambridge Ahead announces three new board members


Cambridge Ahead, the business and academic member organisation which promotes sustainable growth and quality of life, has welcomed three new members to its Operational Board.

YAC Report: Supporting a future of Flexible Working


COVID-19 has changed the landscape of life as we know it. Early on this prompted the YAC to consider the impact on the lives and wellbeing of the under-35 age group we represent in Cambridge.

YAC Report: Meeting the housing needs of Young People


Regardless of age, where you call home matters to everyone and their quality of life. Over this past year almost all of us have spent a lot more time at home, at times, all day, every day.

YAC Report: Cambridge Nature Network


The Cambridge Nature Network has three main aims: to increase biodiversity, to enhance public access to public open space, and to tackle climate change. These are long term strategic aims but they are higher now in terms of people’s priorities and in the public consciousness than ever before.

Cambridge - In Pursuit of Equality


A new podcast from Conscious Communications and Cambridge 2030 ‘Cambridge - in pursuit of equality’ is available online. Cambridge Ahead's Jane Paterson-Todd took part in the first episode ‘Leaving people behind’.

Cambridge Ahead Young Advisory Committee (YAC) Report: The City We Want to Inherit


On the 24th November 2020 the Cambridge Ahead Young Advisory Committee (YAC) presented to around 100 guests, from across business, academia and local government on ‘the city we want to inherit’. This report covers key topics discussed at the event, all of which aim to highlight a number of areas that will improve and enhance quality of life.

What will 2025 look like for the life sciences and healthcare sector?


As we look towards 2021 and beyond, Deloitte has unveiled ten predictions on how patients, healthcare and life science companies and their staff might behave and operate in five years’ time, based on today’s evidence.

RAND Estimating the incidence of a housing affordability gap across the Cambridge travel to work area


A major concern among decision makers in Cambridge is ensuring that those working in the city can afford accommodation that meets their needs within a reasonable distance from their place of work.

2021 predictions for UK Technology, Media and Telecommunications


The technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) practice at Deloitte, has today announced its predictions for the sector in 2021.

ICAEW East of England Economic Summit


This virtual event, on Tuesday 8th December, will discuss how the local professional community can help support SMEs during a challenging H1 of 2021.

Cambridge Ahead Response to the Cambridge City Council Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Consultation


In our response we focus on the role that modular housing can play in tackling homelessness and rough sleeping and welcome the approach that the Council has taken in making best use of spare land for this purpose.

Planning for the Future Consultation Response


Cambridge Ahead has responded to Government’s Planning for the Future White Paper. In our response we welcome Government’s ambition to deliver a simpler planning process, accelerate housing delivery and facilitate growth.

Carter Jonas Elects New Chairman


National property consultancy Carter Jonas LLP has elected James Bainbridge, currently head of the firm’s Planning & Development Division, as Chairman with effect from 1 November.

Virtual conference on how businesses can support people in poverty in Cambridge


This year Cambridge City Council is running an online (Zoom) conference on 10th November 5:30pm to 7pm to mark Living Wage Week (9th to 15thNovember).

Business leaders urged to share thoughts on how they see their organisations operating in the future following the Covid-19 pandemic


The Greater Cambridge Partnership wants to hear how the pandemic has affected how businesses operate, particularly looking at any changes to working practices and travel patterns. 

Deloitte Life Sciences Catalyst launches in Cambridge with panel discussion made up of industry experts


Developed through deep relationships across the local and global ecosystem, the Deloitte Life Sciences Catalyst exists to solve the business challenges that keep life sciences leaders and innovators up at night.

Event: Employment-Led Growth in a Post-COVID World


Cambridge Ahead will be presenting at the next Young RTPI (The Royal Town Planning Institute) East of England Webinar: Employment-Led Growth in a Post-COVID World  on 10th September 4-5pm.

Cambridge Ahead Publication Sept 2020


Discover the new edition of Cambridge Ahead's new look magazine; featuring the 'Painting the Future' competition which challenged the next generation to paint their perfect future city.

RAND Career Guidance in Schools


Cambridge Ahead commissioned RAND Europe to examine the provision of career guidance in schools and colleges in the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough area. Please click below to find out more and read the full report.

Planning permission sought for new university


ARU Peterborough plans move step closer after planning application submission. A planning application for a new university in Peterborough has been submitted by Pegasus Group, on behalf of Peterborough HE Property Company, to Peterborough City Council.

RAND Quality of Life Report


This report is part of a wider ongoing project to improve quality of life for all residents living in the Cambridge area. 

Deloitte Life Sciences Catalyst launches in Cambridge


Industry programme created to solve the business challenges that keep life sciences leaders and innovators up at night.

TTP plc selected for technology advisory partnership with Cancer Research UK


TTP has been selected by Cancer Research UK to apply its technology design and development expertise and insight in the healthcare sector, to assess discoveries made by the charity’s academic researchers. 

TWI to assist as Ford look to 5G Technology


TWI are assisting Ford, as they become the first car manufacturer to sign up for a private 5G network in the UK.

Arm technology is now powering the world’s fastest supercomputer


At the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) it was announced that the Fugaku supercomputer, a system jointly developed by RIKEN and Fujitsu, and based on Arm technology, was awarded the number one spot of the TOP500 list.

The future of global office demand


Increased working from home doesn’t equate to less demand. JLL's research identifies four key factors that will play a major role in shaping future office spaces.

Scientists use garden plants to make hydrogen – the world’s ‘most promising’ renewable fuel


Researchers have shown that hydrogen can be made using garden plants and river water leading to hopes the green energy source could be manufactured without using fossil fuels.

Supporters celebrate modular homes opening for Cambridge’s homeless


Donors and supporters gathered on Friday (June 12) to officially launch six new modular homes for homeless people.

The office in the age of Covid-19: Why we still need it and what to consider


COEL considers where we should work and the future of the communal office space, in response to the current global situation. 

Babraham Research Campus Impact Report


Research led by an academic team from the University of Cambridge has demonstrated the benefits and outputs from the significant taxpayer investment into the Babraham Research Campus; evidencing the overall economic, social and scientific contribution the Campus makes to the UK economy.  

New report confirms the Babraham Research Campus at the forefront in supporting the UK’s early-stage bioscience enterprises


Research led by an academic team from the University of Cambridge has demonstrated the benefits and outputs from the significant taxpayer investment into the Babraham Research Campus; evidencing the overall economic, social and scientific contribution the Campus makes to the UK economy.  

Marshall’s air cleaning unit paints an even cleaner picture


Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group has reduced the Carbon Dioxide (CO₂) emissions of its paint shop by more than 50 per cent in the last year.

The Rising Network launches a series of free, online events open to all to help combat stress and facilitate safe connections during COVID-19


During these uncertain times of COVID-19 and social distancing, it can be very stressful and challenging trying to juggle and manage work, home life, family members and personal safety.

Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group – protecting people in critical situations


Like so many essential workers across the UK, the team at Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group is pulling out all the stops to support the global battle against Covid-19.

Composer strikes the right note for Quality of Life initiative


Business and academic member organisation Cambridge Ahead has unveiled Professor Roderick Watkins as director and Jeremy Newsum as chair of its newly formed Quality of Life project group.

New data shows Cambridge technology companies accelerated their hiring last year, despite the uncertainties of the Brexit debates


Findings illustrate national significance of Greater Cambridge economy and underline urgency of addressing acute congestion and housing stresses to sustain growth potential.

Cambridge Ahead puts Quality of Life at the top of its agenda with latest senior level appointments


Business and academic member organisation, Cambridge Ahead is delighted to announce Professor Roderick Watkins as Director of Cambridge Ahead and Jeremy Newsum as Chair of the newly formed Quality of Life project group.

Could you be Cambridge Ahead's new Policy Advisor?


A new role is now being created to bring policy research, analysis and advice capacity to the Cambridge Ahead team – working across the wide-ranging local growth agenda.

Bridging the skills gap. How do we inspire and motivate young people to explore a wider breadth of career options?


If we are to continue to retain and attract important and innovative employers to the region, we need to ensure we are able to home-grow a workforce that is suitably trained, as a pre-requisite.

Cambridge Ahead Annual Publication 2020


Our third Annual Publication offers a comprehensive update on the projects we have been working on over the last 12 months and the initiatives we continue to take forward for the sustainable advancement of Cambridge for employers, employees and residents.

New Cambridge Ahead members boost representation of businesses beyond Cambridge city


Cambridge Ahead, the business and academic member organisation, has welcomed five new members committed to helping to shape the long-term sustainable growth of the Cambridge economy and the wider region.

Work begins on new Cambridgeshire County Council civic ‘hub’


Councillors and contractors celebrated the start on site of the ‘civic hub’, which aims to deliver environmental excellence – as well as unlocking in excess of £45m to spend on local services.

E-bikes, audiobooks and industrial 5G among technology, media and telecoms predictions for 2020


Deloitte predicts that the proportion of people who cycle to work will grow by one percentage-point over the next three years, equating to tens of billions of additional bicycle rides per year.

Deloitte boosts senior Cambridge team


As well as investing and recruiting 25 graduates and school-leavers at its Cambridge office, Deloitte has also recently welcomed partner, Fran Cousins to the local Cambridge team.

How Cambridge Ahead is helping to tackle the toughest challenges facing our city


It is arguably Cambridge’s greatest challenge – and there are signs of the struggle wherever you go. How can this historic city grow in a sustainable way? How can its enormous economic potential be maximised without ruining its special character? Jane, Harriet and Dan spoke to the Cambridge Independent about our work

Rising demand for long haul travel in London Stansted’s catchment strengthens case for airline growth in the South East


New research from London Stansted Airport and popular travel fare website Skyscanner has revealed that the airport’s catchment area is responsible for more than half of all UK demand to some of the world’s most popular destinations. 

London Stansted boosts global network with new service to India


The first ever scheduled flights to India from London Stansted will take off later this month with the launch of Air India’s three-times a week service to Amritsar in the north west of the country. 

Mount Pleasant Halls student accommodation completed for St Edmund’s College, Cambridge


Howard Osborne LLP has handed over Mount Pleasant Halls to St Edmund's College in Cambridge after completing the development.

Deloitte continues to invest in skills, technology and audit quality as it reports revenue growth of 10.9% to £3.97bn


Deloitte in the UK & Switzerland has increased revenue by 10.9% in the year ended 31 May 2019, from £3.58bn in 2018 to £3.97bn, as the firm continues to invest in each of its businesses and its people. 

A is for ‘Apprenticeship’, B is for ‘BrightStart’, C is for ‘Career’ and D is for ‘Deloitte’


Deloitte offers an alternative path to university with apprenticeship and gap-year programmes.

London Stansted Airport, international gateway to the East of England, joins Cambridge Ahead


The airport’s membership of Cambridge Ahead formalises an on-going collaborative partnership between the city and the airport.

Oxbridge office rents rising five times faster than any UK location, latest Bidwells figures reveal


Leading property consultants Bidwells is today forecasting Cambridge rents will reach £50 per sq ft over the next five years.

Cambridge Ahead Summer Publication 2019


Find out more about the projects and initiatives the Cambridge Ahead project groups have been working on throughout the year in our Summer Publication.

The winning formula behind Cambridge’s Silicon Fen success story


William Wallis, UK Correspondent at the FT explores how collaboration between academics and entrepreneurs over 30 years has transformed the Cambridge region.

New apprenticeship service launches for Greater Cambridge


The Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) today launches a new apprenticeship scheme with the express objective of creating more than 400 new apprenticeships across Greater Cambridge.

Latest Cambridge-based company growth data published


The latest data, commissioned by Cambridge Ahead, reveals year-on-year growth of Cambridge-based companies remains high compared to the rest of the UK economy.

Thousands back Greater Cambridge vision for better journeys


Thousands of people have backed action in Greater Cambridge to reduce traffic and dramatically improve public transport to achieve better journeys for everyone across the city and beyond.

Delivering R&D potential for the UK - the fundamental role of real estate


In 2018 Bidwells worked with YouGov to understand the requirements and preferences of organisations engaged in R&D activities to provide better for the industry in the future.

GCP unveils options to improve public transport and air quality


The Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) is inviting views from commuters, residents and businesses about how to cut congestion and transform public transport to give people a real alternative to using a car – helping to reduce air pollution as well as maintaining sustainable economic growth.

Call for local businesses to influence the region’s digital future


The period is now open for all organisations to contribute their ideas to the development of a Digital Sector Strategy. This newly established, independent initiative will consolidate the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA) area as a global leader of cutting-edge technology development and adoption.

Power Up skills and infrastructure to unlock region’s productivity


Harnessing productivity through skills holds the key for regional growth, according to Deloitte’s latest Power Up report.

Membership organisation, Cambridge Ahead, appoints Harriet Fear as new Chair


Cambridge Ahead, the business and academic member group dedicated to the sustainable growth of Cambridge and its region, today announced the appointment of Harriet Fear as its new Chair, effective January 1st. Harriet takes over from Ian Mather, who has chaired the organisation since its creation in 2013.

Cambridge Ahead Annual Publication 2018/19


Our second Annual Publication offers a comprehensive update on the projects we have been working on over the last 12 months. Whether you read it cover to cover, or just dip into the parts which you find most interesting, you will see that 2018 has been a particularly busy time for our organisation.

Senior appointment marks new era for Howard Group


Leading regional property developer and investor Howard Group has welcomed Werner Baumker to the Board as Group Director – Property, to facilitate the Cambridge-based firm’s next phase of growth.

Growth ambition for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough must be matched by decisive action


Growth ambition for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough must be matched by decisive action. Independent Commission stresses national importance of inclusive growth agenda in Cambridgeshire & Peterborough.

Cambridge: A city state of mind?


Cambridge has been one of the success stories of the past decade, but there are signs emerging that it needs to adopt new strategies to remain in a position of strength.

Cambridge’s growth needs to change, and communities must decide how this happens


A University of Cambridge and Cambridge Ahead report looks into the city’s future.


Four ways Cambridge could grow - but they all mean compromise


Employment growth is increasing so quickly in Cambridge that the economy is being pushed gradually out of balance.

Why growth forecasts for Cambridge are well off the mark


A landmark study is set to rewrite how we think about the city’s future and how we plan for it.

Newly published data reveals year-on-year growth of Cambridge-based companies remains strong


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.

Funding the infrastructure needed to support sustainable growth in Greater Cambridge


A Cambridge Ahead event, held in collaboration with London First and the London-Stansted-Cambridge Consortium considered the options.

Growth of Cambridge-based companies remains strong


Newly published data, commissioned by Cambridge Ahead, reveals year-on-year growth of Cambridge-based companies remains strong.

Action needed to sustain growth in Cambridgeshire & Peterborough


The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Independent Economic Review (CPIER) has today published its interim report, which has been developed by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Independent Economic Commission (CPIEC).

John Shropshire OBE, Chairman of G’s Fresh joins the Commission of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Independent Economic Review


Latest appointment secures representation for East Cambs and Fenland from leading business contributor.

PwC Cambridge spearhead initiative to hear views on the drivers of business growth across Cambridgeshire & Peterborough


New piece of qualitative research gives local businesses the opportunity to have their say via an online survey.

Cambridge Ahead Annual Publication 2017/18


This comprehensive publication tells you about the work we are currently doing as well as what we plan to do. Whether you read it cover to cover, or just dip into the parts that you find most interesting, you will see that there is a lot going on.

Support for the findings of the Greater Cambridge Mass Transport Options Assessment Report


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.

Independent economic commission to undertake a major review of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough economy


The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Independent Economic Review (CPIER) is being launched today (8th January 2018) with a call for evidence.

Cambridge City Council Peer Challenge Feedback Report


Cambridge City Council were pleased to welcome a Local Government Association peer challenge team to the council in December 2017.

Cambridge Ahead response to the Budget


Business and academic member organisation, Cambridge Ahead has welcomed the emphasis given to further investment in education, skills and local infrastructure – particularly transport, housing and digital connectivity in yesterday’s budget statement.

Cambridge Incubator Space: Engineering, IT & Digital


Authored by David Gill, Managing Director, St John’s Innovation Centre, Cambridge, this report focuses mainly on ‘dry’ facilities typically used by engineering or IT-based start-ups.

Cambridge Ahead report explores the current and future landscape of wet lab and incubator space provision for start-up and early-stage life science companies


Commissioned research examines the economics of providing commercial space for high-potential firms and highlights non-traditional funding routes as opportunities for future development.

Prime Office and Lab Rents in Cambridge Surge Ahead: Bidwells Reports


Strong demand for office and lab space in the ‘Golden Triangle’ outside of London continues to push up rents. The first half of 2017 has seen prime office and lab rents in Cambridge and Oxford surge ahead as the UK continues to refocus towards the ‘knowledge’ economy.

Cambridge Ahead announces #CambsNotspotterHack event


Cambridge Ahead is running a one-day hackathon, the #CambsNotspotterHack, following the success of their #CambsNotspotter initiative in the last 18 months.

How smart technology could help transform public transport in Greater Cambridge


Pioneering research reports exploring how ‘smart’ technology could be used to make travel easier and reduce congestion in the Greater Cambridge area and beyond, have been published today.

Affordable mass transit for Cambridge and the wider region


A report commissioned by Cambridge Ahead and the Greater Cambridge Partnership to gather technical expertise and evidence to inform future investment decisions.

Data led approach to tackling mobile and broadband connectivity notspots leads to tangible improvements and new initiatives


Over 3M connectivity data points gathered per month during the first 12 months of Cambridge Ahead’s crowdsourcing initiative #CambsNotspotter.

Cambridge Wireless Announces IoTUKBoost Cambridge Competition Finalists


Cambridge Wireless is delighted to announce the 10 SMEs shortlisted in the national IotUKBoost LPWAN Competition.

Cambridgeshire business and community leaders unite at ‘Live Lab’ event to help unleash county’s full potential


Creating a future vision for Cambridgeshire that will benefit all was the task for more than 200 participants from the county’s business, academic, public sector and community organisations who gathered at the region’s first ever ‘Live Lab’ event.

Cambridge Ahead research highlights the need to develop proactive strategies to attract teachers to the Cambridgeshire region


Commissioned research confirms that current teacher shortages and retention pose a challenge to sustaining our vibrant and high quality education system across the region.

Attracting and retaining teachers in Cambridgeshire


The supply and retention of teachers in schools has been identified as a central concern for the city and the region, particularly given that much of the economic growth in and around Cambridge is dependent on the intellectual capabilities and skill sets of its workforce.

BBC Look East report on the #CambsNotspotter launch event


Nicola Beckford of BBC Look East covers the launch of the #CambsNotspotter initiative by Cambridge Ahead which is aimed at helping make Cambridge 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.

Cambridge TV coverage of #CambsNotspotter initiative launch event


Adam Page of Cambridge TV reports from the offices of Birketts LLP at 22 Station Road in Cambridge, the venue for the launch event of the #CambsNotspotter crowdsourcing initiative.

Cutting edge research could signal transport revolution for Cambridge


Greater Cambridge City Deal is exploring the potential for a revolutionary public transport system to reduce congestion and support economic growth in and around Cambridge.

Latest data from Cambridge Ahead reveals unabated growth of Cambridge companies


New data shows that the remarkable growth of Cambridge companies that we revealed for 2014-15 continued in 2015-16.

Over 200 people attend Cambridge Ahead’s ‘Successful City’ event


Early on Wednesday 18th January, more than 200 people packed the main conference room in the Granta Centre at Granta Park, south of Cambridge, to attend Cambridge Ahead’s annual conference.

Membership and Management team grows at Cambridge Ahead


We would like to formally welcome Carter Jonas as our first new member organisation for 2017. Carter Jonas is a multi-disciplinary property consultant, charted surveyor and estates agent with a network of 37 offices across the UK.

Review of wet lab & Incubator Space for the Life Sciences


This report explores the current and future landscape of wet lab and incubator space provision for start-up and early-stage life science companies in the Cambridge sub-region.

CA Briefing no. 8 – Winter 2016


It’s been a year since our last CA Briefing. Much has happened since then, and all in the context of Devolution and City Deal negotiations, and the earthquakes of Brexit and the Trump victory. 

New initiative aims to close the Skills Gap in Cambridge


A new digital platform which aims to close the skills gap in Cambridge launches this week. Step Up provides a way for schools and businesses to connect so that young people learn about the opportunities in the region and develop the skills that will help them move from education into employment.

CA Briefing no. 7 – Winter 2015


Now re-named CA Briefing, this edition is the first since the launch of The Case for Cambridge. So unsurprisingly the Chairman’s foreword concentrates on devolution and that of the CEO on engaging with central Government. 

CA newsletter no. 6 – Spring 2015


The title of our Spring 2015 newsletter, ‘Catalyst for Change’, could be seen as a direct reference to our role in bringing about the introduction, by Stagecoach East, of a new, anti-congestion bus service between Trumpington Park & Ride and Cambridge Railway Station from April 2015.

New Quality of Life survey reveals Cambridge workers have huge respect for each other


A survey of over 4,000 Cambridge employees has revealed that 76 per cent believe people treat each other with respect while 66 per cent are happy with their work life balance. Perhaps not surprisingly in such a green city 89 per cent say they are satisfied with parks and open spaces.

CA newsletter no. 5 – Autumn 2014


Our final newsletter of 2014 looks back on our first year of existence and what we have achieved in this busy period.

CA newsletter no. 4 – Summer 2014


Our Summer issue concentrates on the ‘journey of discovery’ that we have undergone. We reveal what each of the three Project teams have discovered, their work to date, and their immediate and future plans.

CA newsletter no. 3 – May 2014


Our third newsletter giving details of CA’s progress since our launch in November 2013. The status and progress of our three agenda items are revealed – Promoting Cambridge, Quality of Life, and Cambridge Growth.

CA newsletter no. 2 – August 2013


Our second newsletter which gives details of our structure and governance and also profiles of our Chief Executive, Jane Paterson-Todd, and our inaugural Chairman, Jeremy Newsum. Our target emerging priorities are summarised.

CA newsletter no. 1 – May 2013


This, our first newsletter, sets out our origins, our purpose, how we fit with other organisations, our planned structure and outputs, and details of membership options. Our principles and objectives are laid out in an appendix.

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