About: Today Mears is one of the UK’s leading service providers to both the public and private sector with over 12,000 employees, working with clients to help develop, fund and implement their placemaking ambitions.

Our business is founded in local communities where we deliver the highest standards of care to people, their homes and their environment. We strongly believe in the benefits of combining housing and care approaches, to give the best possible service and to help tackle the deep rooted challenges to the NHS and Social Care.

Our housing teams provide rapid response and planned maintenance services for a portfolio of homes nationwide. We provide contact centre solutions, housing management, regeneration and build new homes, working with clients to help shape better places.

Our care teams deliver approximately 180,000 hours of care and support each week on behalf of 127 local authorities and a number of Clinical Commissioning Groups, and provide care services to an increasing number of people who fund their own care. Over 6,000 care workers support 30,000 people, working in every region across the UK.

The Emerald Foundation

About: The Emerald Foundation is the charitable arm of Emerald Group. The Foundation was set up in 2009 to cope with the enormous number of requests received from charities each year for support. Over the years these requests have grown and the Foundation now restricts its support to charities based in the West Riding of Yorkshire.

The aim of the Foundation is to support charities in the areas of: The Performing Arts, Sport, Animal Welfare. Our financial year is 1 January – 31 December, and twice a year consideration will be given to who might be the recipients of funds available. Any applications for support will, therefore, be held over until the next half yearly meeting.

Sky Try

About: Sky Try is all about helping more children enjoy Rugby League nationwide. It’s a ground breaking new partnership initiative between the RFL, Sky and the Rugby League Foundations.

Sky Try is the biggest ever programme of Rugby League opportunities in primary and secondary schools.

Sky Try is helping 700,000 more children and young people have fun, get active, grow in confidence and enjoy Rugby League.

The Sky Try campaign inspires children and young people through professional Rugby League clubs and major Rugby League events. Sky Try is changing the future of Rugby League by giving hundreds of thousands of children and young people a high quality introduction to the sport and helping them to find more playing local opportunities – from school teams to local community clubs and the award-winning talent pathway.

Caddick Construction

About: Caddick Construction Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of Caddick Group Plc.

Caddick Group offers a wide range of services which include Design, Construction, Civil Engineering, Property Development, Property Management, Leisure and Event Management.

Founded in 1979 the Group has evolved into the company structure it is today through carefully controlled development and expansion.

Caddick Construction Ltd has built its exemplar reputation for delivering high quality new build, refurbishment and civil construction on a 39 year heritage.

We have expertise across all property sectors and provide in-house design and technical expertise, design and build specialists and a supply chain which prides itself on delivering on budget and on time.

Child Friendly Leeds

About: Help us make something truly unique and special happen in our city: celebrating and empowering those growing up in Leeds today and building a more socially and economically successful city in the future.

Our ambition is for Leeds to be the best city for all our children and young people to grow up in. Child Friendly Leeds is the initiative for everyone who shares this ambition, from enthusiastic individuals to large organisations, every contribution counts, and we can all play our part in making a difference.

Leeds City Council



About: Founded in 1897 with shops in Scarborough and Southport, Mr Abe Berens later established a shop in Lands Lane, Leeds before his daughter Jeanne and her husband Gee Wolff took the business forward as one of the top quality retail jewelers. Four generations later, Jean’s son-in-law, Mr Jeffrey Walton and his son Simon, have expanded and developed the business whilst still continuing to focus on providing exceptional jewellery at exceptional prices, all of which are provided by some of the world’s leading manufacturers.


About: Aspire Community Benefit Society is a staff-owned, not-for-profit, social enterprise with charitable status.

We provide care and support services to adults with a learning disability. The people we support may also have a wide range of additional needs including physical disabilities, complex needs, sensory impairments and autistic spectrum disorders.

Youth Endowment Fund

About: In Summer 2020, Leeds Rhinos Foundation was one of 129 organisations awarded a grant by the Youth Endowment Fund to help support young people at-risk during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The COVID-19 grant round had two aims. Firstly, to provide targeted support to young people at-risk of being drawn into violent crime. Secondly, to learn fast about the best ways to reach vulnerable young people during a period of social distancing.

Through the COVID-19 grant round, the YEF awarded a total of £6.4m to 129 organisations across England and Wales. The funding will support the delivery of new programmes and activities, including online and virtual programmes, targeted work in schools and detached youth work.

The Youth Endowment Fund provides a generational opportunity to tackle the causes of crime and violence amongst children and young people.


First Bus Leeds

About: First Bus is one of Britain’s largest bus operators. We operate around a fifth of all local bus services outside London.We provide solutions for an increasingly congested world. It is our vision to provide easy and convenient mobility, improving quality of life by connecting people and communities.

With over 60 bus routes travelling around Leeds, you can hop off the bus anywhere and still find something exciting to see or do. Our bus services in Leeds are frequent and extremely simple to use, and we’re constantly making travel easier for you

Part of First Group, the world’s leading transport company, we help over 2 billion passengers every year to get to where they want to go. Enjoy the journey.

Commando Joe’s

About: CJ’s support thousands of schools nationwide with our established, evidence-based, government-supported programmes.

We help to enable young people to develop life skills, character traits, attributes and behaviours which have a positive impact on their educational attainment, engagement, employability and well-being. These programmes can be rolled out through bespoke delivery partners and charitable organisations in the local community on behalf of CJ’s, with full training and guidance provided. 

We can provide early intervention for those young people disengaged with their education, alongside pupils who excel academically, specialising in behaviour management, growth-mindset development and life skills education.

Our programme is designed to support all staff and pupils in any educational setting, alongside support for parents at home. We have the flexibility for schools to choose to deliver and develop a whole school approach based on what is appropriate for their school, demographic, resources and staff.

Leeds City College

About: Leeds City College is one of the largest Further Education institutions in the country and operates out of three main campuses – Park Lane, Technology and Printworks – as well as having provisions in smaller community centres across Leeds. It has 1,267 members of staff, over 20,000 students and is one of the biggest providers of apprenticeships nationally. Keighley College and Leeds College of Music are also part of the Leeds City College Group.

In September 2019, the college will be launching its brand new campus, Quarry Hill, in the heart of Leeds’ cultural quarter. It will house two of the biggest schools; Creative Arts and Social Science.

The college provides a vibrant, multicultural learning environment, delivering excellent and innovative education which is supportive, inspiring and life changing. Across the college there are 127 countries represented by students with the diverse staff population adding to that number!

Our courses cover almost all subject areas and include full and part-time academic and vocational qualifications through from basic skills to apprenticeships and A levels to foundation degrees. There is something to suit the needs of everyone from pre and post 16-year-olds to adult learners, employers and businesses.

The college strives to continually meet the needs of local employers, and provides industry standard facilities. It prides itself on building relationships with employer organisations, unions, chambers of commerce, awarding bodies and the local enterprise partnership.

In 2019, Leeds City College will be opening a brand new campus at the heart of the cultural quarter to revolutionise the college’s digital, creative arts and health science provisions.

Charlie Bretts

About: In 1919 Charles Brett opened his fish and chip restaurant in a small cottage on North Lane in Headingley. Over the years he grew the business turning it into one of the best known and loved fish and chip meccas in Yorkshire. When we took the business over a few years ago, our ethos was to keep sacred all the things that made Charlie Brett’s such a special part of the Leeds community, but freshen up the Brett’s brand.

Today at our restaurants, you will find only the best quality ingredients sourced from reputable local suppliers who share the same passion and quality as we do. Charlie Bretts at The Allerton have beautiful fish dishes that worthy of your strong consideration – and for those who wish to take a break from fish, we have some outstanding meat and vegetarian dishes that will make you see Charlie Bretts in a whole new light. We are very proud of what we have created and we hope you enjoy the Charlie Brett’s dining experience as much as we have enjoyed creating it.


About: The Yorkshire Evening Post has been at the heart of Leeds life since 1890 and continues to serve our great city with both a daily newspaper and a 24/7 website. Providing the latest news, features, sport and trending stories in Leeds and the surrounding area. We love Leeds.

ESF Events

About: With a passion for sport and over 25 years experience organising some of the UK’s most prestigious youth sporting events, ESF Events are the leading specialist sports tour operator in the UK. Since our first event in 1989, over 900,000 people have put their trust in ESF and participated in our festivals. Our promise to all youth sports teams is that we will continue to do everything possible to ensure you experience an unforgettable end of season tour of the very highest quality.

Chadwick Lawrence

About: Chadwick Lawrence Solicitors is a broad based modern solicitors firm proud of our Yorkshire heritage, we are trusted across the region to have the knowledge and experience to help in any legal situation. We are Yorkshire’s Legal People.

Leeds Beckett University

Leeds Beckett University Leeds Beckett, is a modern professional university with ambition. Based in the vibrant city of Leeds, the biggest financial district outside of London, our vision is to be acknowledged for our commitment to student success, innovation and enterprise, global reach, and strong local impact. Our aspiration is to help create great graduates, exceptional employees, dynamic citizens and enterprising leaders and we work closely with employers and partners to ensure that our graduates are ready for work, ready for life, and ready to seize the opportunities that lie ahead. A big business in its own right, they have around 2,900 staff and more than 28,000 students from almost 100 countries around the world; they contributed an estimated £477 million to the economy every year. They are rightly proud to be the only university in the UK to hold both the Customer Service Excellence award and the Investors in People Gold standard. With a 190-year history of education, which began with the founding of the Leeds Mechanics Institute in 1824, Leeds Beckett are proud of our history and excited about our future. Visit Leeds Beckett University Website