We would like to acknowledge the following supporters for their commitment to advancing social mobility:

The SMC is an independent statutory body (an organisation created by an Act of Parliament). In line with the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016, it is a continuation of the body previously called the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission.
The commission is comprised of a chair and commissioners who are appointed by a public appointments process. A small secretariat, based in London, supports the SMC.

To find out more, please visit our website:

The Institute for Apprenticeships ensures apprenticeships and technical education are the best quality to improve provision in England, support the UK economy, and give everyone a brighter future.

We develop apprenticeships and technical education qualifications that combine high-quality education provision with training for key skills. We ensure apprentices can achieve and continue achieving after their training has ended.
We are an independent, employer-led organisation.

To find out more, please visit our website:

The DWP is the UK’s biggest public service department.
Its priorities are to run an effective welfare system that enables people to achieve financial independence by providing assistance and guidance into employment, and to create a fair and affordable welfare system which improves the life chances of children. The department is a major commissioner of external social science research, providing the evidence base needed to inform departmental strategy, policy-making and delivery. The Department works with 400+ National Employers/Partners.

To find out more, please visit our website:

LTSB is a national charity that achieves transformational impact through our holistic employment programme. We support young people and employers with recruitment and on-boarding processes, helping employers develop more diverse workforces and inclusive cultures. We provide pastoral support, mentoring and enrichment activities to help young people successfully transition into work and progress in their careers. 93% of employers said they would hire more young people through LTSB – the remaining 7% said they would, but have no positions available!

To find out more, please visit our website:

The Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (ICRS) is the UK’s professional body for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CRS). It currently has around 1,100 individual and 55 organisational members, including some of the UK’s largest companies.

Established in 2014 by a group of senior professionals, our mission is to help individuals and companies be brilliant at CRS. We do this by supporting and recognising people and companies for their achievements in CRS. We offer a wide range of resources – including an extensive programme of webinars and events – to support our members as they address significant social, environmental and ethical challenges.

To find out more, please visit our website:


TheCityUK is the industry-led body representing UK-based financial and related professional services. In the UK, across Europe and internationally, we promote policies that drive competitiveness, support job creation and ensure long-term economic growth. The industry contributes over 10% of the UK’s total economic output and employs 2.3 million people, with two thirds of these jobs outside London. It is the largest tax payer, the biggest exporting industry and generates a trade surplus almost equivalent to all other net exporting industries combined.

To find out more, please visit our website:

The Law Society of Scotland is the professional body for over 11,000 solicitors in Scotland. One of our many strategic remits is to influence good practice and drive change in the legal profession, including social mobility. We work with all stages of the pipeline, from making the case for fair access to legal employers and educating on good recruitment practices, to outreach projects with schools and colleges to raise aspirations and showcase opportunities in law.

To find out more, please visit our website:

The Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) is the representative body for companies which work day-to-day to deliver, upgrade, and maintain the country’s infrastructure.

With more than 300 members based in Scotland, Wales, and the six English regions, CECA represents firms who, together, carry out an estimated 70-80 per cent of all civil engineering activity in the UK, in the key sectors of transport, energy, communications, waste and water.

Contact: Marie-Claude Hemming, Director of External Affairs, CECA


T: 0207 340 0453

The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) is the professional association for 20,000 Chartered Legal Executive lawyers, paralegals and other legal practitioners in England and Wales. For more than 50 years, we have been offering unparalleled access to a flexible career in law. CILEx believes in progress through knowledge. We work closely with Government and the Ministry of Justice and are recognised in England and Wales as one of the three core approved regulators of the legal profession alongside barristers and solicitors.

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The Guild of Human Resource Professionals was established in 2015 to give back to the community through grant-making and pro-bono services as well as to our profession via education and career support. Both the HR Guild – and our Charitable Trust – are proud to support Making the Leap as part of our commitment to social mobility and employability. We look forward to hearing how firms are progressing and winning awards on this important issue.

For more details please visit

20:40 is a not-for-profit Membership organisation, helping prepare the next generation of leaders for the next paradigm of business and social progression. Members are leaders in their field across technology, the arts, finance, government, sport and beyond, passionate about making a positive impact beyond their day-to-day roles.

For more details please visit 20:40| LinkedIn

We help clients build connected, effective, relevant organisations. Where your ‘Why’ is communicated with clarity and consistency. How do we do this? In ways, and through the channels, that are right for your organisation and your people. It could be anything from the look and feel for a change initiative, a three-year strategic brand development plan or a sustainable attraction campaign, telling your people’s stories, and building your brand from the inside, out. But it will always be thought-through, fit-for-purpose and beautifully realised.

We are the trade association for the UK's games and interactive entertainment industry; a not-for-profit, representing businesses from micro studios to multinationals, developers, publishers and service companies, working across online, mobile, console, PC, esports and immersive. It’s our mission to make the UK the best place to make, sell and play games.

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Contact name: Dominic Shaw, EDI Coordinator:

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The Russell Group represents 24 leading UK universities. We believe people and ideas are the key to meeting global challenges.

We work closely with Government and other stakeholders to improve access for disadvantaged students. Improving access to university means talented individuals have the opportunity to achieve success whatever their background or circumstances. From admissions and outreach to inclusive physical spaces and pastoral support, our universities want to draw from the widest possible pool of talent.

Future First is the only UK education charity connecting state school and college pupils, of all backgrounds and abilities, to former students they can truly relate to and aspire to be like.

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Bright Network connects the next generation with the opportunities, insights, and advice to succeed as the workforce of tomorrow. As the UK’s largest careers network, we use proprietary data and technology to connect our 600k+ members with over 250+ employers including Google, Accenture, Goldman Sachs, PwC and Bain & Company.

To find out more, please visit our website:

Boost Awards - A helping hand when entering these awards
Boost is the world’s first and largest award entry consultancy with a 25-strong team of the most experienced award entry writers anywhere, should you need a helping hand when entering awards.

Using Boost not only frees up your time, it increases your chances of winning awards by tapping into the expertise of the most experienced award entry writers in the world by far (helping clients win over 1,700 awards). They have written multiple winning entries for The SOMOs in the past. Uniquely, they also offer evaluation services and can help with surveys and collecting of evidence – vital in turning a standard award entry into a winning one.

For more information about their services, to view their awards database or subscribe to receive free monthly ‘Email Deadline Reminders’, please visit

The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally-successful UK.

Progress Together works to level the playing field, to create a financial services sector in the UK in which everyone working in it, from all socio-economic backgrounds, is both enabled and has the opportunity to achieve their full potential.

A diverse workforce brings different perspectives that lead to better decision-making, new approaches and higher productivity. By making the most of all talent within the firm, organisations maximise competitiveness.

Focussing specifically on progression and retention, Progress Together supports employers to share best practice with peers and clients, benchmark against each other in a safe environment, and boost collective efforts.

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The UK Social Mobility Awards is a fundraising initiative for the registered charity, Making The Leap.

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