Our supporters


We would like to thank our generous supporters who have all contributed to our goal of bringing communities, groups and individuals together, regardless of their backgrounds.

Awards for All fund projects which address the issues, needs and aspirations of local communities and people. They fund a wide range of community projects aimed at developing skills, improving health, revitalising the local environment and enabling people to become more active citizens. Awards for All supported The Challenge to deliver 'Ignite' events across the North West, bringing hundreds of young people together across the region to gain new skills and explore their next steps into the world of work or further education.



The Barrow Cadbury Trust is an independent charitable foundation, committed to bringing about socially just change. They provide grants to grassroots community groups and campaigns working in deprived communities in the UK, with a focus on Birmingham and the Black Country. As joint sponsor of the Social Integration Commission, the Trust helps to raise the profile of social integration issues across the UK.



Thomson Reuters is the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals. They are a member of the Social Business Trust and have provided mentoring support to The Challenge.



The Big Lottery Fund gives out millions from the National Lottery to causes which improve health, education and the environment. The Big Lottery Fund awarded a grant to The Challenge to help develop our NCS programme.



Bloomberg is a global software, media and data company. Bloomberg has been a key supporter for the HeadStart programme, providing funding and support as the programme grows.



British Gas is the nation’s largest energy provider but as a business they do more than just supply Britain’s homes and businesses with gas and electricity. As a member of the Social Business Trust and a joint sponsor of the Social Integration Commission, British Gas has helped us to raise the profile of the issue of social integration across the UK, as well as providing mentoring support to The Challenge. 



The Dulverton Trust is an independent grant-making charity and company limited by guarantee. It was established by Deed in 1949 by the 1st Lord Dulverton to provide funds for such charitable institutions or purposes as the Trustees might from time to time determine. The Trustees continue to provide support for a wide range of charities operating mainly in England, Scotland or Wales. Since its foundation, the Dulverton Trust has made grants totalling over £85 million, which have provided much-needed support to thousands of charities.

The Trust enabled the delivery of The Challenge Society in the West Midlands.



As a core programme partner and founding business member of HeadStart London, the Berkeley Foundation supports HeadStart with funding, as well as working with the Berkeley Group to host workshops and work experience placements for the young participants. This year, Berkeley Group ran workshops on the development cycle, from land buying, through construction, to sales and marketing.


The Greater London Authority is the governing body covering all London boroughs. The GLA - through Team London - has been a critical supporter of the HeadStart programme in London providing leadership, funding and support to enable the programme to grow.



Heathrow Community Fund is part of an independently run grant-making charity LHR, Airport Communities Trust, which makes donations to community projects local to the airport. Heathrow Community Trust have been key supporters of both The Challenge Society and HeadStart programme - helping to fund and enable both programmes to work with increasing numbers of young people within communities close to Heathrow.



John Hart

John Hart was one of the first supporters of The Challenge, and became an Honorary Graduate of The Challenge in 2010. He continues to be a dedicated patron of the programme.



Clifford Chance is one of the world's pre-eminent law firms, with significant depth and range of resources across five continents. Clifford Chance is one of the members of the Social Business Trust and have provided The Challenge with invaluable legal advice over a number of years.



Lloyds Banking Group are a financial services group with millions of UK customers with a presence in nearly every community. They are focused on retail and commercial financial services and pride themselves on how they serve their customers, the relationships within the communities they serve and in helping Britain prosper. Lloyds Banking Group have been a key collaborator on the HeadStart programme, guaranteeing interviews to young people who complete 16 hours of volunteering in their community.



Permira is a global investment firm that finds and backs successful businesses with ambition. As a member of the Social Business Trust, Permira has supported business planning and strategy development at The Challenge since 2010.



The NCS Trust is a not-for-profit social enterprise established to shape, support, champion and lead a thriving National Citizen Service.


The New Look story began in 1969 as a single fashion store in the UK. From there, they have grown to become a leading fast-fashion brand, with over 600 stores throughout the UK/ROI and over 200 across Europe, China, North Africa, the Middle East and Asia. They are also one of the key collaborators on the HeadStart programme, guaranteeing interviews to young people who complete 16 hours of volunteering in their community.


The Peter Cruddas Foundation focuses on programmes designed to help disadvantaged young people develop their potential. The Peter Cruddas Foundation has been a cornerstone funder of The Challenge, and in 2009 Peter Cruddas became the first Honorary Graduate of The Challenge.



The story of SBT’s work with The Challenge is told in a short video. In the five minute film, SBT’s CEO, Adele Blakebrough MBE tells how it brought together its ‘dream team’ of corporate partners, to provide hands-on business expertise and targeted cash grants to help great social enterprises grow. 

Oliver Lee OBE, CEO of The Challenge said: “SBT has played a vital part in the transformation of The Challenge from a small local charity into one with national scale and influence. As a result, many thousands more people have been helped through our work. Their impact is phenomenal.” 

That help has included, but not limited too:
• Development of growth and sales strategies by Bain & Company
• Extensive legal support from Clifford Chance
• Project management assistance from EY
• Sustained business development advice from Permira

SBT has worked closely with The Challenge since early 2011, providing cash grants and substantial, sustained in-kind business support across the organisation. For more information on how the SBT is currently supporting The Challenge, have a read here.    

Since 1971, Starbucks has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting the highest quality arabica coffee in the world. Starbucks have been a key collaborator on the HeadStart programme, guaranteeing interviews to young people who complete 16 hours of volunteering in their community.



Bain & Company is one of the world's leading management consulting firms. As a member of the Social Business Trust, Bain & Company has supported the development of strategy at The Challenge, including working with our NCS Sales team and our HeadStart programme.



The University of Central Lancashire is one of the leading universities in the North West of England, and has supported The Challenge since 2011. UCLan has been a prime venue for the NCS programme each year, and has helped provide opportunities to young people on the programme by supplying literature around university options.



Credit Suisse is one of the world’s leading financial services providers. As a member of the Social Business Trust, Credit Suisse has provided The Challenge with support and advice on IT and data security.



Zendesk is a software development company that provides cloud-based software that makes it easy to deliver better customer service. Zendesk has been a key supporter for the HeadStart programme, providing funding and support as the programme grows.



EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. As one of the members of the Social Business Trust, EY supported The Challenge with change management and the setup of our Step Forward programme.