URPotential have successfully gained Investor In People and Living Wage employer status. We also hold Charter Marks in Lancashire LGBT and Young People’s Hear By Rights Gold award. We are an Approved provider for Mentoring and Befriending Foundation and have direct status for the awarding bodies ABC, AQA and Open awards.



Investors in People

Since 1991 Investors in People has set the standard for better people management. Our internationally recognised accreditation is held by 14,000 organisations across the world. The Standard defines what it takes to lead, support and manage people well for sustainable results.


Lancashire LGBT Quality Mark

The Lancashire LGBT Quality Mark is a quality assurance programme for service providers. First introduced in 2015, the Quality Mark was developed as an updated version of the former Navajo LGBT Charter Mark. The programme assists service providers to help measure how well the needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans service users, volunteers and staff are being met.



ABC Awards (ABC) is an Awarding Organisation in the United Kingdom with an established reputation for quality and customer service. ABC is recognised by the regulatory bodies as an awarding organisation whose qualifications meet the criteria applied by Ofqual and are eligible for funding under the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and the Young People’s Learning Agency (YLPA).

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Open Awards

Set up in 1981, we’ve been in business for over 30 years.  During that time we’ve helped thousands of learners get a start on the education ladder, return to learn, achieve the qualifications to help their careers and to progress into University. We were the first to design qualifications and courses based on credit accumulation so that learners could achieve in “bite sized” chunks.  We designed the units and qualifications that are now the basis of the Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF). As pioneers and champions of credit we are the experts in the field and we use all of this experience to design new qualifications.

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The MBF network is a growing community of over 2,000 organisations and individuals interested in the growth and development of mentoring and befriending.  By becoming a member you can access the expertise and services of MBF as well as share information, network and discuss ideas to enhance your experiences and knowledge. The Approved Provider Standard (APS) aims to increase the effectiveness and quality of mentoring and befriending. APS is the national quality standard specifically designed for mentoring and befriending projects.



AQA is an independent education charity and the largest provider of academic qualifications taught in schools and colleges. We set and mark the papers for around half of all GCSEs and A-levels taken every year. Our qualifications are internationally recognised and taught in around 30 countries around the world. They are highly valued by employers and universities and enable young people to progress to the next stage of their lives. Our qualifications suit a range of abilities and include GCSEs, IGCSEs, A-levels, the Extended Project Qualification and the AQA Baccalaureate.