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lay the groundwork (for something)

To create or prepare the basics or essential foundation (for something); to pave the way (for something). Our success with this healthcare bill wouldn't be possible, had the previous administration not laid the groundwork already. As CEO of the company, I laid the groundwork for one of the most successful international firms in the country.
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Groundwork projects include: | Young people from Wearside helped |to brighten up gardens at Grace House, in Southwick, ahead of the opening of the respite facility.
Those not in education, employment or training can join Groundwork staff at the 13 hectare site to get a feel for working in the open air and improve their job prospects by taking part in team building and practical outdoor activity skills.
When looking back over the growth and development of Groundwork in the region during the last three decades, it has been both humbling and heartening to see how it has helped individuals and communities overcome, often, challenging circumstances to transform lives and communities.
Since launching in February 2012, more than 60 companies have been through Groundwork Labs, with 15 having raised more than $1.
Groundwork have now been allocated a further 164 opportunities for North Wales during 2014-15, and are looking for employers who could offer a young person aged between 16-24 years old a newly created employment opportunity that is sustainable in the future.
To kick-start the project in Kirklees, Groundwork teamed up with Lyn Royd Sheltered Housing Complex in Linthwaite to improve its community garden with the help of residents and members of the local community.
For further information on Groundwork projects in Wales or to view a copy of the Impact Report, visit www.
Karen Balmer, Executive Director, Groundwork North Wales, added: "We are delighted with the success of our 20th anniversary event, which has given us the opportunity to thank our partners, volunteers, stakeholders , board and staff for their hard work and support, and to demonstrate the impact which our distinctive approach to regeneration delivers in North Wales.
Timmermann's 'Acting from Duty: Inclination, Reason and Moral Worth' (Chapter 3) defends Kant's much-disputed Groundwork I claim that morally good action must be done from duty alone.
Groundwork has been managing employment projects since the early 1980s.
Groundwork Kent and Medway was selected as the design and build partner and put together plans to link the footpath network around the site, install a flight of steps leading to the top tier of the site to replace a muddy slope.
A new release of GroundWork Monitor has been announced by GroundWork Open Source Inc, an open source IT management company, incorporating what it claims is the first Services-Oriented Architecture (SOA) development framework for Open Source IT Management.
Groundwork UK, formally opened its new Lockside offices with a reception for funders and local partners.
Groundwork UK beat two other causes in the week-long phone vote which Mirror readers took part in.