We are a team of Business Specialists, nationally recognised for our expertise and abilities in investment readiness, risk management, marketing and growth. Our approach is a proven model that combines targeted technical support with appropriate one to one mentoring, with the sole aim of getting the right form of investment for your business model.
Our advisors all have their own specific skill-sets and experience. To help you understand what they can offer, you can read more about their experience below.
Steve has over 30 years’ experience at senior level in social enterprise, media development and project management. He is currently Managing Director of Community Media Solutions, a specialist social enterprise working in the UK and internationally to support civil society voices and communication rights. Previously he was Chief Executive of the Community Media Association, the UK sector body which has been instrumental in the growth and development of the UK community media sector. He has also served as President of the World Association of Community Broadcasters, an international non-governmental organisation with members in 120 countries and regional offices on five continents.
Key skills: strategic planning, project management, business and financial modelling, access to finance, legal and governance models, media and communications.
Jane has been supporting the development of community and voluntary sector organisations for twenty-five years. In 2013 – 2014, she helped six organisations to attract a total of £1.3million from public sector contracts, lottery funds and charitable trusts.
Key skills: project development; preparing for investment; securing funding
Morgan is an entrepreneur, having founded ESP Projects Limited, the highly successful IT services social enterprise. He took the company from nothing to a near £1m turnover and won Social Entrepreneur of the Year.
Now, Morgan uses his experience to advise and support other social enterprises and start-ups.
Key skills: startup support; business planning; strategic thinking; product and service development; sales and cashflow forecasting; people management; access to finance and investment readiness; website and social media advice
Neil has been running his own business support consultancy for over fourteen years and has supported over 400 social enterprises. Providing pre and post investment support, Neil has worked for The Social Investment Business covering a full cross-section of funds.
Neil has written a sustainability toolkit ‘Built to Last’ which is used by entrepreneurs internationally and has undertaken the evaluation of innovation within the Social Enterprise Investment Fund, a £100m social investment fund.
Key skills: strategic planning; business development; executive coaching; financial forecasting; marketing.
Tony has acted as a Chief Executive for 23 years and for the last 12 years he has worked as a funding manager. Tony also acts at a non-executive level in a wide range of businesses and organisations.
Tony has led the management of the South Yorkshire Investment Fund of £55m, investing in SMEs and also acted as the Managing Director of Finance South Yorkshire.
Key skills: Strategic planning; business development; executive coaching and mentoring; financial forecasting; networking and partnership development; marketing; human resource development.
Peter sold his own venture capital business in 2009 and now provides strategic advice to SMEs. His specialisms include assisting businesses to overcome barriers to growth and helps them to access finance.
Peter is a member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, a professional member of the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs and Non-Executive Director at Connect Yorkshire and The Recycling Fund, promoting investments into early stage technology companies.
Key skills: strategic planning; business development; executive coaching and mentoring; financial forecasting.
Neil is the Chief Financial Officer at Element Society, Senior Financial Manager at Groundwork South Yorkshire and Director of Hodgson Finance.
He specialises in providing financial and strategic planning to organisations within the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector and providing financial advice and coaching.
Key skills: strengthening financial modeling; improving reporting and controls; strengthening managerial and financial capabilities.
Richard is the Managing Director of Integreat Plus, a social enterprise that works across Yorkshire and the Humber to encourage collaboration between local people, local authorities & professionals to create places that benefit everyone.
Richard has over 20 years experience of place making, regeneration, housing, cultural and creative industires, social enterprise and economic development. He has been the Programme Director for Yorkshire Forward’s Regional Centre of Excellence for Renaissance, Regeneration and Place Making skills.
Key skills: community regeneration; CDI sector development, place review, 3D visualization, brief writing, feasibility studies, design enabling, business planning, neighbourhood plans, community and economic development.
Julie has headed up Business Commerce and Tourism at Doncaster Council and also worked as the programme manager for Success Doncaster, a multi-million pound project to increase entrepreneurial activity in all its forms. Her previous roles have also included driving programme development and liaising with partners to successfully deliver contracts of over £17million in social investment deals for Key Fund Yorkshire. This role afforded opportunities to work at the cutting edge of the social economy.
Successfully managing and marketing businesses in both the private and social sectors has equipped Julie with skills and expertise in the ‘hands on’ running of a business. This, coupled with her energetic personality that thrives on a challenge, means she is the right person to add stakeholder value.
Key skills: business planning and implementation; senior management development; social investment; project and contract management.
Nick is an experienced consultant with over 20 years experience of working at strategic and managerial levels in, for and with the public, private and third sectors. Hers is a solution focused, deadline driven, pragmatic, no nonsense approach and she brings first hand experience of the need to innovate, adapt and network to survive and thrive.
She has previously supported organisations to: Develop new trading activities; Increase trading income; Undertake robust feasibility studies; Commercialize products and services; Secure new routes to market; Develop partnership and new networks; Write useable business plans; Undertake governance reviews ; Achieve change management; Develop strong marketing offers; Demonstrate social impact and to broker in appropriate skills and experience.
She is committed to having a thriving and professional social economy and is able to bring her broad range of experience to support organisations become more sustainable and resilient, whilst continuing to deliver their social aims and objectives.
Sarah has been working in the Social Enterprise sector for over 20 years. She has specific expertise and skills in developing childcare businesses including , business and financial planning, sustainability and new project development including assett transfers and capital project development.
Relevant Experience :
- Previous CEO of Sheffield Community Enterprise Development Unit, a regional company limited by guarantee specialising in social enterprise business development and provision of managed workspace
- Senior programme manager for a National Lottery funded early years programme.
- Specialist knowledge in developing childcare and national representative on DFE steering group
With 22 years experience as an O.D. consultant accross the community, voluntary, public and private sectors, I bring a wealth of knowledge, wisdom and practical experience to the role as a consultant. I offer person centred approaches that enable CEO's, managing directors, operational managers and frontline staff, to appreciate, understand and manage organisation change, without jeopardising organisation values and objectives.