National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)

Consultants: 9

The NCVO team of consultants are all senior level experts in specialist fields (e.g. social finance, bidding for contracts, consortium development, impact measurement, scaling up) and have themsleves held senior roles in charities. We underestand the complex challenges faced by today's charity and social enterprise leaders. We are happy to work with organsiatons based anywhere in England. 

RZ Hankins Consultancy

Consultants: 3

We will guide you through all the stages you need to go through to be ready to bid for contracts worth over £1M.  With 25+ years experience each of working in and with charities and social enterprises, we are perfectly placed to support you from our knowledge and experience.

Social Enterprise Marketing

Consultants: 2

Founded in 2010, we are an innovative Marketing,Communications and Social Business Development organisation with a Vision to become a leading enterprise in sustainable social business growth development. 

We specialise in delivering a range of tailored strategies, campaigns and workshops in;

- Strategic Marketing (online and offline and new digital technology)

- Social Impact Marketing 

- Brand Development 

- Content and Communications Marketing 

- CSR modelling 

- Online Marketing 

- Campaign Development 


Consultants: 2

Locality is the national network of ambitious and enterprising community-led organisations.  Our team of business advisors operate right across England and have significant experience of supporting both Investment Readiness and Contract Readiness projects.  We have supported investment and contract readiness projects in the fields of: heritage buildings, managed workspace development, renewable energy, childcare and health, and in the past three years (2013-2015) have supported organisations to raise investment and win contracts to the value of over £12m.  We are interested in talking to a

The Learning Team Consultancy Ltd

Consultants: 2

The Learning Team Consultancy Ltd's aim is to enable voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations to develop, improve, survive and grow. We work with all organisations from small community groups to larger organisations and our services are flexible and accessible to meet the needs of the client organisation.  We are based in Newcastle upon Tyne and work across the North of England and further afield.

Through the Big Potential programme we are able to offer support in the following areas:

Bidright UK

Consultants: 4

Bidright provides end-to-end bidding and associated contract readiness services to a range of organisations, from large companies turning over £50m+ through to small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) and social enterprises. Our clients operate predominantly within education/skills and welfare to work sectors. We also have expertise with young people, offenders, families, health+sport, disabilities, art+culture.


Consultants: 8

Aleron is a social impact consulting firm dedicated to helping individuals, organisations, and governments to create positive change in society. We believe that with the right resources, tools, and knowledge, it is possible to solve even the most egregious social problems through individual and collective action. 

At Aleron, we have passion for solving social problems and a sincere desire to help our clients improve their impact. Our team stimulates new ideas and fresh thinking. We have seen first-hand the tremendous impact that social action can have in transforming society – whether lobbying for fairer laws or enriching the life of a child in need. 


Acumen CIC and UNW LLP

Consultants: 1

UNW is a leading independent firm of chartered accountants based in Newcastle with experience of advising charities and social enterprises to secure investment. We are working in partnership with Acumen CIC who support social entrepreneurs and enable social enterprises to start, develop and grow their businesses.

The Ideas Mine CIC

Consultants: 5

The Ideas Mine has just celebrated its tenth anniversary. Over that time we have worked with a wide range of voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations, helping to build them (and sometimes the buildings they work from) and position them to achieve their potential.

We specialise in

  • Strategic business development
  • Social investment strategy and development
  • Social Return on Investment
  • Asset development
  • Governance and board development
  • Product development
  • Policy development