Social Enterprise & Co-operative Development [SECOD]

Consultants: 2

SECOD is a social enterprise co-operative consortium only working with third sector organisations.
Established in 2006, we provide advice, support and specialist skills to organisations wishing to achieve greater sustainability via business methods. SECOD has helped over 150 VCSE organisations, small & medium sized, across the North of England to commence operations & projects, expand their trading options and develop investment readiness processes & procedures.
Client specific growth investment funding advice includes a wide range of options best suited to the individual enterprise. This includes grants, mortgages, loans & results based performance vehicles.

ATQ Consultants

Consultants: 3

ATQ is both a Big Potential Breakthrough and Advanced provider


ATQ supports VCSEs and other organisations to:

  • become investment ready, and raise capital for start-up, growth or specific contracts, including Social Impact Bonds (SIBs); 
  • sustain and grow their enterprises, by analysing markets and identifying opportunities and prospects within them; and
  • gear up to operate in competitive, commercial markets and win specific contracts. 

We are ATQ because we always aim to “answer the question” put to us by our clients.

The Social Investment Consultancy

Consultants: 3

TSIC was founded in 2008 by three social entrepreneurs with the goal of creating more effective partnerships between the for and non-profit sectors. We now have a team of six staff in London with backgrounds and experience ranging from management consulting and finance to social entrepreneurship and international development. We also work with a range of associates and have offices in New York and Dubai.

We offer services to VCSEs in the following areas:

CAN Invest

Consultants: 6

CAN has experience of being both an investor and investee. As a result, we have valuable expertise, knowledge and partner networks that are necessary in supporting organisations to attract investment and become longstanding sustainable businesses.

Adrian Ashton

Consultants: 1

Having been employed in various strategic & management roles within a range of charities, private companies, public bodies, and social enterprises, I operate in a freelance capacity, offereing a range of enterprise support services that include: feasibility studies, business planning, financial modeling, training, research, impact reporting, quality assurance, and investment and contract readiness.

These are offered to start-up and existing groups through direct consultancy and funded programmes, with clients including enterprise agencies, national sector bodies, government departments, universities, and faith bodies. They have also led my my gaining reputations with national sector bodies, and being awarded fellowships of several Institutes and attracting international interest.

I have also been a nominated lead advisor within several of these programmes in relation to specific sectors as well as disability, faith, social media, and offenders.

Plunkett Foundation

Consultants: 8

Plunkett helps communities to raise the investments they need to make an impact. We specialise in helping communities to invest in a local community run and managed enterprises and are best known for our work supporting the development of village shops, pubs, cafes, farms and woodlands, plus everything in between.

We are also highly experienced in building community share portfolios that encourage a large quantity of low value share investments by a community, which result in mass participation and ownership.  To date, Plunkett has supported one third of all community share issues ever undertaken in the UK.

Business planning is one of Plunkett's strengths. We want organisations to be financially sustainable in the long-term. Helping communities and social enterprises with business planning and financial management are key elements of this.

We also help organisations to understand the legal structure options available to them and can register Community Benefit Societies.  If you would like an informal chat about working with Plunkett please do call our friendly team on 01993 814 386.

South East Co-operative Support

Consultants: 10

South East Co-operative Support Limited has been providing professional support to co-operatives & democratic community owned enterprises (including those issuing community shares) since 2002. Our skilled, experienced, team of third sector business specialists provide quality assured enterprise development services including organisation design, legal registration, business planning, improving governance, market development, human resources and other management systems, investment readiness, financial planning and support with accessing appropriate investment that doesn't compromise social ownership and social impact.

Radical Capital

Consultants: 2

Radical Capital is a social venture intermediary for ambitious social enterprises and trading charities.  Radical Capital enables clients to become investment ready and to develop good governance, strategy and culture.  Radical Capital works with and matches to social investors, business angels and other funders.