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.

South West Co-operative Support Limited

Consultants: 14

South West Co-operative Support is the consortium of specialist co-operative development organisations in the South West providing advice to start up and existing co-operatives and community benefit societies in any business sector.  We have a team of 14 accredited social enteprise advisers with many years experience in this field including specialist expertise around investment readiness including advising on community shares as well as raising finance from a variety of other sources.  Co-operative and Community Finance are the oldest, and a highly sucessful, community development finance institution in the UK and they are partners with SWCS for Big Potential.


Consultants: 3

Resonance is a social impact investment company with over 14 years of experience working with social enterprises throughout the UK.  We help social enterprises prepare for and raise capital from investors who value both their impact ambition and business model.   We have particular expertise in homelessness, community-led projects, education, health, social care and criminal justice.  We also create and manage impact investment funds and currently over £100m under management.  The Resonance team of 30, works from offices in Launceston, Manchester, Bristol and London. 

Social Finance

Consultants: 6

We are dedicated to finding ways to raise capital through robust investment propositions and are committed to driving financial innovation in the sector by designing investment products that deliver measurable social and financial return. We also have a broad range of research and advisory capabilities with which to enhance understanding and engagement with the social investor market.


Consultants: 4

Acevo is the association representing chief executives of VCSE organisations and as such we offer solutions that are based on a solid understanding of issues facing the third sector.

We provide tailored investment readiness support packages that recognise the barriers that VCSE organisations often face when taking on social investment - from risk aversity, to unfamiliarity with investment techniques to help with financial modelling.

Eastside Primetimers

Consultants: 33

Eastside Primetimers is a national management consultancy with a difference, working exclusively for VCSEs.


We help Senior Managers and Boards to grow and develop pioneering organisations, bringing alive their ambitions for greater impact and financial sustainability.


Since 2004 the organisation has raised over £70m in contracts and investments. It has a high win rate for clients, which is due to its strong relationships with investors and a wide ranging experience of funding growth for social organisations.


If you have an inquiry, call us now on 020 7250 8337 or email [email protected] and we can help assign the best consultant for you.


Consultants: 4

Big Potential Advanced and Breakthrough provider


Baxendale has 15 years’ track record supporting the creation and success of high-impact organisations that address some of society’s biggest challenges. Through our unique combination of business advice and investment we help VCSEs survive and thrive in tough and often highly competitive markets.


To date, we have supported over 80 organisations to secure more than £510m in new contracts and £50m of investments.


Our support offer includes:


  • Developing detailed business and investment cases
  • Structuring investment deals
  • In-depth market analysis to support sustainable growth strategies
  • End-to-end bid support for new contracts
  • Measuring social impact


Our team of specialists have experience of working within the public sector, from inside Whitehall and senior public commissioning appointments, to commercial roles in Big Four Consultancies and bid writing for international charities.


To date we have had an 91% success rate in supporting our clients to achieve Big Potential funding.