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. 

Aleron

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

 

 

Mutual Ventures

Consultants: 11

Mutual Ventures is a socially focussed consultancy operating nation wide and committed to supporting VCSEs to grow sustainably. We have worked with social enterprises and charities across the UK to develop growth strategies, implement effective processes, and secure new business and investment. We are specialists at supporting organisations to bid for public sector contracts.

We are a friendly team with a deep knowledge of public sector commissioning and the challenges faced by social enterprises and charities. Our consultants bring expertise from a variety of backgrounds in the voluntary sector, local government, and the commercial sector.      

We can support you with all aspects of contract readiness, including:

  • business development – identifying opportunities, writing bids and responding to tenders
  • strategy and business planning – evaluating your position in the market, examining your operating model, and testing your financial resilience
  • process improvement – improving management information and developing a opportunities/sales pipeline
  • capturing social value – developing a robust social value proposition and using it to create a competitive advantage in bids.

To date, we have had a 100% success rate in supporting our clients secure Big Potential Advanced funding.

To learn more about us, visit our website. If you would like to have a chat about working together, call us on (020) 3714 3900 or contact us via email.

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.

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