David Waterfall

Consultants: 1

I'm an experienced self-employed consultant, able to draw on over 15 years of varied expertise from working across the country in the public, private and third sectors. I specialise in offering support that delivers growth for organisations in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector, developing resilience and financially viable futures. I'm approved under the Breakthough strand, and also as a Contract Readiness Provider under the Advanced strand. 

Have a look at what I could offer - www.dpwaterfall.com

Economic Change CIC

Consultants: 2

Economic Change can help you to secure social investment by helping you to get investment ready. We provide management solutions to help organisations improve their efficiency, sustainability and socio-economic impact. 

We assist our clients to:
- undertake market research to develop their business proposition
- develop a robust business plan
- evaluate and demonstrate their impact
- implement a Salesforce CRM system to manage the team performance, delivery, and impact measurement

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. 

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 

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:

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



Social Enterprise Support Centre Ltd

Consultants: 2

SESC provides expert support for not for profit groups and organisations looking to develop trading strategies. We will advise on the appropriate business model for your legal form; help to devise strategies to access particular sectors such as health and social care, community services, catering, recycling, criminal justice, arts, childcare etc.  Sales and marketing training using tried and tested tools together with business planning and strategy setting. We will support your growth plans whether through merger or asset development and help with finding investment.

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.