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. 

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.

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



Northern Social Investment Group Ltd

Consultants: 2

Northern Social Investment Group came about in 2013 as a group of painfully experienced social entreprenuers who had become increasingly frustrated at the slow growth of the social investment sector. Many of us remembered the early days of the Social Investment Task Force and the drive to develop new investment instruments which would fill the gap for appropriate finance in social enterprises.

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.

Sporting Assets

Consultants: 6

Sporting Assets provides a bespoke and comprehensive business development service for community sports organisations.

We help organisations who are looking to secure social investment, develop new facilities, secure asset transfers or develop new revenue streams.We are both Big Potential Breakthrough and Big Potential Advanced Approved Providers.

Our two key specialisms are;

Fresh Management Solutions

Consultants: 6

We think that life is complicated enough without advice and learning that is loaded with theory and jargon! As social entrepreneurs in our own right our approach is practical and relevant because we deal with the challenges of investment readiness in our own organisations.

We have a strong track record in business planning, governance, financial planning and social investment with the skills, knowledge and experience to best position you for a successful fundraising programme and a sustainable organisation in the longer term.
We are proud of our work, our client relationships and the positive feedback we receive. This has been achieved through a practical solutions-based approach and commitment to our clients’ success.

BE Group

Consultants: 6

BE Group was established in 2007 with the purpose to help business succeed and grow, which is as clear a purpose today as it was then.  We are particularly proud of the strong social purpose that runs throughout the business from our governance structure of being owned by a non-charitable and employee ownership trust, to every individual in our team of 125.