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

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.

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.

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.

Social Enterprise Lancashire Network (Selnet Ltd)

Consultants: 5

Selnet incorporated in 2005 and now employ a staff team of five to facilitate, manage and deliver business support, advice and products for sustainable growth to Social Enterprises in Lancashire.
Selnet, and member organisations, have vast experience supporting VCSE organisations, particularly Social Businesses, to consider suitable financing options and raise social investment through sources including grants, community shares, loan stock and commercial loans. This approach is underpinned by robust business, financial planning and forecasting.
Big Potential will be delivered by qualified, specialist Social Enterprise advisors who understand the needs of the sector and are creative and adaptable in their approach. 

Stepping Out

Consultants: 3

Using our track record as the founders and leaders of many successful social businesses (as well as our direct experience and networks in the social investment market), our team will work with you to shape your strategy for growth and prepare you to secure the investment you need or help you win contracts. 

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.