Fresh Management Solutionsbreakthrough

South West
Consultants: 6
The Learning Curve, Carlson Suite
Vantage Point Business Village, Mitcheldean
GL17 0DD Gloucestershire
United Kingdom
01594 546322
At Fresh, we bring together the best of business theory, good practice and real-world experience and deliver it in a way that is clear, easy to understand, enjoyable and rewarding. We have been helping people know more, achieve together and work smarter since 2007.
Investment readiness is core to all we do. We define it to be when an enterprise is ready, willing and able to do what it promises, in return for the funding it seeks. We would like to help you get ready to secure the investment you need to succeed.

Our team has first-hand knowledge, hands-on expertise and effective networks across many sectors including:
     •  renewable energy
     •  agriculture and food
     •  forestry and woodland
     •  changing spaces, heritage, regeneration and planning
     •  disability, mental health and care farms
     •  recycling and waste
     •  community shops, pubs, cafes, libraries

We can deliver on:
     •  Business plans: feasibility, vision, strategy and preparation
     •  Legal and board: good governance, fit for purpose structure
     •  Community engagement, marketing and sales plans
     •  Social investment strategy, crowdfunding, shares, tax reliefs
     •  Investment tools for fundraising, including compliant share offer 
     •  Financial planning: modelling and forecasting
     •  Financial Management: systems, processes and reporting
     •  Team development: finance, marketing, recruitment, leadership
     •  Social Impact measurement and reporting

Whether you are starting a new social enterprise or want to make one bigger and better, we know about the things that can get in the way and practical solutions that will help. If you would like some fresh thinking contact us on 01594 546322 or visit

Our Big Potential team

Maurice McCartney:

Maurice provides advice and training to people in start-up and established social enterprises, charities and other organisations on topics such as business planning, strategy, governance, financial planning and social impact measurement and reporting.
He is a grant award panel member for a national funder and provides advisory support through the Plunkett Foundation, Wales Co-operative Centre and the Funding Enlightened Agriculture network. He is a business coach and delivers a mentoring programme for the University of Oxford to help students start a diverse range of new businesses and nurture their entrepreneurial talent.
Maurice is Chairman of Oxford Wood Recycling Ltd, a social enterprise in the wood reuse sector and a Trustee at Disability Can Do, a charity supporting disabled adults and their carers in Caerphilly.  Prior to Fresh, Maurice worked in commercial sales, marketing, distribution and policy management roles.

Helen Melia:

Helen is a specialist in community shares and legal structures and is one of the first advisers in the country to be licensed by the Community Shares Unit.
She was the founder chairman of an award-winning community shop and café. She has worked as an adviser for Cooperative Enterprise Hub, and for BIG Lottery’s Making Local Food Work and Village SOS programmes. She works as a specialist adviser for the Plunkett Foundation, delivers diagnostics and business support for Power To Change, and is also an external adviser for the Wales Co-operative Centre.
She has also worked with social enterprises in the food/farming sector through her role as project coordinator for FEA (Funding Enlightened Agriculture), a network dedicated to creating funding solutions for pioneering enterprises. 
Originally from a publishing background, she has written several e-books and other resources, most notably on community shares and raising funds for community enterprises.

Jamie Hartzell:

Jamie is one of the UK's leading social entrepreneurs with over 30 years' experience of starting and building social enterprises.
He set up his first social enterprise in 1984, a film company making documentaries on environment and development issues for the BBC, Channel 4 and campaign groups. He founded the Ethical Property Company in 1998 and ran it for 13 years establishing it in 3 European countries and raising £14 million from some 1,300 investors in the UK, France and Belgium.
In 2012, he set up and now chairs Ethex, a not-for-profit organisation creating a marketplace for positive investment in businesses that pursue a social or environmental mission while offering a financial return. In its first two years Ethex raised over £13 million for the sector.
Jamie is also currently chair of both the Fairtrade company Divine Chocolate and Zaytoun, a company importing fairtrade products from Palestine. He is an investor in a wide range of social businesses.

Richard Snow:

Richard is a business adviser and social entrepreneur. He is a co-founder and C.E.O. of Oxford Wood Recycling Ltd, winner of the European Social Firm of the Year award in 2010 and holder of the Social Enterprise Mark, recognising excellence, since 2009.
The purpose of the business is to maximise the amount of wood reused for diy and construction and create employment and learning opportunities for people who face severe barriers to work. After a number of years of sustainable growth, Richard prepared the business and marketing plans to secure funding for a move to larger premises in January 2015 that will allow more social and environmental impact.
Richard believes that work should be a meaningful activity and business a force for good: he has brought this ethos and his practical experience to his advisory work with social businesses over the past 10 years.

Lesley Shelley ACMA:

Lesley is an Accredited Chartered Management Accountant and member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. She is co-founder of Shelley Holt Accountancy Ltd, offering a range of services from book-keeping to year end accounts, payroll and management reporting.
In addition to financial planning, Lesley helps start-up and established charities, community and social enterprises with the financial processes, controls and systems for good governance and growth.
Prior to Shelley Holt, Lesley held management positions in a range of sectors including housing, fundraising, hotel and hospitality.

Andrew Maliphant:

Andrew specialises in community-based development work and partnership projects bringing together people from the public, private, voluntary and community sectors. His aim is to help people to help themselves.
Andrew provides support with market research, business planning, evaluation, strategy and regeneration-related projects. He was the founding Chairman of the new Mitcheldean Library Co-operative following a Council decision to close it in 2011. He formed the steering group, produced the business plan and set up the Industrial & Provident Society. He is now sharing good practice with other libraries.
He has set up two market town regeneration programmes, in Ulverston in the South Lakes and in Cinderford in the Forest of Dean.  He has had 5 years experience supporting the Gloucester Urban Regeneration Company and working on community-based projects within a deprived Gloucester city centre ward. He developed a programme to break deprivation and reduce poverty in social housing areas in Oxfordshire.