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Doing Good Leeds Business Support Programmme - supporting your organisation in all aspects of its business.

The providers in the Business Support Programme can be browsed below.

Each provider is tagged with their area of expertise (use the tag cloud to filter the list), details of the services available, delivery models, contact details and a feedback rating are available to help you select a suitable provider.


Adrian Ashton

About Adrian Ashton 

Adrian Ashton is a nationally recognised, approved and accredited provider of advice, consultancy, training and research to social enterprises, charities, sector bodies and other organisations.

He works across various fields, is a published commentator on policy and sector issues, he annually publishes a social impact report on the services he offers and delivers.


  • Business planning
  • Feasibility studies
  • Financial planning
  • Marketing
  • Social media
  • Developing enterprise activities/services
  • Facilitating partnerships and collaborative working
  • Leadership and managing change within an organisations’ activities and culture
  • Governance (including legal structures)
  • Demonstrating and reporting impact
  • Commissioning and contracting

Support is delivered through a variety of means:

  • Individual coaching
  • Consultancy
  • Group planning
  • Training
  • In person/email/phone
  • Research

Expertise and Experience 

Adrian is an approved and accredited provider of advice, consultancy, training and research to social enterprises, charities, sector bodies and other organisations. 

With recognised skills in respect of:

  • Working with disadvantaged groups (e.g. People with disabilities, ex-offenders)
  • Communication 
  • Project management
  • Raising finance / Income generation
  • Networking and brokering additional support to groups

Adrian will readily signpost organisations to relevant additional support and encouragement.

He is holds an enhanced DBS clearance, and enjoys cycling and cake.

Delivery Locations 

Throughout West Yorkshire and also ‘out of hours’ including early evenings and weekends as necessary to suit you.

Contact Details 

Neil Coulson Associates

About Neil Coulson Associates  

Neil Coulson Associates (NCA) is an established consultancy company specialising in supporting third sector organisations to become sustainable.


  • Drafting business plans
  • Writing funding bids and tender proposals
  • Undertaking business diagnostics
  • Reviews and evaluations

Expertise and Experience   

NCA has 14 years experience in providing consultancy, training and business support.

Specialising in business planning, fundraising and income generation. With expertise in public sector contracting, joint ventures, social investment and developing new income streams.

NCA delivers bespoke support in business planning, fundraising, investment readiness and social enterprise.

NCA is SFEDI accredited.

Delivery Locations   

Leeds, throughout West Yorkshire and Nationally.

Contact Details

Phone: 01246 417725


About Real-Improvement

Andy is a freelance management consultant specialising in performance management, monitoring and evaluation. He helps organisations understand and demonstrate their impact, to improve their effectiveness and support funding applications.

Formerly a Director of TEAL Consulting Ltd, Andy now works independently, mainly with third sector clients in Leeds and West Yorkshire.


  • Independent advice and evaluation
  • Single-organisation, group or online support
  • SROI social impact assessment and cost-benefit analysis
  • Performance frameworks such as strategy mapping, balanced scorecards, and EFQM Excellence Model
  • Every project is purpose-developed to meet specific client needs

Expertise and Experience

He has particular expertise in measurement, evaluation and demonstrating impact through a range of different methods. He is an accredited practitioner on social return on investment.

Since 2008 Andy has worked with 20 third sector organisations, 11 of these in the Leeds area. Projects range from half-day awareness sessions to full SROI evaluations. All projects move beyond outputs to demonstrate outcomes and impact, with recommendations on how clients can achieve still better results.

Delivery Locations    

Leeds, throughout West Yorkshire and Nationally. 

Contact Details 

Phone: 01133909300 / 07710649101


About Locality 

Locality’s vision is “every community a place of possibility”, and they want to see high-quality can-do community organisations in every community. 

The Developments Trust Association (DTA) and Bassac merged to form Locality, in April 2011, and the organisation is now a leading third sector national organisation that supports 700 community organisations to operate well and to grow. 

Locality is a charity and social enterprise, and understands the needs and challenges faced by the sector.

Locality are founder members of SEYH (Social Enterprise Yorkshire and the Humber) Key Fund Yorkshire and the Adventure Capital Fund. 


Services offered include:

  • Developing business cases | tools, materials, workbooks, case studies, and experience in helping groups in this field
  • Asset development | key area of support expertise especially around community asset transfer projects
  • Strategic planning | supporting boards with facilitation, assessing risks and planning in a logical and balanced fashion
  • Leadership | mentoring and coaching third sector leaders, providing shadowing opportunities in leading organisations
  • Legal and governance | providing this one-to-one, or one-to-many, for staff and board members
  • Start up and growth for social enterprises | supporting start-up enterprises to expanding and re-profiling services
  • Networking | peer-to-peer networking opportunities with Locality members

The support offered is practical and bespoke.

Expertise and Experience

Locality deliver start-up assistance for new organisations, including initial vision building, inspiration and practical advice. They support new and existing organisations through intensive development work, learning and peer-networking opportunities. They tend to work most with third sector organisations which are in the most deprived communities.

Sophie Michelena has been working for Locality since 2009, is SFEDI (Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative) accredited in social enterprise support, and has extensive experience of supporting asset transfer projects.

Delivery Locations

Locality deliver all over England, but the main contact Sophie Michelena is based in Leeds.

Sophie and her colleague John Dawson work in the Yorkshire & Humber region.

Contact Details 

Know and Do Ltd

About Know and Do Ltd  

Know and Do helps organisations manage their response to change. Their approach is to listen, learn and support, using a clear values driven focus to achieve positive outcomes for clients.

Through their core services of performance coaching, management training and facilitation, they enable organisations to make best use of their existing resources. 


Know+Do provide a range of high quality management training, facilitation and business coaching services. Common issues they support enable practical change in leading and managing organisations; this includes:

  • Difficult conversations made easier
  • Growing a business
  • How to negotiate well
  • Inspiring enterprising leaders 
  • Introduction to coaching
  • Managing change
  • Motivating staff
  • Networking skills
  • Recruiting staff well
  • Sales planning
  • Strategic market reviews      

They can Tailor services to meet client needs eg: 

  • Consultancy
  • In-house training
  • Conference / event presentations
  • Remote support, e.g. phone, email, webinars, Skype

Experience and Expertise   

Know+Do work with over 100 organisations each year; the majority of which are charities, social enterprises or public agencies from diverse locations and causes (i.e. health, sport, counselling, childcare, community development, infrastructure, advice, etc) and communities (i.e. young people, disability, BME, women). All services are delivered through two founding staff and a core team of skilled associates. 

In the past year Know+Do  has also become:

  • A preferred supplier for BIG Assist grants
  • An approved consultant and business coach for ACEVO members
  • A provider of business innovation coaching and leadership training through the national Growth Accelerator Programme

Know+Do’s team has influenced national government policy and delivered large-scale projects. They are highly qualified and experienced at leading organisations involving staff, volunteers and stakeholders. They excel at:

  • Strategic development
  • Effective operations
  • Motivating and empowering
  • Creating clarity from complexity
  • Social entrepreneurship

Delivery Locations 

Know+Do can provide services in the following areas:

  • Leeds
  • Bradford
  • Huddersfield
  • Dewsbury
  • Wakefield
  • Halifax
  • Greater Manchester
  • Merseyside
  • Cheshire
  • Staffordshire  

Contact Details 

Phone: 0161 2804567 / 07507 328269

SEE Ahead

Overall feedback:

Average rating: 92%

(from 7 responses)

About SEE Ahead 

SEE Ahead is a social enterprise that provides expert business advice, training and mentoring to voluntary and community groups, charities and social enterprises to enable them to become more sustainable and less grant dependant. The organisation was setup in 2011 by three former Business Link Social Enterprise Advisers.

As a social enterprise SEE Ahead is not driven by profit, but is mainly a paid-for service. 30 minutes of free telephone support, is offered to help organisations who are unable to pay. 


Services offered include:

  • One to one advice – tailored support to individuals and groups
  • Workshop delivery – interactive sessions on topics including: Access to Finance, An introduction to Social Enterprise, Business Planning, Legal Structures and Governance, Marketing, Measuring Social Impact, Strategic Planning                                                                                               
  • Consultancy work e.g. business planning, feasibility studies
  • Visioning and strategic planning sessions – with boards of trustees/directors/volunteers
  • Staff development/away days e.g. looking at how to generate income to become sustainable
  • Mentoring and coaching –  a critical friend to CEOs/managers of social enterprises/organisations/charities

Expertise and Experience

All three directors have over 10 years’ experience in providing business support and training to the social enterprise sector.

Examples of work include:

  • Delivery of Leeds City Council’s Adult Social Care contract 2013-15 in partnership with Leeds Community Foundation
  • Staff away day facilitation
  • Contract with national organisation to deliver one to one business support to long term unemployed in Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield, St Helens, Preston and Southport
  • Delivering workshops for Leeds, Bradford, York and Huddersfield Universities, Bradford CVS, Voluntary Action Leeds, KIVCA, North Bank Forum, Voluntary Action Calderdale, SEYH and Bradford Chamber
  • Mentoring CEOs at seven social enterprises

The directors are SFEDI (Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative) accredited business advisers with social enterprise specialism, qualified to Level 4 in PTTLS and have business coaching qualifications.

Helen HoyleBusiness and financial planning

Rupert ShiresStrategic planning and marketing

Louanne RobertsHealth & Social Care and setting up social enterprises

Delivery Locations

Across the North of England, but predominately in West Yorkshire.

Contact Details 

Walsh Taylor

About Walsh Taylor

Walsh Taylor are a support organisation who work with social enterprises, charities, individuals and businesses. They work with organisations who are merging or changing their structure, and support those with financial pressures assisting them in finding workable solutions.


Walsh Taylor provide an initial consultation free of charge to all organisations. The consultation provides an opportunity for both sides to understand the current issues and discuss the potential routes and solutions for the organisation.

It also provides the following services free of charge to Third Sector organisations:

  • Organisation Health Check – a review of the organisation, identifying areas that require strengthening or that could pose a potential risk to the organisation
  • Board presentation – speaking to the board on their potential liabilities and on types of behaviour that could put them at risk
  • Telephone helpline – a confidential service offering advice to organisations and their board members.

Other services include:

  • Assisting with mergers and restructuring of organisations
  • Arranging payment plans with creditors
  • Dissolution or liquidation of an organisation


Walsh Taylor’s experienced team have worked with a wide range of organisations, helping them restructure, reduce risk and strengthen their organisation or close operations down in a planned and controlled manner preserving the services and the reputation of the organisation and staff.

The team include individuals with strong experience in the Third Sector and we also have a pool of individuals with specific experience such as contracting/commissioning and housing that we work with when required.

Delivery location

Yorkshire and the North East

Contact details

Crellin Consulting

About Crellin Consulting     

Crellin Consulting provides high quality, professional consultancy services to the third sector focused around the themes of Business, Place and People. Crellin Consulting has strong social values and purpose. Through provision of services they strive to enable communities and individuals to prosper, particularly where those areas or individuals represent communities that are the most excluded (due to health, gender, race or poverty etc.). Crellin Consulting was established in 2008 by Debbie Crellin and much of their work comes from repeat business and recommendation due to the quality of services and the high levels of customer satisfaction.  


  • Social impact evaluations
  • Business planning/feasibility studies
  • Tender readiness and tendering
  • Bidding for grants        

Expertise and Experience 

Debbie Crellin has over 25 years experience of working in and with the voluntary sector. She spent many years appraising large grant applications and commissioning projects from the third sector and now uses this experience to help organisations access funding and win contracts. The single largest grant secured was £10.4 million investment into Charity Bank. Debbie is very experienced in helping organisations become more financially sustainable through developing new products and ways of working.

Crellin Consulting are experienced in producing social Impact studies (SROI or similar) and understand that this has helped to demonstrate the need and value of services to funders.

Paul Harrison's focus is business planning especially related to social investment finance. Paul has a banking background and also works for Charity Bank.  

Delivery Locations 

Leeds, West Yorkshire and Nationally. 

Contact Details 

Phone: 01484 911090 / 0787 2429075

West Yorkshire Community Accounting Service

Overall feedback:

Average rating: 96%

(from 8 responses)

About WYCAS 

WYCAS supports organisations to manage their finances more effectively and efficiently. Their specialist and highly knowledgeable team offer an accounts preparation and independent examination service, plus training, support and tailored services to help you manage your finances and meet regulatory requirements, allowing you to focus on delivering your services.

WYCAS is proud to support over 500 organisations throughout West Yorkshire. 


Supporting your operational needs:

  • Interim bookkeeping/remedial accounts work
  • Management accounts
  • Implementing new accounting systems

Developing your financial management skills and experience:

  • One to One training and support at a place to suit you
  • Financial training workshops/courses
  • Good practice publications and advice

Helping you meet statutory and funder requirements:

  • Preparation of year end accounts
  • Independent examinations
  • Financial governance health checks

Supporting your changing needs:

  • Service costing / pricing
  • Financial modelling/scenario planning
  • Mentoring or coaching finance staff

Expertise and Experience

Unique in West Yorkshire, WYCAS has been advising and supporting  third sector groups since 2000.  In that time they have built up an excellent track record for providing financial management training and accounting services, particularly within the voluntary and community sector.

The specialist and highly knowledgeable team has a breadth and depth of knowledge – from setting up a pen and paper bookkeeping system for a small group to complex budgeting, accounting and tax requirements for charities, CIOs, CICs and social enterprises.  

Individual staff have professional accountancy qualifications with ACCA, FCIE, ICAEW, AAT and CIPFA, as well as PGCE and PTLLS training qualifications

WYCAS is a specialist in implementing and supporting QuickBooks accounting systems and staff are QuickBooks Certified Pro Advisors.

Delivery Locations 

Throughout West Yorkshire.

Contact details 

Phone: 0113 270 6291

Voluntary Action Leeds

Overall feedback:

Average rating: 93%

(from 5 responses)

About Voluntary Action Leeds

Are you looking for training, support or advice? Do you want to influence and shape key policy issues affecting your local community? Voluntary Action Leeds (VAL) provides you with skills, resources, support and advice to achieve your aspirations.  VAL supports and enables you to take positive social action in building thriving and inclusive local communities. That means supporting your group or organisation to develop and achieve positive social change from within.


Voluntary Action Leeds will:

  • Provide newly formed and small groups with specialist advice and support, assisting you with writing constitutions, governance and registering your company or charity
  • Support you to develop and deliver your volunteering programmes
  • Design training to help you in fundraising, governance, management, finance, health & safety and marketing
  • Support and advise you on commissioning and procurement
  • Help you facilitate effective partnership and collaborative work
  • Support you to run effective networks and forums

Experience and Expertise

For over 30 years VAL has been developing, supporting and enabling over 2000 plus organisations in Leeds. This means VAL ensures you are well represented in the decision making process and your voice is heard in places where it matters most.

VAL manages the Doing Good Leeds website, an online hub for voluntary and community sector organisations which seeks to unify, facilitate constructive dialogue and enable you to share success stories, concerns and best practice.

Delivery Locations   

VAL works in Leeds. 

Contact Details 

HR Success Limited

About HR Success  

Following a successful career spanning 20 years as an HR Director and Manager with large blue chip companies, Sue Sheard of HR Success decided to establish a practical, down-to-earth human resource consultancy business aimed at supporting organisations who did not have the funds to invest in their own HR staff. Trading for 15 years with Sue at the helm HR Success, has established a reputation through spreading HR best practice and enabling many organisations across both public and private sectors to benefit from strategic human resource management.

We have all heard the saying that” people are our greatest asset” but employees in any organisation are typically the most significant cost. Therefore, like any resource, they require careful and proactive management.  Sue believes that good HR practice and effective people management results in engaged and motivated employees who, in turn have a positive impact on delivery, achieve social aims and deliver the required outcomes.  

HR Success have a record of effectively supporting busy Directors, Trustees and Managers as they strive to deliver their aims, values and objectives.


  • HR policy audits, review, design development,  and implementation of new policies
  • HR support and specialist projects
  • Handling TUPE transfers
  • Handling or assisting with organisational change and re-structuring
  • Redundancy handling and support
  • Recruitment and selection, psychometric testing & assessment centres
  • Ensuring legal compliance
  • Assisting boards and trustees to handle difficult situations involving staff, including discipline, grievance and capability cases. 
  • Aligning organisational strategy to people policies and performance outcomes
  • HR specific training workshops - discipline handling, dealing with grievances, recruitment and selection, supervision and performance management skills
  • Reward recognition and remuneration policies and payment policies/reviews
  • Job evaluation
  • Contracts of employment, forms, procedures

Support is delivered through a variety of means:

  • Individual coaching
  • Consultancy projects
  • Training
  • In person/email/phone
  • Research
  • Retained HR support from a real person  

Expertise and Experience

Sue is a HR and training consultant with 25 years generalist HR experience and with 12 years experience in the third sector. Working extensively across the sector, providing practical and solution driven support. Sue passionately believes that adopting good strategic human resource management is the key to enable the third sector to deliver their strategic aims, plans and outcomes.

Working with boards, directors and senior management teams helping them to convert their ideas, dreams and organisational needs, into strategic and deliverable plans.

Sue has expertise in:

  • Organisational driven HR: Understanding strategic human resource management and its benefits. 
  • The development of strategic leaders and focused organisations
  • Relevant performance management, supervision and review skills
  • Practical handling of discipline, grievance and capability issues
  • Understanding employment law
  • HR support

Delivery Locations  

Primarily throughout Yorkshire and the North West.

Contact Details

Third Sector Consultancy

Third Sector Consultancy

Third Sector Consultancy is focussed on supporting charities and organisations in realising their ambitions and plans. We are John Harris and Rachel Walmsley (Succeed Training) and have extensive experience of working in the voluntary and community sector.


We have clients with whom we have developed very positive relationships and results – enabling them to develop in order to be more attractive to funders in this extremely competitive environment.


John has full membership of the Institute of Fundraisers.


  • Developing fundraising strategy
  • Identifying and prioritising trusts and foundations and Big Lottery
  • Completing applications
  • Training and mentoring staff in fundraising
  • Business planning
  • Marketing
  • Evaluations of services
  • Consultations

Experience and Expertise

  • Recent successful bids to Big Lottery – over £750,000
  • Successful bid to Lloyds Bank Foundation
  • Support to older people’s charities in securing over £1,000,000 over the next 5 years
  • Developing and facilitating consultation processes with service users and external stakeholders
  • Strategic and Business planning
  • Running Away days for board and staff to develop the organisation
  • John is the author of the NCVO Guide to Good Management in the Voluntary Sector

Contact Details

07951 042013

Phone: 07951042013

School for Social Entrepreneurs

About School for Social Entrepreneurs      

The School for Social Entrepreneurs uses action learning based programmes to support personal and organisational development. Their mission is to address inequalities and social exclusion by supporting social entrepreneurs from all backgrounds to transform their talent into real social outcomes, in the form of sustainable solutions to poverty and disadvantage in communities.    


  • Action learning programmes -12 month programme how to start up a social enterprise ‘we will take your idea and make it a reality’
  • Short 1 - 3 day programmes
  • Measuring social impact
  • How to access social finance
  • Trading for sustainability
  • Writing successful bids
  • Unlocking social finance
  • Action Learning Facilitator training
  • Social franchising
  • Kickstart your social media strategy
  • Consultancy - Working with individuals/organisations to support their specific needs
  • Networking - Monthly networking events for anyone interested in social enterprise/social entrepreneurship

Expertise and Experience  

The SSE network has worked with more than 1200 social entrepreneurs on their journey to start up and scale up their social enterprises. The SSE deliver programmes in 18 locations and 70% of our students work in 20% of the most disadvantaged areas of the UK.  SSE student’s organisations are 20% more likely to succeed for 5 years than a traditional UK business. Locally we have supported more than 100 individuals to start up social enterprises.

90% of our students say they have had a wider impact beyond their community, ranging from raising awareness to influencing government policy.

Delivery Locations 

The SSE work out of a variety of locations across Leeds and beyond. Our core programmes are run at Shine Business Centre, Harehills Road, Leeds.  We will provide training at a suitable location.

Contact Details