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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.

Providers

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.  

Services  

  • 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

www.crellinconsulting.co.uk

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.

Services  

  • 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

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. 

Services 

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

www.wycas.org.uk

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

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 

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.    

Services

  • 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