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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.



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 

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

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 

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 

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

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

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

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