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Projects delivered by Alan Caldwell Associates

Looking beyond grant income

To meet the challenges of the recession and 'new age of austerity' we are offering tailored review events, fundraising advice and business planning expertise to community based and third sector organisations. There is huge potential for organisations previously relying on grant funding to restructure to earn income and create a financially sustainable business model. To discuss an event for your organisation you can contact Alan here .

South West UK Brussels Office

This membership organisation delivers an invaluable service to Local Authorities, Higher Education Institutions and SME's in the South West region to connect them with opportunites, lobbying and fundraising opportunities in the EU. With the recent announcement of public sector cuts and the impending abolition of one of their core funders (the South West RDA), their management board have commissioned a three stage business planning review.

The first stage reviews the options open to the organisation from an orderely closure of the office through to restructuring as a commercial, consultancy operation.  Co-locating with others and cutting their cloth to fit reduced grant income is also being considered along with a social enterprise model that combines grant and earned income.  The second stage prepared a full and detailed business plan for the desired option and was passed by the Management Board in March 2011.  We have now created a parent, charitable company with a trading subsidiary to run this exciting social enterprise consultancy.

Alan played an interim director role steering the new organisation through formation of a new board, recruitment of an Executive Director and the transfer of staff to the new company.  Training and advice in consultancy working and operational planning is taking place for the new company in Brussels and the UK.  For more information see the new company website here.

This is one of 5 such projects we are currently engaged on across the UK.