Ethical business support for sustainable impact

We support good people doing good things by showing how business can be done in a sustainable way. Our services are designed to support you from idea to implementation. Drawing on a toolkit of business, research and evaluation experience, our team will help you make it happen!

What we do

01

Feasibility studies

Want to know if your idea will work? We'll do the research, talk to the right people and offer you practical findings and next steps.

02

Community engagement

Want to know how you can make a bigger difference to your community? Ask them!

03

Business planning

Everyone wants to stand on their own two feet. We craft vision-driven business plans to take you one step closer to financial sustainability.

04

Source funding

Some good plans need a bit of cash to get off the ground. We know how to put your best case forward and find the perfect funder for you.

05

Impact and evaluation reporting

You are making a difference. Let’s tell the world about the great work you’ve done so people will support you to do more.

06

Socio-economic research

When funding is tight, being able to demonstrate the difference your services make can be crucial. We use evidence based research to show the social and financial benefits of your organisation.

People we have worked with

Current Projects

World Heritage Site community engagement

Orkney’s most famous archaeological treasures – Skara Brae, the Ring of Brodgar, the Stones of Stenness, and the Maeshowe chambered tomb – form the keystones of the UNESCO Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site. The site is been managed by Historic Environment Scotland on behalf of Scottish Ministers, along with partners Orkney Islands Council, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. To inform the next Management Plan for 2020-25, due out later this year, the management group wanted to find out more about how the people of Orkney felt about the WHS and how the management of the site affected them.

 

What we’ve done so far:

  • Carried out a series of community consultation events across mainland Orkney, with feedback surveys tailored to local residents and businesses
  • Held workshops with primary and secondary schools
  • Held a range of smaller focus groups and individual meetings – these included farmers and landowners, community organisations with an interest in local history and archaeology, and community groups representing people who haven’t actively been involved in past consultations

What’s next?

All the data and now been collated, with key community priorities identified. The results will be used in two ways:

  1. Community feedback events are being held in mainland Orkney, highlighting where changes could be made
  2. Community priorities are being presented to the World Heritage Site management group to ensure the views of locals are being incorporated into the next Management Plan

Delivering ongoing evaluation support

Having recently secured funding thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) in 2019, Gateshead Council launched a new project – Gateshead Archive: The People’s Archive’. This project will deliver an exciting new heritage space at Gateshead Central Library, improving access to the complete heritage resource documenting the history of the borough. In addition the modernisation of the building, the project will also deliver a learning programme dedicated to heritage aimed at increasing engagement with library services and improving local history knowledge and awareness in the community. 

What we’ve done so far:

  • Developed a Monitoring & Evaluation plan for the Gateshead Archive project which aligns to the NLHF guidelines
  • Developed key resources / questionnaires / methodology to evaluate progress against the Council’s key project outcomes
  • Reviewed project data collected prior to the project contract start date and ensure this is merged into new data collection processes
  • Delivered training sessions for Council staff on evaluation and outcome methodology

What’s next?

We’ll be monitoring the data collected throughout the project’s activities to track the progress against outcomes set. We’ll also be completing our own independent evaluation through attending Gateshead Archive events, interviewing volunteers and beneficiaries, and undertaking a range of focus groups to get feedback on how the community has benefited and can continue to do so after the funding finishes.

What our clients say

Our values are at the core of what we do

From who we work with to how we treat each other in and outside of the office, our values are the rules we work to. Check out who we are and how we are committed to making the world a better place, together.

Our values About us

We’re here to support you
in your mission to make the world a better place.

Get in touch!