The planning stage of any business is vital for success. We can help you reach out to your local community and analyse your market. Get it right from the start and you’ll be able to gain funding, avoid pitfalls and attract customers.
If you are planning a local project, we help you engage a wide group of people from the initial phase ensuring as much community involvement as possible. Consulting widely ensures a sense of common purpose is created and plans reflect the needs of the wider community.
- Create an engagement strategy
- Run a community consultation
- Identify synergies between your project ideas and wider community concerns
- Identify the stakeholders for your project
We can help you realise the potential of your business by analysing your market. This should include an overview of your industry, a look at your target market, analysis of your competition, your own projections for your business and any legislation you need to comply with. This valuable data will help you understand your customers, create pricing structures and find your unique selling points that your competitors are lacking.
If you are applying for funding, market analysis data can support your business plan.
Much has been written and talked about how voluntary organisations and social enterprises should access the public sector procurement market. This short document aims to look at the reverse situation, outlining how the sector should let and manage its own contracts.
The author has been on both sides of the procurement process for many years and has submitted dozens of bids to private, government and voluntary sector organisations. In his experience, voluntary and social enterprise organisations have a wee bit of a journey to embark on to match the performance of other sectors! The aspiration for voluntary organisations and social enterprises should not simply be about their end product, but about the process of achieving that end product. In terms of procuring services, that means, amongst other things, transparent processes, clear communication and minimising waste. This short guide aims at showing the general approach that should be adopted in putting projects out to tender.
Social Enterprise Toolkit
How it can help you
If you are a grass roots community organisation that is thinking about setting up an organisation, taking over the running of your community hall, library or setting up a leisure activity, this toolkit will give you the practical help you need. The Toolkit is supported by a Mentor which can be provided by SKS Scotland.
You can download our free Basic Social Enterprise Toolkit which we’ve developed in partnership with Engage Renfrewshire. Contact us to purchase copies and/or find out more about our Social Enterprise Toolkit and Mentor service. Copies Supplied £4.15 incl VAT, plus p&p.
SKS Scotland Mentor
We offer a tailored, hands on package utilising the full Mentor Toolkit. The benefits of the Mentor Toolkit include SKS Scotland specialists working alongside you to mentor and train you and your staff in the various areas highlighted below. This would all be done within a controlled and defined budget to achieve your objectives and develop your social enterprise.
- Understanding your Stakeholders
- Balancing Social & Commercial Activity
- Developing your Board
- Advice on legal matters
- Financial Support
- Business Planning
- Managing Volunteers
Feedback from our Toolkit users:
“Easy to follow and a very useful guide.”
”Works for both new and existing groups.”
”Very happy that it is not full of jargon.”
“It’s a great process. It brings up the questions, thought and worries that matter to the individual.”
“If only I had had it a dozen years ago.”
Marks out of ten? ”Oh a nine, or maybe a ten!”