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As part of our Loans Plus programme we are pleased to work with a range of organisations to provide support on topics that affect the social sector.

These organisations can help with a wide range of areas from business planning to communications and social impact measurement.

Business planning and support services

Access Insurance – an independent, specialist Chartered Insurance Broker, dedicated to working with charities, non-profit organisation and churches.
The Cranfield Trust – a national charity helping to build successful charities by providing free business consultancy, HR advice and training opportunities to not-for-profit organisations.
The Churches Conservation Trust – the national charity protecting historicchurches at risk. Formed through a partnership between church and state, theCCT operates a regeneration consultancy service that can support local groupsto develop new futures for historic churches and other community assets.

Ethical IT – provider of IT solutions for charities, social enterprises, community groups and voluntaryorganisations, incorporating: Cloud Services, Disaster Recovery, HelpdeskService, Microsoft Office 365, IT Support and Infrastructure.

Pilotlight – an award-winning charity that provides free strategic business support to charities and social enterprises tackling human disadvantage in the UK, to help them become more efficient, effective and sustainable.
Reach Volunteering – a registered charity that connects other charities with theskills they need to keep making a difference. Helping charities to find skills-based volunteers and trusteesthat can help with anything from finance to marketing, or general governance.
Sayer Vincent - an award winning firm of accountants and advisors committed to providing audit and consultancy services to charities, not-for-profit organisations and social enterprises.
Technology Trust – Technology Trust can help your charity, social enterprise or non-profit access the donated software, email marketing and other digital services that are right for you, giving you the support you need to fulfil your potential.

Charity finance
Good Finance – a website to help charities and social enterprises navigate social investment.
Fraud Advisory Panel – an independent voice of the anti-fraud community. It champions anti-fraud best practice and woks to improve fraud awareness, understanding and resilience.

Community engagement

Neighbourly – a unique giving platform thathelps charities and projects raise funds and get help from local people andbusinesses that want to lend a hand.


Marketing & Communications
Media Trust – a unique charity that inspires the media and communications industry to give their time and creative power to benefit charities, communities and young people.

sounddelivery – a socially-minded organisation offering a wide range of digital storytelling services from bespoke training to story gathering and content creation.


Social Enterprise

Social Enterprise Mark CIC – socialenterprise accreditation authority, ensuring the social enterprise businessmodel remains ethial, credible and commercial through accreditation.

Social Enterprise UK - the UK membership bodyfor social enterprise - business with a social or environmental mission. SocialEnterprise UK supports business where society profits.


Support & umbrella bodies

ACRE – ACRE (Action with Communities in RuralEngland) is the national voice for the 38 rural community councils who make upthe country’s largest rural network and reach 52,000 grassroots organisationsin 11,000 rural communities.

Directory of Social Change – an independent charity thatexists to serve the voluntary sector. Through its training courses, events,publications and funding sources, it has made tens of thousands of charitiesstronger since 1975.

Locality – the national network of ambitious and enterprising community-ledorganisations, working together to help neighbourhoods thrive.

NAVCA – the national membership charity for local infrastructure. Its networkof local charities and community groups is England's largest.

NCVONCVO champions thevoluntary sector and volunteering. Inspired and empowered by over 12,000members, it connects, represents and supports voluntary organisations, fromcommunity groups to large charities.

Plunkett Foundation – a charity that supports people, predominantlyin rural areas, to set up and run life-changing community co-operatives thathelp address issues such as isolation, loneliness and poverty.

YMCA England – the largest and the oldest youthcharity in the world. It focuses on young people helping them play a fulfillingrole within their communities.


Social Impact
Impact Management Programme

Impact Management Programme – a website that introduces charities and social enterprises to impact management: using information and data to improve a service or programme, and provides a free diagnostic to help you decide what kind of data you should consider collecting and how.

Muesli - Crunch Your Social Impact

Muesli – a simple, low-cost online tool that helps charities and social enterprises create a robust social impact map (a.k.a. theory of change) – an essential first step on the journey of measuring and improving your social impact.

Disclaimer: while we hope that you will find these details helpful, we do not provide an endorsement for any of the products or services offered.