Charities & Social Enterprises


Charities are loved by the British people.  You are the eyes, ears and conscience of society.  You mobilise, you inspire, you advocate and you unite.  

Many charities deliver or supplement services traditionally provided by the state.  Being close to your users, you are often have a unique perspective on needs and are well-placed to improve services.  With higher ethical standards and a focus on meeting needs, not shareholder returns, you occupy many key roles in safeguarding, advocacy, service delivery and fundraising within our society.  Charities create many outcomes for volunteers, donors, employees, beneficiaries and society at large. 


Charities' business models tend to be complex; you create diverse but vital outcomes; ethical values are more important than profit; and pace and organisational structure is less regimented than in a private firm.  Yet many of the same drivers apply - focus on what's important; efficiency and effectiveness; change and digital transformation.


Consultants bring fresh perspectives, innovation, valuable experience and a toolbox that few businesses can access from within.  We bring huge benefit to charities and social enterprises, particularly at the strategy and execution level.  But aren’t consultancies fearsomely expensive and isn’t that money better spent on the social mission?  For most consultants, that is the sad truth.

At ABC we run a lean business.  We chose to invest in our clients rather than on vanity projects or premises for us. By configuring ourselves to be low cost, and because we hold our own social values, we deliver bespoke and affordable consultancy services without diverting material funds from your true purpose.

Give us a call or email and let’s have a confidential chat.  Only by speaking will you know if ABC can help you deliver your outcomes in the right way.

Some of the ways we can help...

Strategy Days

For strategy to be effective it must come from within the business. You need to believe it, understand it and own it, and it needs to align to your values and purpose. We work with you to precisely define the problem your organisation seeks to address, then co-create the solution approach.  And a good strategy must be execution-ready, with a handful of practical priorities that send a clear message to all your stakeholders about what goals are most important.

High Performance Culture

Culture is vital to business well-being.  We help you foster a nurturing, trusting environment, which engages and empowers your people and encourages innovation.  


Grow capability and improve business performance with interactive, impactful and fun training via webinars and workshops.  Our most sought-after subjects are team-building, leadership, innovation, project management and change management.  We are delivery partners of the innovative and fun online training game Rocket.

Business Cases

We create compelling, robust business cases to enable funding requests and validate your plans.  We test assumptions, create the execution plans, confirm budgets and demonstrate realistic expected returns on your investment. We can co-author to articulate your winning themes and ensure the business plans align to strategy and purpose.


We help individuals and teams develop a range of skills so that they can make change happen.  As well as the classic leadership skills, not-for-profit leadership requires collaboration to do more with less and an ability to crisply articulate a vision that counterbalances social and economic uncertainty.

Ongoing Support

Your own trusted consultant advisors on tap. A collaborative hands-on approach for as long or as short as you need, to improve business processes and performance, and help you to implement change and make it stick.
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Based in Falkirk, we support organisations across Scotland and beyond.

Get in touch! Tell us your successes, your aspirations and the challenges you face. We will share how we can help – with no obligation for more.

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