Plunkett Consultancy

Bespoke Consultancy Support

Plunkett Foundation offers funded support to eligible communities free of charge. Funded support is made possible through specific funding streams and income generated from membership and donations. If funded support is no longer available, your community is not eligible for funded support, or you want to top up funded support, you have the opportunity to pay for bespoke business support from our network of mentors and specialist advisers. Plunkett Community Business Members receive a 25% discount on standard day rates for bespoke business support.

Bespoke business support consists of a tailored package designed to meet your needs. If you have a support requirement we would be very happy to discuss this with you and create a bespoke package for your community.

Please contact Hannah Barrett, Senior Project Manager, on hannah.barrett@plunkett.co.uk, 01993 630238

Our bespoke support services include, but are not limited to:

Whether you are just starting out, or have many years’ experience of trading, taking on external governance advice can help your organisation to run efficiently, ensure you are adhering to legislation/best practice, tackle difficult issues and re-spark enthusiasm from within the committee and the community. We are happy to help you address a specific problem, or undertake a full organisational review.

Packages generally range from 0.5-4 days depending on your community’s need.

  • Non-member rate: from £350+VAT
  • Member rate: from £262.50+VAT

Our specialist Advisers will help you to develop your vision and work with you to create a comprehensive yet accessible document. A well-developed business plan is crucial for your community, committee and funders. It will guide decision making, entice investors and legitimise your project. Our Advisers can help you discuss your ideas, provide sector data, input knowledge based on experience, provide templates and good practice examples, analyse your financial forecasts and more.

Packages generally range from 1-4 days depending on your community’s need.

  • Non-member rate: from £700+VAT
  • Member rate: from £525+VAT

The Community Shares Standard Mark demonstrates that your community share offer meets the national standards for good practice. Being awarded the mark demonstrates that your offer is clear, honest, transparent and that investors have all the facts they need to make informed decisions. The Standard Mark is not a requirement of a share issue, nor appropriate for all community groups, but reassures committees that they are adhering to best practice, and gives investors confidence.

If your community business has a specific training need we will happily design a training session for you. Our practical training sessions can cover topics including: finding funding, community shares, committee roles and responsibilities, responsible employment, volunteer management, stock management, customer service, holding an AGM through to managing members. Please do take a look at our current and previous training events to see the vast array of topics we can cover.

Pricing and packages are bespoke to meet your training requirements, but as a guide, our standard delegate rates are:

  • Non-member rate: from £75+VAT per delegate for a half day session
  • Member rate: from £55+VAT per delegate for a half day session

Bespoke training requires a minimum of 6 delegates, but if you have a training need please do contact us, as we may be able to connect you with other members in order to run the session you require.

If you are holding an event, conference or community meeting Plunkett can provide key speakers, deliver practical workshops and inspiring presentations. We can help you to engage local residents, re-invigorate members, talk to corporate partners/funders and councils. Our rates depend on the level of preparation required, length of involvement and location.

Communities value facilitated peer-to-peer study visits, accompanied by a Plunkett Adviser. The Adviser can help to guide a discussion to ensure you get the most from your visit, and can share their own knowledge regarding setting up and developing a community business. This is a fantastic way to learn from others. Visits can be arranged in person or online.

  • Non member rate: from £250+VAT for a half day session
  • Member rate: from £125+VAT for a half day session

We look forward to helping you and your community!