Mutual Ventures

Charities and Social Enterprises

Charities and Social Enterprises have never faced such a challenging environment of political, economic and social uncertainty. Funding cuts, the trend towards larger public sector contracts and outcomes based contracts are just a few of the complexities they face.

The MV team believe these challenging conditions mean it’s the right time for many organisations to re-consider their strategic priorities, explore new avenues to support growth, and improve resilience.

Having worked with award winning social enterprises and charities (at both local and national level), we have supported many organisations to grow rapidly despite this challenging context. The political backdrop of devolution and localism provides an environment for charities and social enterprises to think holistically about service delivery. Partnering with like-minded organisations enables the design of unique services, which are responsive to the needs of beneficiaries while meeting the aspirations of commissioners and investors. This can provide new opportunities, helping you to sustain your organisation and grow.

Our support is focussed (but not limited) to the following key areas:

Growth & Partnership: Our team can take you through a strategic review and support you in developing a revised business plan (including undertaking market research, competitor analysis, service redesign and financial modelling). We are also able to support you with all aspects of business development from identifying opportunities, to writing bids and winning contracts.

We can advise on potential models of collaboration, to enable the design of new service pathways and facilitate access to new contract and investment opportunities. We can help you build strong and resilient partnership working, undertaking due diligence on partners and helping you shape the right governance model.

Find our more about our Growth and Partnership service.

Investment & Impact: MV can support you on the whole journey to accessing social investment: from identifying the social investment offer that fits your needs to supporting you in developing a business case and brokering relationships with social investors. We have supported clients to raise finance through loans and social investment of over 1.3 million.

We can support you to develop your social impact management approach: from defining what you are trying to achieve and developing a theory of change, to measuring and communicating your impact in a meaningful way. We will ensure that the new practice is embedded in your organisation, and that learning and improvement are at the core of your organisation.

Find our more about our Investment and Impact service.

Accessing funding

Mutual Ventures have supported organisations on their journey to sustainability and growth via our Approved Provider status on a number of grant giving funds (most recently: Big Potential, Access Impact for Growth), and we support you to engage with the most relevant fund for you.


If you would like more information or to discuss how we can help, please get in touch with John Copps on

Some examples of our work:

PossAbilities are a social enterprise who support vulnerable people to ‘live the life they choose’. Our work with PossAbilities has supported their business planning and development of commercial skills. Following our support, PossAbilities have been extremely successful, winning new contracts worth £6.5m which increased their turnover by circa 50%. Read the full case study

Social AdVentures are a health and wellbeing social enterprise in Manchester, were supported by MV to enhance their ‘contract-readiness’ and revise their business plan.  Our support helped them re-secure a £324k contract and access a public health framework in Salford. Read the full case study

Spiral Health are the only nurse led, bed-based, intermediate care mutual in the UK, having spun out of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust in 2012. MV have been supporting Spiral to reposition their business with a focus on dementia care and to build partnerships to enable them to expand their service reach. Read the full case study