Mutual Ventures

Growth and Partnership

We provide tailored support to Charities, Social Enterprises and publicly-owned Traded Services to support the development of new trading models and business plans to support sustainable growth and organisational resilience.

In particular, we can support organisations to develop their commercial skills, to understand their market and adapt their service offerings accordingly, and to diversify their income streams and form partnerships.

Growth strategy:

Our team can take you through a strategic review, from identifying your potential growth options (whether organic or external) to developing a full business plan. We can support you in articulating these growth options by undertaking market research, assessing the competitor landscape, re-designing your service and developing robust financial forecasts. We can also help you to implement your preferred growth options, bid for new work and identify key success factors and potential risks.

In parallel, we and also ensure that your governance and operating models are ‘’fit for growth’’ by undertaking operational/governance reviews and offering coaching / training to your board members, senior management team and front line staff.

Partnership working: 

Having explored your options for growth, it may be that partnering with like-minded organisations is the best route for your organisation to grow and expand its service offering.

We can advise you on potential models of collaboration depending on which best fits your strategic objectives. Partnerships can allow you to scale your current offer, extend your geographical reach, as well as gain access to new contract and investment opportunities.

We can help you to explore the key success factors for partnering, identify the right partners and undertake due diligence, as well shape the right governance model. Our spectrum of partnership models is set out below:



Recognising our experience and expertise in supporting the sustainability and growth of Social Enterprises & Charities, we have been approved providers on a number of funds and programmes:


If you would like more information or to discuss how we can help, please get in touch with Andrew:

Some examples of our work:

PossAbilities – Growth Support: Our work with Possabilities, a social enterprise working with adults with learning disabilities, has helped them to develop and grow sustainably. Possabilities have been extremely successful, winning new contracts worth £6.5m in 2016 and being one of six nominees for the Social Enterprise of the Year 2016 award. Read the full case study

The Health & Well-being partnership – Partnership development: the Health and Wellbeing partnership is a new model (a Limited Liability Partnership) for delivering integrated public health and social care services. Comprised of eight social enterprises and charities, the partnership has been formed to allow members to bid for larger contracts and to co-invest in new ideas. Read the full case study