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ENTERPRISE SUPPORT AND DEVELOPMENT

Business adviser for the Enterprise Trust
(local enterprise agency covering Pennine Lancashire)

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TRAINING

Associate tutor to The Co-operative College, specialising in governance and business development – lead associate on worker co-ops and social enterprise programmes

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SOCIAL ACCOUNTING & IMPACT EVALUATION

Development of framework to identify the economic impact of micro-providers of health and social care services as part of a pilot national programme

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RESEARCH

Unparalleled research into training issues, needs and cultures of co-operative and social enterprises, with the findings benchmarked against charities and private sector (see report – ‘training issues for…’). Findings from this study were used to successfully secure resources for sector-specific training and support programmes

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FEASIBILITY STUDIES

Drafted ‘how to’ guides on undertaking feasibility studies for social enterprise support network to disseminate to its members

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PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Successful delivery of 12 month ESF project in 5 months to support co-operatives and social enterprises to develop their business and management skills for Cambridge Co-operative Development Agency

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FAITH-BASED GROUPS

Led discussion groups within a regional & national project exploring how churches can create and support social enterprise

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Adrian Ashton

I’m a recognised, approved and accredited provider of advice, consultancy, training and research to various social enterprises, charities, sector bodies and other organisations.

As you’ll see from the examples listed in my portfolio I work across various fields and I’m also a published commentator on policy and sector issues.

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