ENTERPRISE SUPPORT AND DEVELOPMENT

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

TRAINING

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

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

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

FEASIBILITY STUDIES

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

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

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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