Social Investment

Eastside Primetimers offer a comprehensive social investment and fundraising service. We support charities and social enterprises by unlocking grants and loans to help them grow, whether it’s money for a new site, for refitting a building, or raising working capital.

Working closely with social investors, we are an advisor on the Access Reach Fund and have been one of the most successful investment readiness advisors in the social sector, with a high success rate on the previous Big Potential programme.

How can we help?

  • Assessment of financing options
  • Supporting applications for investment readiness grants
  • Developing fundraising propositions
  • Business planning
  • Financial modelling
  • Outcomes modelling
  • Deal structuring
  • Pitch writing and preparation
  • Investor relations
  • Due diligence support

We are proud of a high win rate for clients, due to our strong relationships with social investors and wide-ranging experience of how best to fund social change.

How have we helped?

Read about successful projects we have been involved with:

Home - Action for sick children We helped Action for Sick Children with a business plan and fundraising, helping them secure a £70,000 loan to implement a turnaround and enabling their Dental Box service to grow from circa 500 settings to over 1,000 by 2021.
We helped Chanctonbury Community Leisure develop an investment proposal and secure a 3-year £100,000 loan and a £50,000 grant, to be used for staff, a wellbeing programme and the development of an outdoor pitch.
We helped Ecological Land Co-operative with business modelling and a detailed five-year business plan which underpinned various community share issues including a £440,000 raise through Ethex
We helped The Giving Machine refine their cost base, modelled growth scenarios, advised on marketing and assessed their technology platform, supporting them to raise £100,000 of growth finance from social investor FSE
We helped BCHA to raise £775,000 to develop and fund a new social enterprise hub in Bournemouth
We helped Brook to establish a turnaround plan and raise £200,000 from SASC for diversification and growth of their relationship and sexual health services.

How can we help you?

Please call us now on 020 7250 8334 or email dawn@ep-uk.org if you would like to discuss your growth finance options.

 

We’re listed on Goodfinance.org.uk, a website to help charities and social enterprises navigate social investment

 

BCHA“We found Eastside Primetimers to be responsive and willing to listen to our requirements and expectations of the output from their work. We ended up with a very useful and thorough Business Plan that not only helped us gain interest from potential funders, but is also a document that we continue to use to implement the project” Martin Hancock, Chief Executive
CAF Venturesome “Action for Sick Children came to CAF Venturesome at a crossroads. We put them in touch with Eastside Primetimers to develop a robust plan for the future – they responded quickly, deploying consultants with the right skills and working closely with the charity. This led to a clear plan, enabling us to invest” Lekan Ojumu, Investment Manager
Chanctonbury Community Leisure“From the initial consultation through to the confirmation of support, the process was made incredibly smooth by Eastside Primetimers. The professional approach enabled CCL to successfully apply for an Access Reach Grant, which in turn provided the charity with the services of Eastside Primetimers consultant Mike Taylor. Mike proved to be extremely knowledgeable regarding our sector which greatly assisted in formulating the bid to CAF Venturesome. Despite the constraints brought about by the uncertainty surrounding the easing of lockdown and the associated impact of COVID-19, Mike produced a thorough short-to-medium-term strategic business plan for the charity, covering the multiple strands of our business and ensuring that relative sensitivities were applied throughout. This huge, and ultimately successful, piece of work was formulated and presented in a relatively short time-frame. Chanctonbury Community Leisure would like to pass on our thanks to Mike Taylor and Eastside Primetimers for their professional and expert assistance as well as their continued enthusiasm and support to see the aims of the Charity harnessed and achieved” Andrew Dunstan, Operations Director and Trustee
Ecological Land Co-operative“We found Eastside Primetimers and their consultant very good to work with. Our Big Potential project with them resulted in a detailed five-year business plan, agreed upon by our trustee board, which helped underpin our expansion through the share issue. For our current share issue we have been able to use the modelling tools to reflect on our progress and update our business plan” Sonia Sinanan - Ecological Land Co-operative, Operations Manager
Foundation East“We are very grateful for the support provided by the Eastside Primetimers team during the process of putting together of our 5 year strategic plan. The EP team was able to pull together a diverse team enabling us to benefit from their wide knowledge and skill base” Katy Ford, Chief Executive
Life Story Network“I want to say a big thank you to Eastside Primetimers consultant Lisa Lucas. She was really good at keeping us on track focused and organised. She also was really flexible and supportive with our needs.  Her approach was fantastic coupled with her patience and knowledge.  She was a really calming and clarifying force through times of change” Tom Hughes, Business Development Manager
The Giving Machine“From the start, the team from Eastside Primetimers took the time to really understand our current business model and social proposition in depth.  This led to the development of a revised marketing strategy and supporting business plan.  Funders and advisors who reviewed our plan were keen to point out the quality of the delivered plans and this was a crucial factor in securing our social funding in 2017.  Thank you Eastside Primetimers – if only every partner delivered to that quality!” Richard Morris, Founder and CEO

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