Strategic Planning and Strategy Development

We believe that strategic planning is crucial to the long-term success of any charity or not-for-profit organisation. We don’t subscribe to a rigid process, but we do strongly recommend that these features are included in a good strategic planning process.

  • Input from staff, trustees, volunteers and other stakeholders such as service users and partners
  • Horizon scanning in order to understand what’s happening now in the external environment and what could be emerging in the future
  • Comprehensive Organisational Strengths Review to identify internal strengths and weaknesses
  • Review or development of organisational vision, mission and Theory of Change
  • Development of strategic options supported by robust research and financial modelling
  • Development of organisational goals over an agreed timeframe which are realistic and achievable
  • Identification of strategies for achieving the identified goals
  • Agreement to success measures/KPIs and how you will measure progress
  • Review of risks to achieving the plan and agree mitigations
  • Development of a financial plan that mirrors the strategic plan

Eastside Primetimers provides a full strategic planning service covering all the points above that is adapted to your business model, the size of your organisation, how long your organisation has been operating and the external environment you operate within. We will provide you with a Project Lead who will manage your relationship with us from start to finish and handle any issues that arise. The Project Lead will call on consultants within our membership to ensure you have the expertise your organisation needs to develop a strategy that works for you. We have strategic planning experts based across the country so you can have a consultant who understands your local context.

Following the development of a strategic plan, you may find yourself with a range of actions to be implemented to meet your new strategic goals. Eastside Primetimers can support your implementation including:

  • Annual planning and annual reviews
  • Marketing and communications plans
  • Income generation strategies
  • Earned income feasibility studies and business plans
  • Fundraising plans
  • Merger advice and facilitation
  • IT/digital planning
  • Organisational restructures to align staff teams with goals of new strategy
  • Board training, away days, and recruitment
  • Facilitation of meetings
  • Impact and social value measurement and management

How can we help you?

If you’d like to discuss your strategy, please call now on 0207 250 8334 or email to arrange a conversation with one of our specialists.


British Association of Urological Surgeons (BAUS)“We approached EP to support the Association in developing a five-year strategy. EP has a practical approach and we benefited from the ongoing support we received after our initial away day to write our strategic and operational plans. EP’s business model is such that they get to know their clients and then identify consultants that best suit the specific needs and culture of individual organisations. I would not hesitate to recommend them” Anne Bishop, Chief Executive
Absolutely Leisure“Eastside Primetimers consultant Neil Shearer assisted us with a strategy workshop – this workshop promoted us to revisit a previous piece of work from a different perspective. The outcome has been that we’ve developed an innovative new stream of business that has added 25% to our revenue. I think it’s safe to say that the strategy workshop proved a valuable investment in time and thinking” Gregory Sinclair, Managing Director
Institute of Biomedical Science“We really enjoyed working with Eastside Primetimers as we developed our three-year strategy. They quickly demonstrated they understood our needs and identified great consultants to work with us, who led us through the process and offered challenge when we needed it. Richard Litchfield and Jo Gratrick were highly knowledgeable and greatly skilled, and their input helped us achieve our goal of a strategy that is meaningful to our trustees, members and staff. I would have no hesitation recommending working with Eastside Primetimers and have engaged them again on another piece of work” Jill Rodney, Chief Executive

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