Strategy Development and Strategic Planning


Eastside Primetimers provides a full social enterprise and charity strategy service that is adapted to your business model, the size of your organisation, how long your organisation has been operating and your external environment. We believe that strategic planning is crucial to the long-term success of any not-for-profit organisation and that strategy development is a continuous process. Additionally, we specialise in strategy-led governance reviews, because governance is crucial in shaping an organisation’s strategic planning and implementation.


We don’t subscribe to a rigid process and are flexible in our approach, 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


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

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 strategy experts based across the country so you can have a consultant who understands your local context.

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 strategy team.

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
North Norfolk Community Transport“Working with Eastside Primetimers was instrumental to NNCT having a strong period of growth. The diagnostic their team performed helped us reflect on our needs and identify areas where we needed support, including governance  and sustainability. We have doubled in size, with more income from sustainable, longer-term contracts rather than grants. Their variety of consultants with different backgrounds, skills and ideas gave us access to their experience and to personal support on a peer basis” Matt Townsend, Former chief executive

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