Charity Strategy, Planning & Recovery

Charity strategy

Do you need charity strategy consultants, a business continuity plan or further strategic development for your organisation? 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.

As more and more organisations undertake thorough reviews of their approach in order to adapt to a post-COVID 19 world, we have developed tools and resources to help, including online facilitators, video briefings, stakeholder engagement and project management tools.

Additionally, we specialise in strategy-led governance reviews, because governance is crucial in shaping an organisation’s strategic planning and implementation.

Charity strategy consultants – our process

We are flexible in our approach, but strongly recommend that these features are included in a good strategic planning process:

  • Input from staff, trustees, volunteers and other stakeholders such as partners and beneficiaries/people who use their services
  • Horizon scanning the current environment and future opportunities and risks
  • A comprehensive organisational strengths review
  • 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 a realistic and achievable timeframe
  • Identifying success measures
  • Reviewing risks and potential mitigations
  • Development of a financial plan that mirrors the strategic plan


See our interview with Richard James, chief executive of YMCA St Paul’s Group, who we supported with a virtual strategy process.


Charity strategy implementation

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 020 7250 8334 or to arrange a conversation with one of our strategy team.

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
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
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
3SC“We worked with the Eastside Primetimers team to try and find a new home for 3SC. Their team worked hard to understand our hopes and ambitions and to identify potential best fit organisations.  They were extremely pro-active in driving the process and keeping us updated as a Board. While we finished up finding a different solution without Eastside Primetimers involvement we would almost certainly have spent much time down rabbit holes, chasing unsuitable partners. Thank you.“ John Swinney, Chair
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
Papworth Trust“Eastside Primetimers’ consultant Linda Holland really helped us with our business continuity planning during the COVID-19 lockdown. She helped us to review what we had in place, and identify not only improvements we needed to make, but also how we needed to do it. I’m very grateful for the support – there are 17 people in my team and she facilitated the session really well. Thank you again, it has been incredibly helpful” Sarah Miller, Chief Executive

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