Strategy & Planning
Almond Tree Strategic Consulting helps charities and social enterprises to develop their strategies and prepare business plans and can support implementation.
Strategy and Planning
Every organisation needs a strategy; to know how you plan to develop in the future. What are your aims and objectives, the services you’ll provide, the income/funding you’ll need and how you’ll deploy your resources and assets? Equally you’ll need to be clear about what you won’t do or what you might stop doing in the future.
We can support to identify and explore your options, drawing out what you already know, sharing ideas from other similar (and not so similar) contexts and challenging your preconceptions.
Once you are clear about your strategy, we can help you prepare your business plan. Our approach is that of collaborator and critical friend. We see business planning as more of a process of exploration and agreement than the production of a weighty document.
All strategies and plans need to be practical and to communicate what you intend to do in a concise and compelling way. This is why the documents we produce are short and clear, while covering everything you need.
We can also help you develop detailed implementation plans to accompany these top-level plans and we can even help you to project manage their delivery.
Here’s what some of our clients have to say about how we helped them develop their strategy, business plan and implementation plans:
“CCS first engaged the services of Almond Tree Strategic Consulting Ltd in Autumn 2015. Julian’s areas of expertise are many and varied – supporting CCS with strategic planning/development and bid/tender writing (to the tune of almost £1.4m). He is a critical friend, offers insightful and relevant commentary and his understanding of the sector is second to none. It is an absolute privilege to work with Julian.”
Keeley Rudd, Chief Executive, Community Council for Somerset
“Julian has supported our organisation through substantive change and growth through 3 mergers, acting as a critical friend. He has been both innovative and inspirational at planning events for my workforce and Trustees. Julian works to high standards, but more importantly understands our sector and challenges. Overall he gets the job done.”
Tracy Rudling, Chief Executive of Community360
"We have worked with Julian to develop our new business and implementation plan. He is a true professional, reliable, committed and dedicated. In a very short time he became fully conversant with the complexity of Southern Brooks. Through his professional networks he was able to introduce us to projects across the country. His faciliation has transformed Southern Brooks. We have a new leadership team and organisational structure which will ensure we are able to respond to opportunities and challenges over the next 5 years."
Julie Close, Director, Southern Brooks Community Partnerships
"Julian Lomas of Almond Tree Strategic Consulting has twice advised us on our strategy and business planning. Each time we have been very pleased with the results, which really helped us to move our organisation forward during a challenging time for the voluntary sector. I value Julian's enthusiasm and creativity, as well as his reliability and attention to detail. His knowledge of other CVSs and the 'infrastructure' sector as a whole has also been of great benefit".
Chris Barrett, Chair, Council for Voluntary Service Uttlesford