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Specialist Business Support

It is not unusual for VCSE organisations to exist day to day, from fund to fund – hoping that the next application will come through because the alternative doesn’t bear thinking about.

Maybe your organisation isn’t quite as dramatic as that – you have enough coming in to carry on doing what is needed but all those ideas you have….that’s another story!

We’re not miracle workers, but when was the last time you took a step back and looked at the bigger picture? Have you read your business plan lately? Do you have a business plan?

Planning, fundraising, marketing, and finance – these all work better when looked at in advance. However, we know it can be hard to prioritise, or even know where to start. That is where the Business Support Service here at Community Action Suffolk can help.

  • Business Planning
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Funding strategies and planning
  • Marketing and Social media
  • Impact measurement
  • Professional Services

Our Business Support Officer: Sabrina Ward

Sabrina joined CAS back in August 2017

“I am loving my role here at Community Action Suffolk. It is exciting for me to be able to meet and help so many different organisations on a one to one basis. In the past I was a Business Adviser for Business Link and spent much of my time helping businesses with tasks such as Business Planning, diagnosing issues and signposting external support. I also specialised in training and development – working with people to maximise their full potential.

Since Business Link ended I have worked for Suffolk Constabulary and Menta as a Business Trainer. I have had some great experiences but none more so than when I’m supporting organisations, as this is what I love to do.”

Group Training

Sabrina delivers 2 of our training courses – an Introduction to Business Planning and our Leadership and Management course – More than a Manager. Courses for individuals start from £70 per person. Please contact us for a quote for larger groups.

Specialist Business Support

It’s a classic feeling – you know what you need to do, but taking that first step and getting started is always the hardest part. Why not get Sabrina to walk you through the process? As well as training courses, Sabrina is also able to offer 121 planning support to individual organisations, and may, in some instances also be able to signpost suitable funding for that support. Whether it’s a full business plan, a review or just some support around future proofing in general, get in touch for a free initial meeting and quote. Support starts at £250 + VAT per day.

Useful resources

BusinessatCAS – Follow Sabrina Ward on twitter for hints and hips for VCSE’s trying to be sustainable

Funding4Suffolk – Information on grants available in Suffolk

Charity Commission – Blog News and updates on issues affecting the sector

NCVO – A one-stop shop to answer your questions on VCSE’s

Suffolk County Council – A host of information on what is available locally


Sabrina Ward, Business Support Officer
Please note I work Mondays and Wednesdays. Please email me and I will respond on my return.

Follow me on Twitter @BusinessatCAS