Services available from Andy Beaton Consultancy include the following:

Legal Structures

Group or individual support to introduce legal structures for Social Enterprises and Voluntary Organisations: Options Appraisals for organisations: Briefings and / or direct support with registration or conversion processes and Training / briefings for boards / management committees

Effective Governance

Group or individual briefings on concept and key areas of effective governance, training for boards / management committees and support on individual areas of governance

Quality Accreditation (inc. Investors in People)

Introduction to options available, research into specialist accreditations and organisational requirements, together with support in preparation for accreditation

Policies and Procedures

Audit of current policies, identification of gaps, drafting and collation of new and revised policies 

Social Enterprise Mark

Advice on benefits of gaining ‘Mark’, support with application process inc. eligibility for fast–tracking of applications

Disability & Equality Issues

Review and updating of Policies and Procedures. Support and advice regarding best practice in employment and service delivery. Particular specialism in business & enterprise development for disabled people

Social Enterprise Awareness

Group or individual introduction to social enterprise, understanding characteristics, support to establish if Social Enterprise is right for you. Support to development an enterprise including research, advice, options appraisals and action planning

Changing into a Social Enterprise

Support to identify the most appropriate business model and structure to support your future activity, key issues and activities within the change process

Social Firms

Advice and support to develop employment opportunities for people significantly disadvantaged in the labour market. Introduction and background to this business model, developing understanding of similarities and differences from other Social Enterprises

Developing and reviewing Business Plans

Support with structure and content. Comprehensive review of draft plans as a ‘Critical Friend’. Feedback on plans and Identification of areas for further development

Developing and reviewing Tender / Funding Bids

Support with structure and content. Comprehensive review of draft bids as a “Critical Friend”. Feedback on draft tenders / bids and identification of areas for further development

In addition to the above, Andy would be happy to quote for any specific project / commission in relation to any of the above areas. In addition, he is also an  experienced and skilled meeting / seminar facilitator and is available to support your organisational “Away Days” or “Strategic Planning Sessions”


  • Public Liability & Professional Indemnity Insurance provided by Markel (UK) Ltd. Policy Number A380980711
  • SFEDI Accredited Business Adviser in both general & social enterprise specific business advice
  • Holds current City & Guilds Adult Learning Qualification

Andy has a strong committment to quality in all aspects of service delivery, and will work in conjunction with you to ensure that all aspects of your support are delivered in an efficient, effective and timely manner. Feedback on services is warmly welcomed.