Case Studies: Business Planning
Our work supports the growth of confident, creative, financially stable community organisations.
Leith Community Crops in Pots
This project grow from early volunteer beginnings and developed very quickly with a Climate Challenge Fund application. This allowed them to establish a productive community garden in Leith and an “urban croft” with propagation sheds, polytunnels, raised beds and growing spaces. They work in schools and with local people. Sadly their CCF extension funding bid failed and they approached us to assist them with commercialising activity to secure front line health and well-being services and environmental projects.
“You really seem to have captured in the quotes from people something vitally important about Leith. In fact they were so apt to Leith that it nearly made me cry, living here all my life and seeing the things I've seen, (I could tell a story or two) there is just such a brutal honesty about some of these quotes that really fit with my own experiences of this place, and of course that is the reason the charity exists, because my experiences and many others have been so similar to those comments."
They now have a sustainable business plan based on learning, placement fees, sales and a small café. Beyond the commission we supported them with an Esmee Fairbairn bid and negotiations for long term management of the land which was successful so they have some security. This business plan is helping them manage the project on a day to day basis.
Ullapool Community Trust
Ullapool is a lively seaside community with a huge range of community-led groups. We worked with the local development trust to strengthen and develop their New Broom project – a community shop and hub connecting local people and selling second hand products. We undertook a community consultation, feasibility study and business plan, before helping the Trust to submit a funding application to secure the asset.
In January 2017, the Trust was awarded £138,000 from the Scottish Land Fund towards the purchase and refurbishment of the building.
“Community Enterprise were instrumental in the success of our Community Hub project. Their engagement work in our community and their attention to detail in understanding our specific needs was fantastic. Their business planning and flexibility to the requirements of our project was of an extremely high standard, their partnership approach made working with them both enjoyable and reassuring....we hope to continue this working relationship well into the future.”
Crossroads Community Hub – Ayrshire Food from Ayrshire Folk
Ayrshire Food from Ayrshire Folk are securing the asset of the recently closed rural school to develop a farm shop, café and shared community space to regenerate this remote and vulnerable rural area. We led on the research and used this to construct a complex business plan for a facility to meet local needs while running a sustainable commercial business.
The organisation has now achieved a fully costed business plan to back up an asset transfer and a road map on how to operate what could be a highly risky rural business.
Kingdom Off Road Motorcycling Club
Based in Fife, this motocross Club has exciting ambitions to develop a one-of-a-kind indoor facility for its members. We began working with the Club in 2013 initially to scope out ideas and carry out some early research. This led to feasibility funding and a full business plan. During this phase, the group recognised it needed to build its capacity and pilot some ideas and with our help, they secured funding to run an innovative test programme. They worked with us again to evaluate that programme and on the back of that, secured funding to run a 2 year project. Growth has been significant over the last year: the Club now employs its first full time Development Officer and has a fast growing membership. In recent months, they attracted SportScotland investment to develop the coaching aspects of the Club.
With our support, the Club has been transformed over the last 5 years: the trustees have the confidence and skills needed to lead the organisation, there is core funding in place to deliver activities and now, paid staff to ensure the Club is managed well day to day. The Club is also better connected and able to access a range of support from other programmes and organisations where needed.