Stepping Out NOW                                February 2016
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Are you in charge of your own destiny?
Or at the mercy of events?

Wanting to be in control of your future is, we find, one of the biggest motivators for organisations applying to the Big Potential fund.
Whether it's by winning a new bunch of contracts or attracting new investment, organisations large and small are looking to move away from either short-life grants or the single big contract.
Big Potential is run by Social Investment Business and uses organisations like Stepping Out to help charities and social enterprises to grow as businesses. 
Stepping Out is a top-performing provider of contract and investment readiness support because we always deploy consultants who themselves have led a social business. So they know what it's like to walk in your shoes.
So if you want to master your destiny, and you think Big Potential might help you get there, give us a call and we'll see how we can help.


On the Sofa 

This month, we are joined by Dr Linda Harris founding Chief Executive of Spectrum. A former Wakefield General Practitioner and Clinical Director, Linda has championed the needs of vulnerable people for over 15 years. We asked Linda about her spin out journey.

Ask the Expert




Click here to read the responses.

Stepping Out Associate, Nick Money is a trusted adviser, senior business manager and non-executive. He offers high-calibre business planning and change consultancy, primarily to mutual and social enterprises.
This month we asked Nick the following: 

1. What do you think organisations should be doing in the current climate?

2. What’s your most frequent piece of advice to clients about how they can adapt?

3. What are the most important things to do quickly if an organisation finds itself losing a major contract?

4. What are the ‘easiest’ fixes in your view?

5. What role do you think Partnerships and mergers have in this climate?

6. What in your view are the critical factors that make for organisations being able to sustain and grow their mission in the coming years?

Good Reads/Watch

The year ahead: Adapt or Die - Craig Dearden-Phillips - Third Sector

Volunteers in the public sector are needed - Rob Jackson - Third Sector

Thinking of spinning out? Beware the taxman... - Ellen Main-Jeffrey - Pioneers Post

The Social Value Act in 2016 - Ellie Ward - Pioneers Post

Mark Norbury to join UnLtd as new Chief Executive

Want to Survive? Don’t scrimp on your FD - Craig Dearden-Phillips

Big Potential - Approved Suppliers


Stepping Out are proud to announce our status as approved suppliers for both Big Potential Breakthrough and Big Potential Advanced.

Big Lottery Fund’s new £10 million fund is aimed at eligible voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations (VSCEs) to improve their sustainability, capacity and scale and help them deliver greater social impact for communities across England

Big Potential is administered by the Social Investment Business on behalf of the Big Lottery Fund in partnership with Locality, Social Enterprise UK, Charity Bank and the University of Northampton.

A grant from the fund will help VCSEs, at the very beginning of their social investment journey, to get specialist and tailored support to become investment ready.

If you would like to know more about how Big Potential and Stepping Out can support you and your organisation, call us today on 01223 781145.


SEUK - Fit for the Future - 3rd March 2016

The MJ Future Forum:  Planning for the next four years - 21st and 22nd April 2016

The MJ Achievement Awards 2016 - 16th June 2016

EO DAY 2016 - 1st July 2016


Congratulations to staff at Independence Matters' Harford Hill on their successful nomination in this year’s Norfolk Care Awards. 

Congratulations to Catalyst Choices who have celebrated their first birthday as a spin out Social Enterprise.
Support and investment to grow your business
If you are looking for support to grow your social business contact us 01223 781145 or

Join Our Talent Pool!
We get involved in some fascinating assignments and have associate opportunities for people with particular skills and experience that will help move our clients forward.  If you have a talent that you think those setting up and developing new public service delivery models could benefit from then we’d love to hear from you.  Send a CV and covering note to Rachel Willer at
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