A new office and plans to grow a team of consultants have been unveiled by funding experts Heaward Solutions.
Founded by Andrew Heaward around four years ago, Heaward Solutions has won well over £1.5m in grants and other funding for charities and sports clubs.
Now the company is moving from Andrew’s home office to the Parkhall Business Village, Stoke-on-Trent, and recruiting with the support of Keele University’s Santander Internship scheme.
Looking forward, the company has ambitious plans to develop a network of expert consultants across the UK.
Andrew, of Blythe Bridge, said: “We work with charities and not for profits across the country to help them to generate essential funding needed for projects. In turn, this supports thousands of people with much needed support, so it’s an extremely satisfying business to be in.
“I have grown the company reputation by word of mouth and now we are in a position to expand. I now need to add additional support and this means a move away from my home office to a space in Marcus House, Parkhall, Stoke-on-Trent.
“Heaward Solutions has been working with Keele University as we sought support to grow via the KRISP scheme. This led to work with a student from the business school and that’s been such a success that we’ve secured funding to help initially employ a Keele graduate through the Santander Universities scheme.”
International Business Masters student Lara Spray initially worked with Heaward Solutions through the Universities KRISP programme and once she completes her final year project at Keele and will join Heaward Solutions as a Junior Consultant this summer.
Andrew added that the next stage of growth involved sourcing a network of Associate consultants across the country who can add specific expertise to Heaward Solutions.
He explained: “My background lies in sports management and in sourcing grants for projects, so I’m looking for associates with complementary skills in areas such as charity management.”
Heaward Solutions has won funding for a diverse range of community groups across the UK and gave strategic support to the successful Milton Keynes bid to be crowned European City of Sport 2020.
Closer to home, Andrew supported Staffordshire Ladsandads to win funding for a series of development projects, including improvements at their Trubshaw Cross football centre.
Landmark successes include support to win grants for a community gym near Hereford which helps to fund action on Alzheimer’s Disease; assisting a heritage railway to secure a huge Covid recovery grant; helping National League football clubs to win community safety grants and working with Rudyard Lake Trust to fund a new canoe store and launch canoe and paddle board hire.
Added Andrew: “There’s a wealth of fantastic ideas for projects to support communities across the UK, but the funding picture is complicated and external help is often necessary to plot a way forward and unlock sources of money. We can also assist with support to set up not for profits, Crowdfunding campaigns, training, sport and leisure management and awards programmes. There’s also a real need right now around pandemic recovery support”
To find out more about Heaward Solutions, please go online to www.heawardsolutions.co.uk.
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