Charity gets help with business plan

Blyth-based ESCAPE Family Support.
Blyth-based ESCAPE Family Support.
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A drug misuse charity has been given support to create an operational business plan to help raise funds.

Blyth-based charity ESCAPE Family Support called on the help of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust to provide expert advice and guidance in order to put a plan in place that would determine their long-term future and the commercial viability of the organisation.

As a result, ESCAPE is now able to rely on a plan, which allows them to raise funds over and above the running costs of the building and to commit to delivering a service to those in need of support.

The trust paid for a specialist consultant, who had previous experience within the drug addiction and recovery sector, to develop an operational business plan alongside the team which would allow them to raise funds over and above the running costs of their building.

Peter Mitchell, director of Escape Trading, said: “The team worked so hard to raise the funds to purchase the hall and then we were faced with the challenge of making it a sustainable business, while continuing to offer much needed services to the community.

“We simply didn’t have the time to do all the work ourselves.

“We were able to work with a leading consultant who had the experience that we needed.

“We created a plan that would allow us to become a functioning and profitable social enterprise.”

Andy Lock, from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, said: “It is organisations like ESCAPE that really showcase the work that we do.

“They are offering a specialist service, which provides valuable support to local people, but like many organisations it was difficult for them to take the next step and turn it into a business model.”