Alex Bird
Specialising in the ‘Third Sector’ – Co-operatives, Community Businesses, Social Enterprises, Voluntary Organisations, and Charities – but with a strong commercial background.
I’ve spent my career at a senior level in Nationalised Industry, worker  co-ops, Local Government and the Charity Sector, so I bring realism and experience to your project.
I am a Member of the Institute of Economic Development, and operate to their Code of Ethics & Professional Conduct

I can help you with:-

  • Research into aspects of public policy linked to co-operatives and mutuals, the solidarity economy, co-operation and local economic development
  • Governance, Social Responsibility, Co-operative Principles & Ethics – making your legal structure match your organisation’s culture
  • Strategic & Business Planning – helping you through the process of consultation, discussion, drafting, review, detailed planning and timetabling.
  • Feasibility Studies – looking at new possibilities for expansion
  • Financial forecasting – I use the industry standard Sage WinForecast, which avoid the errors in spreadsheets, and produces Balance Sheet and Profit and Loss forecasts as well as Cash-Flows. This, together with real-world knowledge of what things really cost, and how long they take, produces financial forecasts that are realistic
  • Public Speaking at your conference or event

Initial Meeting I am always happy to meet up and discuss your project, so see in what way I can assist you. An initial meeting is always free of charge.