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Adrian Ashton Consulting

Office, 6 White Hart Fold, Todmorden, OL14 7BD

T: 07786 492313 E: W:

Welcome to Adrian Ashton Consulting

Insight - Development - Encourangement

I’m a recognised, approved and accredited provider of advice, consultancy, training and research to various social enterprises, charities, sector bodies and other organisations.

I’m the only freelance consultant globally to annually openly publish a social value report on his services, that considers his impact on the economy, environment, and communities, that he trades within throughout the UK.

As you’ll see from the examples listed in my portfolio I work across various fields and I’m also a published commentator on policy and sector issues.



  • Developed and delivered offender enterprise programme for prisoners as part of their preparation for release from prison
  • Commissioned by national charities to support the development of their tender proposals and responses to be awarded public sector contracts
  • principle provider of consultancy support to clients of Manchester Metropolitan University programme on assisting social enterprise
  • appraised proposals for support to develop new rural enterprises on behalf of Plunkett foundation
  • specialist co-operative and social enterprise support through national Co-op Enterprise Hub, Unltd, Business Link, Cambridge Co-operative Development Agency, Big Potential, Impact Management, Power to Change
  • guest lecturer on social entrepreneurship to Cambridge University, Manchester Metropolitan University, University of Sheffield, University of Salford
  • creation of 2 new social firms creating employment for people experiencing mental ill health
  • Prevented insolvency of regional social enterprise supporting homeless
  • Created enterprise aspiration and supporting business start-up planning amongst prisoners
  • business advisor to student startups via University programmes
  • delivery of marketing and finance programmes for School of Social Entrepreneurs
  • review and delivery of distance learning course on financial management in charities and social enterprise


  • Part of delivery team with Manchester Met Uni researching economic and social capital impacts of micro providers of health and social care services
  • Collation and comparative analysis of vocational training within social enterprises across Europe
  • Guest speaker on the relationship between the co-operative and social enterprise movements at national conference
  • Research into co-operative childcare sector to inform development of national support and development programme to this type of co-operative enterprise
  • Research into legal and governance models for social firms
  • Unparalleled research into social enterprise training issues
  • Evaluation of 3-year national pilot programme for Arthritis Care


  • developed and delivered regional and national master-class programmes on social enterprise governance, and social impact
  • associate tutor to The Co-operative College and GMCVO, specialising in governance and business development
  • delivery of start-up training programmes for local enterprise agency
  • development and delivery of acclaimed training programmes for Unltd and Business Link Operators on governance, legal structures, and other aspects of (social) enterprise
  • drafting set of ‘start-up’ guides for social enterprise for sub-regional social enterprise support agency covering range of topics including feasibility, budgeting, marketing, business planning and structure
  • creation of accredited programme to enable charities and social enterprises to develop and launch new services and products
  • lead tutor on accredited University finance training programme for managers of charities and social enterprises


  • Instigation of regional flagship incubator for social enterprises
  • Created new framework to research community needs in respect of proposing further workspace developments in local communities
  • Supported national project to explore models for incubators for homeless entrepreneurs


  • bespoke facilitation days for various boards and trustees on a variety of issues
  • associate of national college with allocated specialism in governance
  • work with various enterprises at different stages in the development to explore how their chosen legal form will affect their intended governance arrangements


Adrian has won a number of awards:

  • 2017 – Excellence in UK Corporate Consultancy Services,CorporateLivewire Global Awards
  • 2017 – UK leading Adviser of the year, Acquisition International
  • 2017 – Best UK Social Enterprise consultant – Global SME Awards
  • 2017 – UK Niche Consultant of the Year (enterprise support and development), ACQ5 Global Awards
  • 2016 – Non Profit Consultant of the Year, and Excellence in Eco-friendly Initiatives, CV Magazine Consultancy Awards
  • 2016 – UK Niche Consultant of the Year (enterprise support and development), ACQ5 Global Awards
  • 2016 – ‘Ones to Watch’: top 50 business consultants, AI
  • 2016 – Excellence in Enterprise Consulting, Wealth & Finance Consultancy Elite
  • 2015 – Top10 UK Business Advisor, BIS & Enterprise Nation
  • 2015 – Leader in business advisory services, and Best in Sector for Social Enterprise consultancy, Acquisition International sector performance
  • 2015 – Best Social Enterprise Consultant (North West), Corporate Vision
  • 2015 – Shortlisted for Excellence and Innovation in Enterprise Support, UK Livewire
  • 2014 – Best in Sector for Social Enterprise Support, Dealfeed International
  • 2013 – ‘most enterprising member’, Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship


  •  Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship
  • new economics foundation
  • Fellow of the RSA
  • Fellow of the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
  • Locality
  • The UK Society of Co-operative Studies
  •  Co-operativesUK
  • The Plunkett Foundation
  • Voluntary Sector Studies Network
  • Organisation of Responsible Businesses
  • Social Firms England


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