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Useful stuff

We bring together the best of business theory, good practice and real world experience to give our clients and learners the best advice, knowledge and learning.

To do so, we draw on the ideas and resources of wide range of experts, partners and support organisations.  Here you’ll find a selection of useful documents and links to download and explore.

Contact us by telephone on 01595 546 322 or email if you would like to know more about what is available and how to interpret and apply it to your situation. We’ll be pleased to talk through your needs.


Financial management for community shops. A training manual co-written by us for the community shop sector.

Finance manual

Trading for success. A practical guide co-written by us to marketing and financial management for community run food enterprises.

Practical guide

Expecting the unexpected. A guidance note from the Business Continuity Institute on how to assess risk of a disaster and develop a response plan. We can help you work through what it means for your organisation.

Business continuity


Institute of Leadership and Management.  ILM is the UK’s leading awarding body for management and leadership development. Fresh Management Solutions is an Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) approved learning provider.

Plunkett Foundation. Helping rural communities through community-ownership and advice, to take control of the issues affecting them.

Wales Cooperative Centre. A co-operative development agency working across Wales to promote social, financial and digital inclusion.

Co-operative Enterprise Hub. Enterprise support for co-operatives.

Co-operative and Community Finance. A community development finance institution (CDFI) lending for a social purpose.

HMRC for information on PAYE, VAT and Corporation tax.

GOV.UK. Replaces Business link, information on government services and information for business and enterprise.

Food Standards Agency. Government body responsible for food safety and hygiene across the UK.

Making local food work. Support programme for community based food initiatives.

Community Shares. Information on community shareholding.

Public Works Loan Fund. Information about the National Loans Fund for Parish Councils and other prescribed bodies.