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  • Using collaboration to improve sustainability

    Isle Help is an Advice Service Transition Fund project based on the Isle of Wight which has helped to improve the availability and sustainability of its Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) services in the area.

  • Merging infrastructure organisations to ensure sustainability

    By Tracy Rudling, CEO of Community 360. Two neighbouring infrastructure organisations in Essex and a training provider merge and create Community 360, a more sustainable organisation able to serve local communities more effectively and efficiently.

  • How to develop lasting partnerships

    Partnerships may be formal or informal, involve networking or detailed relationship-building, and create grass-roots relationships and/or strategic alliances. Developing partnerships is critical to the success of any community initiative. Although developing partnerships involves a lot of work for what may seem like little obvious or immediate return, the long-term impact is usually worth the wait, as Fair Share Trust* examples below show. 

  • How to start a relationship with a digital partner on the right footing

    The relationship and integration between a voluntary organisation and a digital agency is vital in creating effective and impactful digital products and services. But with different styles of working, different pressures and accountability, and often different approaches to decision making, there can be difficulties in making these relationships work well. With that in mind, it’s best to address the potential issues in an open and honest conversation. This How To maps out that conversation and, if you document it well, you can use it to create a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that forms the spirit and detail of a contract. Broadly, the process follows these questions: Who are we, and how are we going to work together? Who owns what and how can we maximise its value?

  • How to use Lean startup approaches in your organisation

    You may have heard people talking about using ‘Lean startup’ approaches or being ‘Lean’. What is being ‘Lean’, and is ‘Lean startup’ only for startups? Being ‘Lean’ means an organisation focuses only on the things that deliver the greatest value to their customers or service users and tries to eliminate other ‘waste’. The idea began in the Japanese manufacturing industry as a way of minimising waste in factory production processes, and was called ‘ Lean manufacturing ’. But since then, startup technology businesses adapted the principles to find new ways to build digital products and services and called this ‘ Lean startup ’. Tips for 'Lean' working Here are tips for applying Lean startup approaches to develop digital products and services in your organisation:

  • How to get your head around Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs)

    Over the last year, the European Funding Network has been arranging events around England bringing the voluntary sector and Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) together to discuss the future of EU funding.  Here are some of the key points we’ve learnt along the way.

  • About collaborative working

    An introduction to working with other organisations including getting started and key stages.

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