“In Autumn 2012 Phil Parry carried out a research and business planning assignment for NAVCA’s Local Commissioning and Procurement Unit. This was a strategically important piece of work for NAVCA to explore and plan out our future offer of commissioning support to the voluntary and public sector beyond the life a lottery funded project. Phil interviewed a large number of stakeholders and undertook extensive market research for us. Phil drew inferences from the data to develop a business plan and a marketing plan to help us diversify our offer and our revenue generating options. He created us a detailed action plan with recommendations to help us break into new markets and raise our profile. Phil clearly has a great understanding and experience of the voluntary sector and the public sector. He understands public services and the wider public service reform policy agenda. Phil was always on hand when needed and happy to chew through ideas with us and adapt to our changing brief. He is approachable, professional and meticulous. Phil delivered the work to a high standard and on time and we have since recommended Phil to others..”

John Dawson, Commissioning Adviser, NAVCA

“Thank you for your professional and thorough approach in evaluating Positive Futures. I was impressed by the quality of your report and I am sure that my Management Committee will endorse this view. The report has provided us with an independent statement of the value of the Positive Futures service as well as giving us some recommendations for its further development”

Batook Pandya MBE, Director, S.A.R.I. (Support Against Racist Incidents)

“Phil played a key role in helping to bring together disparate views and voices and helped to meld these together into a coherent future plan of work which is now being fully implemented. He demonstrated real skill in listening and shaping thinking in a completely appropriate way and his input has been crucial over the past year in revitalizing SVSN and its role and future mission. SVSN felt that working with Phil was an absolutely key element in taking the organization forward and without his input it is difficult to see how we would have coped and survived. He therefore comes with the highest recommendation we can offer.”

Libby Lisgo MBE, Chief Executive Age Concern Somerset and Chair of Somerset Voluntary Sector Network (SVSN)

“SOFA Project engaged Phil Parry over 3 months for a complex multi-strand project entailing liaison with multiple agencies. Already confident in his ability from a previous commission for SOFA, we were happy to give him independence of action. He used this to full effect, and being well tuned into the aims of the project, proceeded to deliver in a very efficient manner, requiring only a light touch from SOFA's management. The project was finished on time and within budget; what's more, on his own initiative Phil raised a small number of funding applications, three of which succeeded. I would not hesitate to use Phil again.”

Julian Williams CBE, Director, SOFA Project - on the 2009 project to expand into North Somerset

“It is a first-class piece of work and absolutely provides what I had hoped for - clear evidence of need, and masses of statistics etc to prove it.”

Julian Williams CBE, Director, SOFA Project - on the 2006 feasibilty study

“In summary, I think they are excellent: they address the relevant issues and provide vital information that will really be useful in developing this business idea. Thank you indeed for all your hard work on this.”

Dr. Jonathan Benger, Consultant in Emergency Medicine UBHT and Senior Research Fellow, University of the West of England

“On the back of the groundwork you did for us, Lindsay concentrated her efforts on a very exciting project with the Somali community in Easton. We were finalists in the CIH UK housing awards last year for a DVD we produced.”

Linda Phillips, Tenant Participation Unit, Bristol City Council

“It was helpful to have an external facilitator for this event. The report is very useful and I will circulate it to all members.”

Gev Pringle, Chair of Tyne & Wear ChangeUp Consortium

“Thank you for the report and your support. It has been really good to have someone to bounce the ideas off and to focus them for us..”

Gail Chandler, Lockleaze Neighbourhood Trust

“ Inspired.”

“ Very informative! One of the best sessions, most info / practical advice. I have made lots of notes.”

“ I found this to be useful as it greatly expanded my view of marketing and showed some fields of marketing research I didn't know.”

“ It made me want to continue learning and he delivered a lot of information.”

“ Improved the knowledge of the market I'm about to jump into the deep end with.”

“ Phil made me realise how much you need to question everything involved with my business.”

“ It was fun and useful.”

“ Made me start to think about my market in a way I hadn't before. Prompted me to think about my business in a different way and how my personality will affect success”

“ Really thorough and useful. Opened my mind to the range of marketing techniques available”

“ Good info. Gave me more info on how I am going to do my research.”

Feedback from participants on the Prince's Trust Business Programme marketing session