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Jim Bennett

I have provided leadership in social change organisations, delivering at UK, Scottish and regional levels, over the past 35+ years. I am a specialist in social enterprise, community asset acquisition & commercialisation and community heritage.
I currently run my own non-profit consultancy business, operating for the past 17 years.
I was a founder senior member of staff of the £100 million charity, UnLtd. I was co-founder and Director of the Social Enterprise Academy and the Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition. I was also co-founder and Director of Freedom Bakery CIC and a Director of social enterprise consultancy, SKS Scotland, for over a decade. I have recently completed a 5-year stint as CEO at, community owned, Bannockburn House Trust.
Previously, I have also been:
- A Non-Executive Director of Resilient Scotland
- A Consortia Expert with Scottish Enterprise
- A community organisation support specialist with Highlands & Islands Enterprise
- A Sector Expert with Social Investment Scotland
- A Specialist advisor with Cooperative Development Scotland
- A Highlands and Island Enterprise SME specialist advisor. specialises in social enterprise, community land acquisition and commercialisation, social investment and community led heritage.

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Who was the organisation you worked to support?

Bannockburn House Trust

What was their challenge?

- Acquisition of significant assets
- funding acquisition (£multi-million)
- Business and strategic planning
- Financial forecasting
- all HR and Operational systems set-up

What was the support you provided / offered

- Property and asset acquistion
- muti-million funding acquisition
- commercial operations start-up & development
- business, finance and strategy planning
- capital develop planning and execution.

What was the impact or outcome of support?

- Acquisition of 30-acre estate plus a range of heritage buildings
- £2.7m funding acquisition
- capital development planning and delivery including car parks, toilets, significant repairs and major estate/gardens redevelopment
- set up and delivery of commercial trading for social purpose.