We are a consultancy that uses the experience gained in the CDFI and social enterprise
sectors to help other organisations that are seeking to become sustainable. These
organisations can include new CDFIs, existing CDFIs that want to develop and new
or existing social enterprises. We can also supply expertise to local authorities,
LEPs and increasingly business mentoring organisations.
As a consultancy, we have set up a CDFI as Project Manager, run a CDFI as Chief
Executive for several years and operated on CDFI boards. We can also involve other
practitioners to contribute to larger projects. In addition, we have also worked
with social enterprises to help them convert their ideas into income generating businesses.
Andrew Baker is currently a board member at SEEM, which works with social businesses
across the region and beyond.
Andrew Baker is an MBA qualified community finance professional. He worked at a
senior level within the aerospace industry before setting up Derbyloans in 2002.
Until mid 2007 he was Chief Executive of Derbyloans and managed it from tiny beginnings
to a thriving community business with four branches across Derbyshire. It has continued
to grow and now operates across an even wider area under the MCF brand - Midlands
As well as setting up and running a successful CDFI, Andrew has raised capital and
revenue for clients from various public and private funders, including DWP Growth
Fund, the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and Tudor Trust. Andrew believes that in order
to be successful, CDFIs must become more business focused and the development of
financial planning models is a strong personal interest.
In addition to financial planning systems, the consultancy can provide expertise
on funding, training, operations management and strategy and process development.
So if you are seeking a resource for a specific project, some background to help
you understand the CDFI sector or an experienced business mentor, click on the tab
for contact details.