NCVO Annual Conference 2019 sponsors and exhibitors

The NCVO Annual Conference will take place on Monday 1 April 2019.


The following organisations are our sponsors for the Annual Conference.


Headline sponsor

Zurich is one of the leading providers of risk and insurance solutions to Britain’s public services, including charities, social enterprises and other not-for-profit organisations.

We insure over 15,000 not-for-profit organisations across the UK, covering charities of all shapes and sizes.

We offer:

  • Excellent customer service
  • Specialist not-for-profit insurance with £5 million public liability cover as standard
  • Flexible cover that can be tailored to the needs of organisations
  • Help to deliver risk management strategies and best practices to protect your communities

For more information, please visit:


Lead sponsor

At Ruffer we have a distinctive approach to investing which we believe is well suited to the needs and goals of charities and their trustees. We focus on delivering ‘all weather’ investment returns and protecting and growing the value of our client’s assets throughout the market cycle.

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Drinks sponsor

Cass Business School, part of City, University of London, is a leading global business school driven by world-class knowledge, innovative education and a vibrant community. Cass has been at the leading edge of business education for over 50 years, developing leaders who help businesses thrive through change and uncertainty.

The faculty are experts in their fields, producing cutting-edge research with real-world impact. The recent Research Excellence Framework results assessed 84% of Cass research to be world-leading or internationally excellent.

Cass educates nearly 4,000 students each year on globally renowned programmes, who join a 45,000+ strong alumni community across 160+ countries. 

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Dinner sponsor

As the UK’s first interim management provider and a leading executive search firm, Russam GMS is known for ensuring organisations makes the right strategic appointments. We believe in enabling organisations and individuals to thrive and given our depth of understanding of the sector, we give our clients the confidence to make the right strategic hires.

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Dinner sponsor

Trustees Unlimited was founded to address the challenge many not for profit organisations face - trying to recruit high-quality trustees from a wide range of backgrounds in a rigorous and yet cost-effective way. It is a joint venture bringing together NCVO, Bates Wells, and Russam GMS. Over the last 10 years, Trustees Unlimited has helped recruit over 400 new board members to a wide variety of organisations. We are committed to improving governance in the social sector and through recruitment, training and mentoring have developed a unique offering that is helping many organisations strengthen their boards.



During the breaks and at lunchtime you'll have the opportunity to speak to our exhibitors who can offer you practical advice, plus time and money saving solutions.

The following exhibitors will be at this year's Annual Conference.

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'The answer’s yes – what’s the question?'

For 26 years Action Planning has been helping Boards and Chief Executives lead with purpose, meeting diverse needs with insight, imagination and integrity. Our core services fall under the headings of Governance and Strategy, Fundraising and Marketing, and People and Practice, but we never know what we are going to be asked to do next! So if you have a problem or an opportunity and don’t know quite where to turn – ask us!

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Atkinson HR Consulting

We help create change, build capacity and drive quality around people management, performance and leadership in values-driven organisations.

We specialise in strategic HR support, leadership development and change management and have over 12-years' senior management experience in the voluntary and higher education sectors.

Our values-driven approach focuses on creating meaningful change for organisations through outcome-focused and pragmatic consultancy, project leadership, training and coaching.

For further details visit our website:


At Barclays, we understand that the financial needs of charities are as wide and varied as the organisations themselves, and recognise the challenges the sector is facing.

We have a long history of working in close partnership with charities, foundations and other non-profits who appreciate our comprehensive investment management services. We help charities invest responsibly for income generation, capital growth and capital preservation.

We have dedicated specialists and provide a holistic approach, always taking the time to truly understand your goals in order to help you navigate complex regulatory demands while preserving and growing your assets.


Bloom We are Bloom. Our approach to professional services procurement is different.

We specialise in helping the public sector buy professional services better whilst making it easier for suppliers to win public sector business.

Registering with us is free and gives access to opportunities with the 300+ public sector organisations we currently work with.

We’re at conference stand 28 to listen and learn how we can better support charities and voluntary organisations to secure contracts and hopefully welcome more organisations into our supplier community. 


CAF is a charity, owner of CAF Bank and a champion for better giving. For over 90 years, we’ve been providing the insight, advice, financial support and expertise to help charities make a bigger difference for the communities they serve. We offer access to a range of tailored services to help charities reach their potential:

  • Banking and borrowing
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  • Strategic consultancy and grantmaking
  • Fundraising tools
  • Legacy programmes

We lead Giving Tuesday – a global day of giving – in the UK, and deliver world-class research on giving trends, including UK Giving and the World Giving Index.

Talk to us today.

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CCLA CCLA is one of the UK's leading charity fund managers.  We provide funds and services designed to meet the distinctive needs of charities and public sector organisations. Our clients benefit from our strong long-term performance record, competitive and fair pricing, and our enduring commitment to their priorities. Our ownership ensures our stability and independence.

CCLA Investment Management Limited and CCLA Fund Managers Limited are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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Charity Finance Group is committed to inspiring the development of a financially-confident, dynamic and trustworthy charity sector.

We strongly believe that financial confidence and effectiveness enables charities to achieve more for their beneficiaries, and we strive to equip our member charities and the wider sector with the knowledge, skills and conditions they need to ensure that every pound works that bit harder, achieving a greater impact for even more beneficiaries.

Find out more about what we do and the benefits of membership:


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As one of the UK’s leading Wealth Managers providing a truly bespoke discretionary investment management service to our clients, Charles Stanley manages over £1.38bn* on behalf of 860* charity clients.

It is the personal relationship our investment managers have with each charity that sets us apart, and as a client, you will also benefit from a bespoke service, tailored policy guidance, ethical expertise, trustee training as well as thought leadership through our bi-annual magazine, Charities InFocus.

With over 20 offices across the UK, our Charity Team can offer a genuinely local service.

*as at 31 December 2018

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Charity Property Help (CPH) is a pro bono service designed to assist charities and voluntary organisations, by providing free support and guidance on all property matters in the UK.

Founded by the Return Foundation and managed by RICS, in partnership with the Charity Finance Group and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations.

Many charities and voluntary organisations need advice on property matters. CPH is designed to assist them with managing their property assets more effectively by providing a minimum of a one-hour consultation with a RICS Regulated firm free of charge.

Visit to register today.


ClearComm specialises in GDPR compliance, outsourced data protection officer (DPO) services along with cybersecurity solutions.

Our experience is specifically in the not-for-profit sector allowing us to offer insight into the data protection challenges within your organisation.

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We provide outsourced contact centres, technology and support to help companies communicate with their customers more effectively. It’s a human approach, enhanced by technology.

Multi-channel helplines

We have a professional team of call handlers operating helplines 24/7. Encompassing qualified money and debt advisers, nurses and counsellors, our Contact Centre staff are experts in their field and regularly supporting callers toward positive outcomes.

Digital service delivery

We believe technology can make great things happen – so long as it’s centred around people. Our technology can support your CRM efforts, allowing you to connect, engage and build lasting relationships with your customers.


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Croner has over 75 years’ experience operating in the compliance market and has been assisting the voluntary sector with their HR and employment law needs for decades.

At the heart of Croner is a commitment to the continued health and growth of our clients. This means we’re not just a source of expert help, but also a trusted sounding board. Through the hundreds and thousands of discussions we have every year with clients, we identify trends and help future-proof their organisations with timely advice and new services.

DBS logo The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaced the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) in 2012.

Safeguarding is at the heart of everything we do at the DBS.

We are responsible for:

  • processing requests for criminal records checks (DBS checks)
  • making considered decisions regarding whether an individual should be barred from engaging in regulated activity with children, adults or both, in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • maintaining the children’s and adults’ barred lists.


Further information - Barring:

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Further information - Disclosure

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Disclosure Services have been providing Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal record checks since 2002. We offer DBS, AccessNI and Disclosure Scotland PVG scheme membership, basic, standard and enhanced level checks.

Disclosure Services use a suite of tools for fast, accurate applications, real-time application tracking, MI reporting and more. Our friendly, experienced team support a broad range of clients across private, public, charitable and not-for-profit organisations.

Our primary goal is to support our clients with timely, accurate information and expert personal service.

NCVO members benefit from up to 40% savings on Disclosure Services regular admin fees.

For more information call 01978 510100 or submit an enquiry at


DSC has helped make tens of thousands of charities stronger for over 40 years and we continue to help you today.

We provide training courses, publications, online funding databases, research, conferences, a bookshop and lots of free resources on our websites such as top tips and best-practice articles. If you work for a charity, we aim to support you in everything you do.

We’re also fighting your corner through our policy activities – working hard to make the UK a better environment for charities to thrive in and help those you’re there for.

T: 0207 697 4200


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Eden Tree Investment Management – Profit with Principles That is what we aim to deliver. We believe that a company’s business activity, it’s environmental and community impact and the way it interacts with its stakeholders can all positively contribute to returns.

This is why these factors are integral to our responsible investment process and why EdenTree has won numerous awards including the Moneyfacts Best Ethical Investment Provider of the Year Award for the past ten consecutive years.

Call us to discuss how investing responsibly will benefit your charity. EdenTree Investment Management Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and is a member of the Investment Association.

T: 0800 032 3778 

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ella forums delivers a leadership development programme that focuses on you becoming a more effective leader. CEO’s and Leaders of charities and social enterprises come together at monthly meetings all over the country to hear the latest thinking from expert speakers, and participate in peer group learning.

As a leader, you are invited to attend a meeting as our guest to see first-hand how you could benefit from ella forums. Contact Phil Thompson This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 07703 291737 for more details”

Visit us on Stand 7 in the “King George III Suite” for more information.

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The Fundraising Regulator is the independent voluntary regulator of charitable fundraising in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Having launched in July 2016, we maintain and uphold the standards set out in the Code of Fundraising Practice and its associated Rulebooks for Face-to-Face Fundraising. We are also responsible for the operation of the Fundraising Preference Service, giving the public more control over the communication they receive from charities.

We constantly aim to work with charities and representative bodies to improve public trust and confidence in the sector by producing guidance, improving fundraising standards and handling public complaints effectively.

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The Good Exchange’s online platform automatically brings together and matches organisations or individuals with money to give with the causes that need it most. Charities and Community Groups can apply for funds via The Good Exchange’s single, on-line application process, cutting the time wasted making grant applications and increasing the chance of success. Grant-makers and donors can see which charities and community groups are looking for money and work collaboratively to deliver a measurable impact on social problems and build community engagement. Match funding motivates the public to fundraise for their favourite good causes.


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Good Finance is a collaborative project created to help improve access to information on social investment for charities and social enterprises.

Alongside our website and investor directory, we provide online content (webinars, podcasts, blogs and case studies) and a series of events to connect you to peers and investors.


Groop (Gruːp) is the community management platform that Groops people together.

We help people to efficiently and securely work together with our easy to use and time saving community management tools.

We run a reliable service for every community. From independent groups and clubs to large organisations, you can focus on growing your community.

We’re a socially focused business and we aim to empower groups and volunteers by providing a unique, all-in-one platform, ensuring groups can communicate with each other, stay compliant and meet safeguarding standards.

Reporting data outputs and impact is easy through our innovative reporting tools.

HR Services Partnership

From ad-hoc queries to a fully outsourced HR department, HRSP provides not-for-profits with quality HR services at a reasonable price and complete flexibility.

Whether you want to double-check on your TUPE obligations, or need a sounding board to manage a poor performer, our qualified consultants have the sector-experience to help you navigate and mitigate risk.

Our clients value our knowledge of the sector and our practical approach. We are proud to:

  • be an NCVO Trusted Supplier;
  • provide a dedicated consultant to every client;
  • employ only CIPD qualified consultants;
  • have Investors in People Accreditation.

T. 014 0324 0205


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HSF health plan is the trading subsidiary of the Hospital Saturday Fund, a registered charity that has been helping people in times of illness and medical need since 1873.

HSF health plan aims to offer the largest possible amount of generous employee benefits in a variety of low-cost health cash plan schemes to families. By doing so, surplus profits are donated to the Hospital Saturday Fund so that charitable donations can continue to be made to medical charities, hospitals, hospices and individuals across the UK and Ireland.


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Searching for volunteers with finance expertise? Or looking for support as a volunteer? The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) can help.

Not-for-profit organisations can promote their voluntary opportunities free of charge on to our audience of finance professionals who get a buzz from making a difference.

ICAEW also has a Volunteering Community which is open to all and offers:

  • professional liability insurance for UK volunteering activities
  • access to the ICAEW Trustee Training modules to help you feel confident in your trustee role 
  • regular newsletters sharing the latest news, opinion and resources


Phoenix Software

ITRM is an award-winning, proactive Managed IT Services Provider, providing innovative services and solutions to businesses and charities in London and the South East. We are able to offer a comprehensive suite of solutions and services that incorporate IT Support, Consultancy & Advisory services, Voice & Data Connectivity, Web and App development services and Cabling & Electrical services. We are the Complete Managed Services Provider.

ITRM is an NCVO Trusted Supplier and have developed a portfolio of services exclusive to NCVO members. Find out how ITRM can help you maximise the value of IT in your business.

T: 020 8308 3300

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Kiln is a unique agency providing creative and IT services exclusively for the voluntary sector. Created by VAST, Kiln was launched to tackle a growing need for professional support in charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises. With staff who understand the sector, and an innovative bursary scheme supporting charitable projects, the socially responsible agency delivers quality services at prices that won’t break the bank.

For all your creative and IT needs, talk to Kiln today 

LWF The Living Wage Foundation is the organisation at the heart of the movement for a real living wage. There are now over 5,000 living wage employers, from a range of industries and sectors, who are choosing to go further than the government's minimum and pay their staff a wage that is enough to live on. We also work with a network of funders who are driving pay rises through their grant-making. Low pay in the charity sector remains above the average in the UK and it’s up to all of us to change that.
National Lottery Community Fund

The National Lottery Community Fund uses money raised by National Lottery players to help communities thrive. From small, local projects to UK-wide initiatives, our funding brings people together to make a difference to their health, wellbeing and environment. Since June 2004 we have awarded £9 billion to projects that improve the lives of millions of people.

For more information please go to or phone the Advice Line on 034 5410 2030.

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NHS England will be on hand to talk to you about how and why NHS organisations and local councils across England are working together to transform, design and deliver health and care services so that every person is supported by professionals acting as one team from organisations working as one system.

Visit our stand to hear from colleagues and find out how we are working together with local government to deliver on the commitments made in the Long-term plan and how every health and care leader can play their part in transforming services for patients.

For more information, visit:

OnBoard Modified Board Meeting Software

At Passageways, we inspire and enable teams to perform better, together. We do that by delivering a remarkable, collaborative experience by leveraging technology, talent and insightful analytics. OnBoard, the next-generation board portal from the Passageways technology suite is a meeting solution that can be used on any device, anywhere, that makes preparing and running board meetings easy. A board portal that is future-ready, now! OnBoard leverages next-generation technologies to drive user engagement and generate efficiencies and cost savings for your organisation.


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PayPal Giving Fund is a registered charity that raises millions of pounds each year to benefit UK charities. We enable people to give through programmes operated by PayPal, eBay, GoFundMe, Facebook and Humble Bundle. PayPal Giving Fund receives funds donated through these platforms and seeks to grant them to charities recommended by donors.

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Phoenix Software

Phoenix Software is the UK’s leading supplier of software, hardware, devices, IT solutions and Software Asset Management services to NCVO Members. As an NCVO trusted supplier, we leverage significant discounts which are available to all members via an extensive number of specially-negotiated deals with leading global suppliers. We are highly-accredited with the major software and hardware vendors including Microsoft, VMware, Dell, HPE, Trend Micro, Adobe, Citrix, License Dashboard and Sophos, making us the premier partner for all your IT requirements.

T: 019 0456 2200

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PleaseReview provides a powerful solution to the challenges of reviewing documents such as funding applications, annual reports, governing and regulatory documents. Working in close collaboration with your team, internally and with third parties, to co-author, review or redact documents in a controlled, easy-to-manage environment.

Eliminate time spent consolidating different versions and simplify conflicting changes all in real-time on a single version. Document owners maintain total control and can easily keep track of reviewer progress. Keep collaboration simple and help your team make the best use of their time.


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Premier Charity Solutions is a leading supplier of IT and web services to charities and non-profits nationwide. We offer advice and consultation on IT and web solutions, from IT support and networking through to cloud solutions and website design. Our range of services are packaged exclusively for charities to provide the best service at the best prices.

We have earned an impressive reputation due to our professional approach, vast industry knowledge and highly-praised customer service. We know that, as a charity, your IT network and systems are often low priority and our understanding of the financial pressures facing non-profits means our IT services have been priced to be cost-effective while offering the best possible solution.

Quilter Cheviot

Quilter Cheviot has built a strong reputation over several hundred years as a respected firm of investment managers. Quilter Cheviot focuses on structuring and managing bespoke portfolios for charities, trusts, pension funds, private clients and professional intermediaries. Throughout our history, our standards and values have remained consistent. Our impartial approach, high standards of personal service, drive to build and preserve the wealth of our clients and a belief in the importance of a robust yet innovative investment process have remained unchanged.


Sarasin & Partners are a leading manager of charity portfolios, managing £6.1billion* for over 410* discretionary clients, representing over 45% of our £12.4 billion* assets under management.

We offer bespoke investment solutions: via segregated portfolios, single asset class funds or through our range of Charity Authorised Investment Funds. With over 20 years’ experience, we have a reputation for consistent investment performance and high-quality reporting.

Our ‘Compendium of Investment’ forms the basis for our trustee training programme and we have trained over 4,900 throughout the UK and Ireland.

T: 020 7038 7268 (John Handford)

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*as at 31.12.18

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Utility Aid are the largest energy broker for the not-for-profit sector in the UK. Dedicated to ethical energy provision and working in a way that is fair for all. They were awarded Most Trusted Energy Consultancy in the UK 2018.

Volunteer Space

Transform your volunteer management systems with the Volunteer Space digital volunteering platform. We offer the latest software innovation in volunteer recruitment, management and retention. It’s easy to use, eliminates time-consuming admin, and your volunteers will love it!

  • User-friendly interface
  • Streamlined recruitment and application processing
  • Recognition and endorsement features
  • Volunteer scheduling
  • Activity tracking and analytics

One powerful platform for all your volunteer needs. Flexible subscription models to suit large and small organisations. Visit our stand for a demonstration plus exclusive offers.

T: 078 2532 9525

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