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Beware of the Bull raised over £90 for every £1 invested in our service last year.£1:£90 graphic

In 2015 we raised £1,508,680BOTB Infographic 2015 2b
for charities, social enterprises and community groups. A Return on Investment of £90.61:1, as against the Fundratios average of £7.88:1.

…focused on the end result…

Beware of the Bull helped us to concentrate on what funders are really looking for. They supported us through the application process and helped us to stay focused on the end result. We achieved so much in the few hours we worked together and our charity received a return of 117 times what the day cost us – definitely money well spent!

Emma Pears, Manager
SELFA, Skipton

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2015-09-02T13:15:27+00:00

Emma Pears, Manager
SELFA, Skipton

Beware of the Bull helped us to concentrate on what funders are really looking for. They supported us through the application process and helped us to stay focused on the end result. We achieved so much in the few hours we worked together and our charity received a return of 117 times what the day … Continue reading "…focused on the end result…"

…patience, good humour and encouragement…

From the initial meeting, Melody formed an understanding and grasp of our work and the goals we were seeking to achieve. This was demonstrated when matching applications with prospective funders. In all her dealings with us, Melody always showed much patience, good humour and encouragement and we thank her for all she has done.

Judith Simpson, Manager
Supporting Older People

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2015-09-02T13:23:47+00:00

Judith Simpson, Manager
Supporting Older People

From the initial meeting, Melody formed an understanding and grasp of our work and the goals we were seeking to achieve. This was demonstrated when matching applications with prospective funders. In all her dealings with us, Melody always showed much patience, good humour and encouragement and we thank her for all she has done.

…a quality evaluation service…

Beware of The Bull have undertaken all our project evaluation for the last two years, providing a service which is both professional and friendly. They take time and care to understand our unique requirements, from initial briefing stage, to the focus groups, interviews and data analysis. Melody and Natalie know how to communicate effectively with our service-users, who come from a wide variety of backgrounds and nationalities, in order to gather the information that is needed. They are helpful, giving us advice when we ask, and always reliable. We would highly recommend Beware of the Bull to any organisation looking for a quality evaluation service.

Carrie Wheater, Co-ordinator
Refugee Action York

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2015-09-02T13:18:47+00:00

Carrie Wheater, Co-ordinator
Refugee Action York

Beware of The Bull have undertaken all our project evaluation for the last two years, providing a service which is both professional and friendly. They take time and care to understand our unique requirements, from initial briefing stage, to the focus groups, interviews and data analysis. Melody and Natalie know how to communicate effectively with … Continue reading "…a quality evaluation service…"

…very impressive results…

Beware of the Bull offer an excellent service with very impressive results.Melody combines a calm and strategic approach to fund-raising planning with fast paced and accurate research and bid writing. Their prices are extremely competitive and their sense of humour and passion for the work second to none. They are a pleasure to work with.

Esmé Madill, Director
MPRC

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2015-09-02T13:19:44+00:00

Esmé Madill, Director
MPRC

Beware of the Bull offer an excellent service with very impressive results.Melody combines a calm and strategic approach to fund-raising planning with fast paced and accurate research and bid writing. Their prices are extremely competitive and their sense of humour and passion for the work second to none. They are a pleasure to work with.

…the team understand what is required of funding bids…

The team understand what is required of funding bids, the terminology and what exactly the funder is looking to see, with clear focus on the end result. The approach is friendly and passionate, going the extra mile to ensure the end product is perfect. OCAY has benefited from an excellent evaluation report and successful funding bids, at competitive process.

Catherine Hartley, Development Officer
Older Citizens' Advocacy York

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2016-02-17T14:07:25+00:00

Catherine Hartley, Development Officer
Older Citizens' Advocacy York

The team understand what is required of funding bids, the terminology and what exactly the funder is looking to see, with clear focus on the end result. The approach is friendly and passionate, going the extra mile to ensure the end product is perfect. OCAY has benefited from an excellent evaluation report and successful funding … Continue reading "…the team understand what is required of funding bids…"

…a very positive experience…

Working with Beware of the Bull was a very positive experience.This was the first funding application I had been involved in, and I learned a lot in the process. Melody and Leilah were able to guide me and help transform my ideas into a fully formed professional funding bid. Their enthusiasm, knowledge and efficiency make them a joy to work with.

Tom Waring, Chief Officer
Friends of St Nicholas Fields

 

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2015-09-02T13:28:37+00:00

Tom Waring, Chief Officer
Friends of St Nicholas Fields

 

Working with Beware of the Bull was a very positive experience.This was the first funding application I had been involved in, and I learned a lot in the process. Melody and Leilah were able to guide me and help transform my ideas into a fully formed professional funding bid. Their enthusiasm, knowledge and efficiency make … Continue reading "…a very positive experience…"

…friendly, patient and always available…

Melody successfully helped us through our first and second stage Big Lottery bid applications and provided us with a first class and highly professional service. Melody has extensive knowledge of the language and terminology that is required to write a successful bid and supported us to stay focused on our goals throughout the application process. She was friendly, patient and always available to offer advice and guidance. We would highly recommend Beware of the Bull to other organisations.

Alison Moore, Befriending Service Manager
York Mind

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2015-09-02T13:07:11+00:00

Alison Moore, Befriending Service Manager
York Mind

Melody successfully helped us through our first and second stage Big Lottery bid applications and provided us with a first class and highly professional service. Melody has extensive knowledge of the language and terminology that is required to write a successful bid and supported us to stay focused on our goals throughout the application process. … Continue reading "…friendly, patient and always available…"

…go the extra mile…

I have been working with Melody Clarke for the past 5 years and over the period she has secured in excess of £200,000 in funding. This has kept our project running and enabling us to continue supporting young people from backgrounds of deprivation by providing them with opportunities to learn, develop, try new experiences and recognise and work towards their full potential. Melody and Natalie are great to work with, are so much fun and go the extra mile to ensure the best possible funding application.

Anne McLaughlan, Project Director
Youth Alive Dumfries and Galloway

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2015-09-02T13:14:08+00:00

Anne McLaughlan, Project Director
Youth Alive Dumfries and Galloway

I have been working with Melody Clarke for the past 5 years and over the period she has secured in excess of £200,000 in funding. This has kept our project running and enabling us to continue supporting young people from backgrounds of deprivation by providing them with opportunities to learn, develop, try new experiences and … Continue reading "…go the extra mile…"

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