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We’re a creative regeneration agency forging great ideas to change the world for the better – improving people’s lives, making great places, building business with purpose.

We help people to make their good ideas happen, to make them last, and to demonstrate that they’re making a difference.

Nice things people have said

  • "Thanks very much for all the help and advice you've given us - I've been involved in lots of M&E in the past and none of it has been done as thoroughly and professionally as you have managed over the course of this contract."
    Phillip Jayne, 'Come Outside!' Project Manager for Natural Resources Wales
  • "When Jo Cox died, I initially questioned my capacity to ‘do’ anything in response. The increasing division, nastiness of rhetoric, and ‘them and us’ discursion on social media of 2016 felt like a negative, and paralysing development. As a West End Theatre Director, I wanted to make a statement of opposition to such developments. But it felt like a difficult mountain to climb. The idea I came up with, to stage Jo’s favourite musical in the heart of her home constituency Batley & Spen, using 120 young people from across the diverse communities of West Yorkshire, seemed at once perfect and overly-ambitious. We had 8 months to set up a charity, raise a six figure sum, build links within the community and build a pop-up theatre in a disused industrial space. I trusted myself artistically to deliver, but felt lost in the wider sense of building a new organisation. The key decision I made was in seeking a partnership with Urban Foundry, and in encouraging Dr Ben Reynolds to become a trustee of our fledgling organisation, cementing the links between our organisation and the work Ben had done to increase activity and a sense of community in Wales. Ben was a key actor in ensuring the company was built within the parameters of good governance and best practice, but more importantly always asked what I call the ‘impact’ question. At almost weekly meetings, the focus would switch according to the ever-shifting priorities – largely because we were trying to deliver a 2 year project in a third of the time to meet the anniversary of Jo’s death. We might suddenly be faced with deadlines for applications, and find our producer seeking help in moving forward. The next week, the overall accountancy structures of the new organisation needed cementing. The following meeting needed close focus on reaching elements of the community that might not normally access ‘the arts’. Various board members would provide solution. Dr. Reynolds was an expert at listening, asking the question ‘what is the impact’, and advising how such ideas could refine into something coherent. When the project was a success, when we received national media attention, and when 120 young people from some of the poorest communities in West Yorkshire stood together in a disused warehouse singing ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ – I had a palpable sense that the good practice and values of Urban Foundry had formed a foundation on which to build that dream. And one more thank you is due. Theatre inevitably happens ‘in the moment’. Of all our trustees, Ben Reynolds has challenged us to think about sustainability. That this summer, despite the impact on the arts by a global pandemic, the Batley & Spen Youth Theatre staged its fourth major project is in part down to Ben’s willingness to stay involved for the long term, and to always raise questions of development and sustainability. To ask the question, ‘What’s Next…?’"
    Nick Evans, Artistic Director
  • "One of the most excruciating things about setting up a new social enterprise is deciphering exactly what it is you want, and why. Having someone to unravel the many ideas and help me reach what should have been an obvious conclusion has been a crucial turning point for my business and my career. With your advice, knowledge and support, I now have confidence to take some risks and reach my highest of goals, using the skills, experience and facilities I already have."
    Amanda Tomlinson, Groundswell Dance Company
  • "[You were] … very professional in your work, highly intelligent and both efficient and effective in the way you perform your duties. You have demonstrated excellent communication skills and worked well with individuals and organisations alike. The presentation of your work is exemplary and I would have no hesitation in recommending your services to any group or organisation at any level."
    Gareth Evans, SRP project coordinator
  • "I am pleased to report the successful conclusion of a session at the LDP Public Enquiry earlier today concerned solely with our site. I put this down to all the preparatory work you and others have done to get us to this stage."
    Henry Dare, Trustee - the Morris Estate
  • "The process was not an easy one, but with your support we generated a positive dialogue with the building’s owners and other key people in the local area, established the condition and viability of developing the building, and developed a creative and dynamic vision, supported by a strong business case.  I am happy to recommend you to others seeking creative consultants that can help to make complex but exciting regeneration projects like these happen."
    David Warner, Senior Provost, Swansea Metropolitan University

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