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Allia is a charity that helps small businesses and charities to develop, grow and achieve their impact aims, through a range of ways. From its Future Business Centres that support local business communities; its support programmes that help entrepreneurs and ventures to grow their ideas and businesses; and through advising and arranging responsible finance for charitable organisations.

Since 1999, with initiatives across the UK that include housing, cleantech and social innovation, it has helped hundreds of start-ups, small businesses and impact ventures to develop and scale, enabling significant regional employment opportunities, transforming communities and creating positive impact for people, place and planet.

How can we help you?

Are you looking for a flexible workspace and want to meet and network with like-minded people in an inspiring
business hub?

Inspiring workspace

Come and visit us in our Future Business Centres in Cambridge and Peterborough. We offer workspace, meeting rooms, networking and the opportunity to become part of an impact community


Do you need advice to help you develop and grow your business? How about a free programme of business advice, expert workshops and specialist mentoring?

Venture support

Check out our schedule of venture support programmes: they provide a range of free support to help ventures and start-ups develop and
scale their business.


Do you need development funding to help support your charity’s impact goals – and to meet impact investors interested in your mission?

Social finance

Our responsible finance team can advise on the best financial options for your organisation, to help you deliver those vital projects and developments that transform lives and communities.

Preparing for pitch day
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Preparing for pitch day

As we observe in Dragons Den, the process of pitching a business idea before a panel of judges is daunting, to say the least. A stage sweat, worsened by the overhead lights, and the loud sound of expectation and applause are enough to send most people home.

Four lessons that innovation can learn from impact

The impact field is often regarded as difficult to quantify, qualify, and monetise. Yet as more social enterprises and other purpose-driven businesses continue to emerge and shine, the fact of impact’s real success is becoming impossible to ignore. There may be specific learnings that corporate leaders can glean from the experiences of founders in the impact space.

Four lessons that innovation can learn from impact
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