Why we exist

We believe that every organisation that cares about its impact should be able to benefit from expert advice and guidance.

Traditional consulting approaches don’t work well for everyone though. A strategy designed to optimise commercial success can’t easily be adapted to suit a charity working in pursuit of societal wellbeing or reduced inequalities. A standard merger process doesn’t focus on the social outcomes of the transaction.

We created Sonnet Advisory and Impact* in order to change that landscape. We exist to provide specialist impact-focussed advisory and consultancy to socially-minded clients. We are proud of what we do, and believe in sharing our insights widely, so that others in the advisory market will understand how to support clients like ours in addressing the issues that matter to them.

Our mission in our day-to-day work is to help organisations achieve the impact they desire and contribute towards a thriving society through their successes. We seek to help them to achieve policy and practice change that will bring wider societal and environmental benefit as well as enhancing their own delivery.

We can act as a sounding board, as consultants and advisors, or as collaborators – sharing in the development of solutions. We can manage the whole process or ‘chip in’ where we’re most useful. However we work, we keep our clients involved at every stage so they can both lead and learn.

*trading as Bates Wells A&I until January 2020

Don’t take our word for it, though.
See what our clients say about the difference we make:

I wish the team every success in the new organisation. The aspirations of the CIC will continue to support the work of impact and strengthen organisational approaches to achieving citizenship for marginalised groups.

Sarah Maguire, Choice Support

The work we’ve done with the team so far has genuinely helped us with our aim to raise the profile of social housing and develop a generic framework to measure the impact of this provision. We look forward to continuing to building this work with Sonnet.

Shivani Patel, Hyde Housing Group

You, ‘the Sonnet team’, already have an outstanding reputation for supporting charities and others to tenaciously focus on delivering extraordinary social impact. I have no doubt that this new Sonnet venture will now build this momentum even further, so all best wishes for the next chapter of your exciting work!

Matthew Reed, Marie Curie

This team are fantastic to work with. Knowledgeable but willing to learn, efficient but thoughtful, on top of huge detail but strategic. Highly recommended. I’ve really enjoyed my opportunities to work with Sonnet.

Polly Neate, Shelter

We really enjoy working with Jim Clifford’s insightful and creative team who have been instrumental in helping us examine what we do as a charity, why, what the impact of our work is – and how it could develop in the future.

Victoria Leigh, Re-Solv

Congratulations to the team on the launch of Sonnet!  This move strongly reflects your position as a team that delivers and enables positive impact for your clients.  We look forward to continuing our work with you on behalf of survivors of domestic abuse.

Lucy Hadley, Women's Aid

I am delighted to offer my support to Sonnet as it launches. Our nation faces huge challenges, and we need creative thinkers with ambition and drive to inspire real change. The team bring huge experience in helping organisations with strategy to scale up impact that delivers real systems change. I wish them every success!

Mark Russell, The Children's Society