The Bedford College Group is made up of unique facilities across Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire offering high quality learning experiences for every one of their students. With approximately 15,000 full-time, higher education, part-time students and apprentices, their experienced staff and tutors are able to provide the skills training for students to progress to their first choice university or employer after their time at College, achieving their full potential.
What we did for them
The college asked us to help them with raising funds for a new £5.2m Advanced Engineering Centre on their central Bedford campus. Their existing facilities, while excellent for traditional and heavy engineering teaching, were not suitable for newer, lighter analytical equipment and there was a lack of flexible space where imagination and creativity could prosper.
We set out a clear strategy for the college, based on grants, corporate support and developing a major donor programme. We also supported them to hire their first every fundraiser, and provided mentoring support during the appeal., helping them run cultivation events, develop proposals and build relationships with funders. The new Buchanan Centre is now open and providing an inspiration environment for students and helping prepare them for a career in Engineering.