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Bedford College

Supporting the college in raising funds for their £5.2m Advanced Engineering Centre

About the Bedford College

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.

“Non-statutory fundraising is a very new area for Bedford College and after listening to Bill King speak at a conference, I approached him for some advice and guidance. He has proven to be a great font of knowledge and helped us to create a strategy to begin the process of obtaining private funding for our new Advanced Engineering Centre. He even helped us to recruit the College’s first-ever Fundraising Manager (a rare post in the Further Education sector). Bill and his associates provided a wealth of knowledge and very ‘hands-on’ help, attending board and fundraising meetings and always being available at the end of a telephone.”
Pat Jones Finance Director | Bedford College
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