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How the programme works

Pioneers have access to a broad  range of services within Deloitte, allowing a  tailored support package to be developed matched with the individual organisations needs. The key elements of this support alongside programme highlights from Year 1 Pioneers are provided in the sections below.

Relationship team 

Each Pioneer is assigned a designated relationship team to support their interaction with Deloitte over the lifetime of the programme. Pioneers value being treated like a Deloitte client.

"They walk us through whatever tricky situations we have to deal with. Everybody from Deloitte is so positive. I get the feeling that it’s really fun for them to have a client that isn’t demanding, where they have so much expertise to help us."  - Kresse Wesling, Co-Founder, Elvis and Kresse

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Knowledge sharing 

We run four compulsory events a year which provide knowledge sharing in the form of bespoke one-to-one clinics with Deloitte subject matter experts as well as networking opportunities with each other, Deloitte staff and our clients.

"I also just wanted to say how incredibly useful I found the training session. Having come to it as someone with a big fear of public speaking, it increased my confidence and gave me the tools to start acting to do something about it."  - Emily Dunning, Cambridge Hub Manager, Student Hubs

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Pro bono 

Pioneer relationship teams work with the organisation to identify bespoke projects that will have a direct and tangible impact on their business. Projects in Year 1 ranged from operational review; financial modelling; customer analysis; to support in acquisition; branding, website development and growth strategy support.

"The pro bono piece was a fantastic body of work that has consolidated a great deal of thinking and has the potential to transform the business going forward."  - Diane Burridge, CFO, East Lancashire Moneyline

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Clients & networking 

Across the programme we encourage interaction between Pioneers and our clients. Through regular updates, event invitations and through the Deloitte relationship teams our clients are updated on the programme.

"It is this brokerage of contacts, introductions and networks within Deloitte that has been by far the most valuable of the programme." - Matthew Linnecar, Co-founder & Director, Gnewt Cargo

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Supply chains & procurement 

Where appropriate, we help Pioneers find and implement supply chain and procurement opportunities within Deloitte and our clients’ companies. These may be products or services being used in our offices and people being employed by us or our associates.

"You are changing our business in its entirety ... not just a small part of it. We therefore hugely value the relationship and the advice the programme brings.” - Mark Shearer, Co-founder, Project Dirt

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PR & promotion 

Pioneers receive numerous PR opportunities through their engagement in the programme. This usually includes the promotion of their organisation and service or product through various press releases, insight pieces and social media.

"The Pioneer programme adds real value to social businesses, rather than just being a CSR marketing exercise for Deloitte." - Mick May, BlueSky

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