This case study describes how a new voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) Consortium developed a marketing and communications strategy, improved its branding and website and introduced an email and document storage system, all in time for its launch on 1 February 2016.

This case study was compiled as part of the BIG Assist programme. In 2015 Blue Stone Consortium (BSC) was awarded a BIG Assist voucher to fund this work.

In October 2015 BSC came out of the bringing together of two VCSE consortia in Gateshead and Newcastle upon Tyne respectively. Both were set up by small, medium and large charities to help each other sustain and develop services by collaborating to win and deliver work together.

BSC enables public and third sector organisations to work together to improve the health and the social, economic and environmental well-being of local people, especially those most in need.

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