Our work

We want you to succeed and contribute towards a thriving society, whatever your role in it. To do that we offer a full suite of specialist services, each with impact at its heart.

We can help with:

  • developing and implementing strategies
  • planning impact – identifying target outcomes
  • delivering and managing impact
  • impact measurement framework and systems
  • impact reporting, validation and assurance
  • financial, economic, business and governance advice
  • risk analysis and support
  • insight and research, including literature reviews
  • structural and cultural change programmes
  • transactional advice and support – disposals, mergers, partnerships, joint ventures and acquisitions to strengthen impact
  • advising on social investment and other non-traditional funding models as well as developing and implementing fundraising strategies

We have people with experience in a range of sectors, so we can choose the tools and decision-making frameworks that will help you most effectively.

Whatever we recommend, we’ll always encourage you to look for value beyond just the financial. We’ll help you to make responsible use of resources to achieve positive effects and impacts, not just increased production or outputs.

Our work falls into three main areas: Impact Management, Strategy and Governance and Transactions.  Each is described below, with case studies below that illustrating some of our successes.  Everyone is at a different stage in their journey and has a particular set of needs. We would be delighted to talk to you about how we can help you succeed.

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Impact management

Impact is the intended (and unintended) outcomes of an organisation’s work. We work with you to plan, articulate, monitor and deliver a positive impact through your activities, helping you to identify impact opportunities.

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Strategy and Governance

Our strategy services help clients at every stage on their strategy journey.  We support clients to develop a better understanding of their business, their markets and their communities, in order to understand the implications of the options available to them.

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Transactions

Our experienced transactions team helps you to develop your transaction strategy, and support your preparation, including financial due diligence and other ‘test and challenge’ processes.  We also help with the nuts and bolts of the transaction and can draw in specialist legal and accountancy support from trusted partners.

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Our Preferred Partners:

Sonnet provides a full range of services to our clients, whether through our own expertise or in collaboration with partners, including our preferred legal and financial services partners Bates Wells and MacIntyre Hudson Associates. Where clients are already working with legal or financial advisers we are happy to consider collaborations if required.

Sonnet Advisory and Impact CIC is an associate company of Sheffield Hallam University. SHU is proud to be a partner of Sonnet and together we work to combine academic, policy, strategy and financial expertise to benefit organisations and wider society. Sonnet is able to draw on expertise from across SHU and in particular from its leading policy research centres, Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Centre for Development and Research in Education and the Centre for Behavioural Science and Applied Psychology. Working together with SHU’s Social and Economic Research Institute we seek to address some of the major social, economic and environmental challenges we face.

Bates Wells is a UK 100 law firm with a difference.  Bates Wells lawyers believe in making a positive impact, working with a diverse range of clients from global household names, to public bodies, to start-ups. Bates Wells is well respected in the “impact economy” – profit-making, purpose-driven companies seeking to create impact – and is the firm of choice for thousands of charities and social enterprises.  It is the first UK law firm to have achieved a B Corp certification and advises others as they begin their B Corp journey bateswells.co.uk