Testimonials from clients


Azra Jan – Director at One Stop Advice and Training Centre

Josie is a very friendly bid writer who knows her stuff and has gone over and beyond to ensure One Stop Advice Centre survives through this pandemic. I would highly recommend her services, an absolute delight to work with. Thank you Josie.

Karen Cruise – Director at Flourished Minds Ltd

Josie’s advice and support have been invaluable in our success in applying for and being granted public funding over the last few months. I especially love how she has taken the time to get to really understand our company’s core objectives, which in turn means that not only is Josie finding funding opportunities that perfectly fit our work but, in addition, our success rate is higher than average. Her understanding of & expertise in what funders are really looking for in a bid is extensive. She’s really helped to us expand our business and do more of what we love. She’s fab!

Paul Berry – Chairman at St Chad’s Broomfield Cricket Club

Thanks to Josie, we secured significant funding for our new cricket pavilion. We know that without her expertise, we would not have been successful, and the project may never have happened.

Kath Cole – Director of Many Hands 25 CIC

We have been working with Josie for a number of years now and I can say that her help and support have been invaluable in ensuring that Many Hands funding applications have been more successful. Previously, preparing bids was time-consuming and stressful but Josie has taken that pressure off and we are now able to focus on our mental health support work.

Shamala Antonio, Founder and Director, Impact4Life Wellbeing CIC

I've been working with Josie for nearly 12 months now and have had a great experience. I have found Josie to be knowledgeable, professional and very good at what she does and I couldn't be happier with the service.

Wayne Stephenson, Positive Futures WY CIC

Josie has been instrumental with helping us secure several grant funds. This has included writing grant reports that we have selected and has identified several available grants that we were unaware of. Josie always works with us; helping to get our message across in bids, whilst being effective and sounding professional.

John Thornton, Director, Building Futures Together CIC

Since we met, Josie has advised and guided us through the various funding and grant streams available whilst at the same time enhancing our applications. We are delighted that a couple have been successful. Josie has played a part in our recent success and we have a desire to continue working together as we both grow our respective organisations.

Training Providers

Michael Johnson – Chief Operating Officer – Bournemouth and Poole College

Bournemouth and Poole College engaged the bid-writing services of Josie Armitage between February 2019 and November 2022. During this period, Josie was successful in the College’s reapplication to the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (apprenticeship training represents over 20% of the College’s income) as well as numerous other successful bids. As well as drafting successful bids, Josie is the first bid-writer the College has engaged who was also able to identify bidding opportunities. As a result of the College’s structure, it was necessary for Josie to engage with various people in the College in order to complete bids. Joise demonstrated an impressive combination of tact and tenacity to ensure bid deadlines were met.

Lee Farrier – CEO of Mybe Awards – Training Provider

Josie completed our application to join the Register of Approved Training Providers as a Main provider. The application was complex but was dealt with expeditiously, efficiently and effectively in a very profession manner by Josie. Our application was successful opening up considerable commercial opportunities for the company. We have no hesitation in recommending Josie as a first class consultant with relevant experience and a network of assistance to validate applications prior to submission. We will be asking Josie to complete more work for us as well as highly recommending her to other would be service users.

David Hellier - Project Associate - The Leadership Team

I first worked with Josie when she was a senior manager on the UKCES Employer Led Funding Pilot and then on the UKCES Futures programme. Josie demonstrated a real pragmatic approach to her Project Management Skills and and approached the Projects with great diligence: it was a pleasure to work with her. Since joining the Leadership Team she has continued to present these skills to the projects we have given her and has been highly successful in developing winning bids for our clients. She is a real asset to our organisation.

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