Forever Consulting provides social and economic research and consulting services across the UK and Ireland. We work with public, private and third sector organisations who are looking to achieve true social value through regeneration, development, procurement and public service. We do this by providing robust, independent and evidence-based advice.
Forever Consulting was established as a social enterprise in 2017. We offer professional services based on a wealth of experience in a cost effective and sustainable way. Our clients enjoy greater value for money and additional social value, which sits at the heart of everything we do.
Forever Consulting is a trading subsidiary of a Community Foundation, Forever Manchester, the only charity that raises money to fund and support activity across Greater Manchester. All surpluses from Forever Consulting are therefore reinvested into grass roots community activity.
But why do we do what we do?
Forever Consulting Founder and Director Claire Lawless explains:
“Manchester in 1993, plans were announced to construct Hulme Arch as part of the major regeneration of Hulme and Moss Side. I was 15. I crossed the old bridge every day on my way to school. It seemed fine. I was shocked about a £10m investment in a new bridge when I could see the poverty and inequality the children in my neighbourhood faced. So, I made it my business to understand this. I became an economist to learn about a fairer distribution of public money and spent the next 20 years learning my trade.
I spent most of the noughties working on New Labour’s urban regeneration programmes before working on major infrastructure projects across the UK.
Then in 2016, I came across Forever Manchester who eat, live, and breathe the changes I wanted to see. Here, the idea for Forever Consulting was born.
We believe in the power of community and the impact communities have in places. We exist to bring our deep understanding of communities to make great places and for the benefit of all.
Today, I cross Hulme Arch every day on my way to work. Its a beautiful reminder of my passion for the work we do here at Forever Consulting.”