From Transaction to Transformation
Partnerships can be game-changing. They can bring fresh ideas, resources, opportunities, audiences, markets and scale. They can also bring a host of challenges.
Working with partners requires planning, flexibility, communication and hard work. We’re here to help.
We offer consultancy, project management and training from specialists in partnership working across a range of sectors. Helping your partnerships move from being transactional, to transformational.
We bring an expert’s eye to the world of partnerships. We are skilled in understanding different points of view, creating effective strategies, facilitating or delivering targeted communications and providing the focus and clarity that leads to results.
Our extensive and broad experience in multiple sectors means we can help you aim high and reduce risks. Our networks and thought leadership bring specialist expertise and local know-how.
We are a boutique agency, able to give you and your project the time and the attention you deserve. Our teams are made up of experienced individuals who are driven to do work that makes a difference. Our people can help you tease out the next step or hit the ground running.
We worked with a global financial services company to create a multi-country strategy using cultural understanding as a brand and business platform. We built targeted arts partnerships that were activated globally and locally, winning multiple awards and measurable increased business.
We worked with a mental health charity to review its relationships with businesses – helping the organisation as a whole to explore the change needed to move beyond Charity of the Year fundraising.
We worked with a business school to evaluate a major faculty-naming relationship, enabling it to negotiate an increased financial commitment by demonstrating ROI.
Albright Special was set up by Rachel Clarke in 2015. She works with cross-sector teams of experts - bringing together the worlds of business, brands, charity, culture, education and local government as each project requires.
"Whether in support of sponsorships or corporate responsibility, one of Rachel’s strengths is to combine her strategic perspective with facilitation skills that engage, balance different viewpoints and build constructive debate to drive better outcomes across workshops and broader stakeholder management. She understands the multiple demands of major corporates, is highly experienced and, importantly, brings a professional warmth that creates positive and lasting working relationships."
- Sarah Alspach, Brand, Marketing & Communications Director, EY
“Albright Special worked the British Science Association on a range of aspects of corporate sponsorship, from a competitor review to evaluating our properties and developing our overall business case. They also provided hands-on support and guidance on targeting,and delivered some training for our small fundraising team. Rachel and colleagues are knowledgeable, professional and creative; crucially, they offered a perfect balance of advice, support and challenge. We are more confident - in ourselves and in our sponsorship propositions - as a result.”
- Amy McLaren, British Science Association
“Albright Special provides valuable insight and industry knowledge of how to bring client and employee experiences to life. Driving impact and key messaging has been the signature of our relationship with them. I would highly recommend their services in aligning partnerships to key objectives through a flexible and engaging approach.”
- Prue Thompson, Senior Director, Marketing & Client Engagement, Royal Bank of Canada
"As a relatively small team, the Collection’s fundraising activities have been focused on individuals. Working with Albright Special has introduced us to the requirements and expectations of commercial sponsors and partners.
With a hands-on approach, and generous with ideas and contacts, Albright Special’s extensive expertise and experience has led to exciting opportunities ahead for the museum."
- Sarah Harmer, Director of Development, The Wallace Collection
"Albright Special worked with us to identify a number of ways we could broaden our corporate partnerships strategy. The strategy and ideas they came up with were really helpful and we’ve incorporated them with our existing and prospective corporate partners."
- Martin Bishop, Director of Fundraising & Communications, Dementia UK
"The best training I've ever had"
- Presentation Workshop participant, 14-18 NOW