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About us

Who Are We?

FreshSight Ltd. is a unique, student-led consultancy that was founded as The Edinburgh Group in 2007 and has existed in its current form since 2013.

Our Mission

We aim to create positive social impact by providing socially conscious organisations with practical, sustainable and innovative business solutions.

Who Are Our Clients?

We undertake projects with organisations dedicated to bringing about positive social impact to the community/sector they work for. We have worked with a range of organisations, ranging from small charities and third sector organisations to large private and public sector clients.

How Do We Train Consultants?

We provide a high-quality, CMI-accredited 9-week training program to the students we recruit to ensure FreshSight maintains its high standards of service.

What Support Do Consultants Have?

Students can expect to be well supported under the guidance of our experienced Management Team, Business Mentors and the vast network that we have developed over the years.

Join Us

..as a Consultant

The People

The People

The heart and soul of FreshSight’s operations. Recruited over a highly competitive application and case-study interview process, each FreshSight consultant brings a unique skill-set and personality to the table, and are generally among the brightest, empathetic and collaborative students among us. Our alumni represent some 127 degrees and hail from countries as far apart as Finland and India, Austria and Japan, Scotland and the USA.

The Experience

The Experience

With guidance from mentors and experts, practical team exercises and internal insights accrued from a decade of successful projects, our training program ensures that the solutions our consultants deliver to clients are well-informed, tailored, and scrutinised from every angle. Over 9 weeks, we help consultants hone their skills and recommendations to ensure that they feel like they have not only meaningfully contributed to the community, but have also grown personally. Every project develops a different skill set and a semester with FreshSight is always a rigorous learning experience.

The Impact

The Impact

You will be working on projects for fee-paying clients who are contracting FreshSight to undertake consultancy work for them. Your commitment to your project and client is vital to ensuring that your experience as well as the client’s is the best we are able to deliver. Your work will have a tangible and significant positive effect on your client’s business. The satisfaction of seeing one’s work prove beneficial to someone else is one of the many reasons many consultants describe FreshSight as the highlight of their university experience.

We recruit consultants every year in September and January.

Follow us on social media for application details and deadlines (or e-mail info@freshsight.com). All university students in the Edinburgh area are encouraged to apply, and we welcome students of all ages and disciplines.

“Being a FreshSight consultant in my third year was one of the most stimulating and rewarding experiences I had at university. I have great admiration for the creativity, dedication and hard-work that the FreshSight management team possess. This is not only reflected in the value added to FreshSight’s clients but also in the quality and effort put into training each semester.”

Sarah Mae Smit

Economics (MA Hons), Past Consultant 2016

Join Us

…as a Business Mentor

Business Mentors are an invaluable resource to FreshSight consultants. Harness your business expertise to empower and support our student consultants in their work for diverse, socially-conscious organisations in all industries. You will provide insight, guidance and play ‘devil’s advocate’ for teams of 5-6 students.

We invite experienced figures in the Edinburgh Business, Social Enterprise, Third Sector, and academic community to take on the role of Business Mentors for our consultants. Please download our Business Mentor Infographic for more information or e-mail to express your interest in this position.

“Mentoring FreshSight teams is as rewarding, as it is challenging. The management team expertly sets the stage for students to undertake their unique, team-based consulting projects for a range of diverse, socially conscious organizations. it is my job to challenge approaches, ask questions, and empower teams with the confidence necessary to provide real value to clients.”

Guy Peleg,

Past Business Mentor 2017

Interested in our services?

We’ve now worked with over 100 clients on a range of projects. As a client, you will have a dedicated team of six consultants working on your project over the period of nine weeks. We strategically build our teams to ensure that their skill-sets and collective ethos matches the needs of your organisation. We take on a wide range of project briefs, including marketing strategies, business development, growth solutions and those focused around funding and finance.

FreshSight Ltd. would love to be a part of your organisation’s story; please get in touch with our Projects Manager by emailing projects@freshsight.com if you’d like to discuss this further. We look forward to the possibility of working with you!

Our Clients

I found the FreshSight team to be a great help. They listened to, and defined our problem, set expectations, communicated well, and did the kind of leg work that we just don’t have capacity for. I would highly recommend start up social enterprises, in particular, to speak to them as part of their business planning.

Chris Hellawell

Founder of Edinburgh Tool Library, Past Client 2017

We were delighted with the recommendations and professionalism of the FreshSight team who provided us with Fundraising and Communications Strategy consultancy last Autumn. We are already being able to put in place some of the fundraising recommendations, in particular a more streamlined approach to grant submission. We will soon be implementing a number of the communications and community building recommendations, which comes at a very good time for the charity, in light of our imminent relocation, and also legislative changes due to GDPR. We would thoroughly recommend working with a FreshSight team for strategic consultancy.

Rosalyn Claase

PPC, Past Client 2017

Our Team

DIRECTOR

SIDDHARTH JAIRAJ

An Indian who’s lived in Singapore and London and is now studying Economics and History. Sidd is a self-proclaimed foodie (who can’t cook) and extrovert who is happiest in a conversational setting with a hot chocolate or White Russian in tow. He is afraid of two things above all else; awkward silences and potlucks.

DIRECTOR

ZOË FILLINGHAM

Zoë spends her time researching new restaurants, finding open water to swim in, and listening to Drake or Radio 4. She is also very good at spending money she doesn’t have on posh coffee and parking fines.

GENERAL MANAGER

DAVE CERENZIA

A Canadian Law student who in between cups of black coffee, the only way it should be drank, loves nothing more than gaining new perspectives on the world. I constantly find myself in the most awkward of situations, but as a positive this allows my stand up comedy to write itself. FreshSight is a place where a community of global and socially conscious students all come together to achieve something great, this is why I am in my role.

TRAINING MANAGER

ANNALI WARD

I’m Annali from Hertfordshire in England and I’m a fourth year Philosophy student. I have just completed 12 months abroad, three months in Paris and 9 months in California. I want to travel more of Asia and some of South America when I graduate.

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

BETTINA HERNBERG

Finnish Entrepreneurship student (and entrepreneur @bestofbettina) at the Business School in Edinburgh. When I’m not busy baking or studying you’ll find me doing yoga, on some tropical island or simply people watching at my nearest coffee shop!

OPERATIONS MANAGER

SYDNEY FRANKS

Detroit-native who’s grown up all over the world, with a passion for small business and social entrepreneurship. Self-proclaimed workaholic, so you can probably catch me anywhere on the Edinburgh University campus looking stressed.

FINANCE MANAGER

LUC FITCHETT

3rd year computer science student from Scotland. My favourite thing about FreshSight is being able to help clients deliver social impact and meeting new people while doing it. You can usually find me either in the computer labs or counting up FreshSight’s money.

STRATEGY AND PARTNERSHIPS MANAGER

HANNAH WHYBROW

I am a proud Brummie (fortunately without the accent) who loves to travel; this, and a passion for people, inspired me to study Social Anthropology. Other than my degree, I spend my time working alongside children with support needs and as a barista, despite a long-term hatred of coffee!

Email: strategy@freshsight.com

PROJECTS MANAGER

ZOE KING

Zoë is a Scottish student of English Language and Literature. When she’s not being overly patriotic, you’ll find her reading, watching a terrible TV series or dog-spotting on the Meadows. She believes, quite simply, it’s nice to be nice, which has drawn her to FreshSight and more specifically the Projects Manager role.

TRAINING MANAGER

MAX LURY

Max is a fourth year Philosophy student, if he’s not holed up in the philosophy library you can find him catching some of the music Edinburgh has to offer, or (trying to) write fiction.

Email: training@freshsight.com

QUALITY MANAGER

EMMA NANCE

Hello! My name is Emma and I’m the Quality Manager for FreshSight! When I’m not working with FreshSight, you can find me reading for my dissertation, training for Muay Thai, or (most likely) pointing out dogs in the Meadows!

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