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“Peter was an indispensable part of the charity funding information event that I held recently in Bromsgrove.

Designed to help local charities meet funding bodies and other organisations involved with providing support to the charitable and voluntary sector, Peter’s expertise in this area was abundantly clear as he spoke about finding, and securing, relevant funding streams.

The feedback that I have received since the event took place has been unanimous in its praise for the speakers and the insights that they gave to those present, and Peter’s presentation was remarkably well-received.

It is clear to me that Peter is highly proficient in these matters and through meetings I have held around the county his work is always talked about as a mark of excellence.”

Sajid Javid MP, Member of Parliament for Bromsgrove and Economic Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport


“We employed the services of Shaw Funding free of charge through the Changing Futures Fund Peter’s knowledge on all things fundraising is unquestionable; he helped me understand about funding and showed me new ways to attract income.  This lead to Worcester Early Music being successful through numerous applications to Trusts Foundations and grant giving bodies which will sustain our organisation and the activities planned for many years to come”

Barbara Dunn, Worcester Early Music
Worcestershire Early Music


“Peter supported me to write a successful Reaching Communities bid for the Life skills project at St Pauls Hostel, which I had not done before.

Peter was extremely helpful, supportive and always available to give exhaustive advise. I found that Peter was very knowledgeable and he was able to signpost me to research material such as relevant statistics with ease.

Peter’s calm personality and dedication throughout the process was a great help and his expertise ensured that the bid was successful.”

Sharon van Antwerpen, Support & Development Co-ordinator, St Pauls Hostel

St Pail's Hostel


“I have worked and promoted the work Peter does for four years. Peter has given really valuable help and support to parish and town councils looking for sources of grant funding. His knowledge and expertise are combined with approachability and a ‘hands-on’ attitude. He has provided drop-in events and seminars for parish councils, and attended our twice yearly parish conferences. He has also been keen to attend parish and town council meetings and to give support to them on their own premises, so there can be no barrier to seeking his help. I hope that Parish and Town Councils alike will continue to seek Peters invaluable advice, support and expertise.”

Richard Levett, Executive Officer, Worcestershire County Association for Local Councils (CALC)
Worcestershire County Association of Local Councils


“I have worked with Peter and sought his advice for many years. I have always found him to be professional, courteous and prepared to go the extra mile in his dealings with Local Community Groups.

He is a valuable source of information and advice around accessing opportunities for grant funding required for both acquiring and sustaining use of property assets.”

John Vaughan MRICS Chartered Surveyor


“Peter is very professional and highly skilled in writing funding applications, he has many years of experience and uses that experience to help organisations like mine who need specialist support to gain valuable funding to sustain their work. In 2012 he helped us to secure Big Lottery Funding of £280,000 which was invaluable to us, I have come to realise that funding applications need to be written by experienced people to stand any chance of success, Peter is such a person and I would recommend his skills and abilities to other organisations”

Jean Wilson, Founder – New Hope Worcester


Over the last few years, I have worked with Peter on several bids that have brought substantial grant income to benefit Worcestershire communities. Our work has been collaborative and Peter is very focused on ensuring that the best submission is made – quietly challenging us to ensure our bid stands the greatest chance of success.

Nick Parker, Vestia Community Housing Group


Peter MacKenzie-Shaw has been an invaluable help to Stoke Parish Council in our successful bit to obtain a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to finance our “John Corbett Trail” project. He has steadfastly written and guided us through the application process giving us help and advice all along the way, for which he has our sincere thanks.

One the Grant was obtained he continued to advise on how we proceed, helping us prepare a press statement, project management report and attending all of our initial meetings. He has a tremendous knowledge of the vast array of grants available and I would recommend that anyone seeking a grant from any organisations should seek Peters help and advice above all others.

John Ellis, Stoke Parish Council


Pete Mackenzie-Shaw has worked with Community Action Wyre Forest on numerous occasions over a number of years, from the delivery of group sessions on funding to individual support on specific large scale bids. Peter whilst always taking a professional approach to funding also has a talent of engaging with and transferring knowledge to third sector organisations from the smallest community group looking at their first grant application of a few hundred pounds to larger charities looking at complex large scale Lottery bids .Feedback from all groups who have attended his training sessions at CAWF have always been very positive and I know he has helped many groups to gain additional funding at very critical times. Indeed Peter was a critical friend to CAWF whilst submitting a first round application to Reaching Communities and it was his knowledge and advice that ensured we gained approval from our first submission. Personally I would highly recommended Peter and very much look forward to working with him in the future.

Irene Walker, Chief Office, Community Action Wyre Forest


I have worked with Peter Mackenzie- Shaw on a number of occasions over the past 2 years. I first met him at a funding training event. This led to an eventual successful bid to the Big Lottery. Peter was very supportive and did all he could to strengthen our application and advise us how to complete the form.


I found Peter to be very enthusiastic, open and approachable and have no hesitation in recommending him as an excellent source of help when preparing and writing funding bids.

Judith Ford,Coordinator, Wyre Forest Nightstop and Mediation Scheme


I contacted Peter when I realised the extent of the application I was making for £270,000. Peters’ professionalism, experience and knowledge of the area was next to none that I have encountered. I realised this was not an easy bid to write so I am grateful to him for sharing his experience and the many hours and days it took to complete. I always found Peter to be succinct, knowledgeable and empathetic towards our clients and not in the least judgmental during our meetings. We were successful in the application which has greatly assisted the Prison, staff and visitors.

Nicki Harris, Children and Families, HMP Hewell


Pete has delivered a number of lectures and workshops to the University of Worcester. He is a confident deliverer with a great deal of knowledge and experience in applying for funding, and provided students/staff and the community with a very thorough overview, including lots of information and many good practice tips that they could use. The session contained interactive activities encouraging participants to understand key bid requirements and how funding agencies assess applications. A highly useful and worthwhile session. Thank you.

Mandy Newbold, University of Worcester


Peter has undertaken a number of Workshops on behalf of Karen Lumley MP and assisted some of her constituents on her behalf. I am pleased to confirm all applications that Peter has written on behalf of the constituents of Redditch have been successful. Peter was always professional, informative and extremely knowledgeable on all things Funding related.

Andrew Powell, Senior Caseworker to Karen Lumley MP