What people say about us

Big Ideas works with partners in diverse sectors from local authorities to corporations and foundations, science and sport to memorials and museums. If you are interested in working with us, email us at contact@big-ideas.org.

“I have worked with Big Ideas since 2015 across a broad range of programmes. Big Ideas are committed to quality and ensure those whose voices are less heard are at the heart of their work. Their diplomacy in navigating complex partnerships enables them to bring people together for important causes. If you want genuine community engagement, Big Ideas are for you.”

Sally Sealey
Head of Secretariat UKHMF, Dept for Levelling Up Housing and Communities

“We have worked with Big Ideas to bring young people together in Canada and the UK – they have an impressive network of contacts and are fleet of foot dealing thoughtfully with sensitive topics and managing ambitious programmes. They live up to their name.”

Jenny McCann
Maple Leaf Trust

“The partnership working capacity of Big Ideas is brilliant, and, on top of that, just very pleasant, fun people to work with!”

Wanda Hamilton
CEO, Canada-UK Foundation

“The Office for Veterans’ Affairs awarded Big Ideas £68k to work with schools and local communities to produce films in which young people from each of the home nations interview nuclear test veterans. This is part of the Government’s commitment to commemorating the contribution of nuclear test veterans and their families, and making sure their stories are passed on for generations to come.”

Office for Veterans’ Affairs, the Cabinet Office

“Big Ideas delivered our youth-led grants programme – their creative approach to working with young people has achieved impressive impact with strong outcomes for young people in areas of higher deprivation across the city.”

Rhian Horlock
Greater London Authority

“Can highly recommend Virginia and her team at Big Ideas. … they are a superb outfit: creative, hardworking and just a lovely group of people.”

Tim Vine
Director of UK and International Public Affairs, Premier League

“Big Ideas made the process fluid as they adapted to the changing needs throughout the project. The staff were professional and supportive and flexible. I have enjoyed working with the team and would definitely recommend them.”

Diane Norwood
Futures for All project partner, Careers Hub, Greater Manchester Combined Authority

“It is a joy working with the Big Ideas team on Futures for All. The quality of the resources developed is quite exceptional. The team have realised the heart of this programme which is to work with the community to realise potential creating an opportunity for everyone to build their confidence and employment skills.”

Elizabeth Bacon
Futures for All project partner, Careers Hub, Greater Manchester Combined Authority

“As someone who works at the coalface with your projects you need to know how good they have been on so many levels.

It has inspired our young people and staff to understand the importance of thinking about others, valuing other people’s lives, beliefs and possibly different values to our own. It has really helped the young boys at Middlesbrough become more rounded individuals who are better equipped to deal with an evolving society.”

Barry Dawson
Head of Education, Middlesbrough FC Academy

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Virginia on a number of different projects – she has a huge amount of experience, expertise, and creativity – as well as enthusiasm for making community engagement work.”

Rowan Kennedy
Deputy Director, British Council India

“Between us, Big Ideas and PDI Media offer a wealth of experience, working to the highest standards and with a relationship enabling a very open exchange of ideas which creatively brings the best out of each other.”

Jon Sides
Director, PDI Media

“The standard of the presentational material was first class, and the delivery was that of consummate professionals. Having worked with Prisoners and Veterans for many years, I can assure you that they were captivated and moved they were by what they saw and heard. From an educational aspect, there was exactly the right proportions of spoken word, reflection, video interaction and practical response.

I do hope that we will have the opportunity to work with you and your team again in the near future.”

Rev Fr Robert T Halshaw
Head of Chaplaincy, Veterans in Custody Manager & Lancaster Diocesan Prisons Advisor, HMP Haverigg

“I just wanted to say a massive thank you for Ruislip High School for the excellent session we had yesterday! The students really enjoyed the session and came out with some great design ideas. It is unusual for staff to give positive feedback from virtual sessions and all the feedback I have had has been very positive indeed. “

Laura Hide
Curriculum Leader for Science, Ruslip High School

“A massive thank you for sending the presentation and films. The reception was fantastic. The films were very moving, and the concept of showing young people engaging with and learning from the veterans was profoundly influential.”
Ian Hall
Chair, Nuclear Community Charity Fund