Income and Expenditure data on the UK literature organisations who participated in the International Literature Showcase, Norwich

In response to requests from various participants in the International Literature Showcase in Norwich last week I’m posting up the data I crunched to put into the presentation. This data comes with a mild health warning which is that it is based on only 10-12 organisations and there is a degree of heterogeneity amongst them. Read the full article…

MyCake is collaborating with Design Your Career

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On Friday we’ll be in Bournemouth (now sold out) and then in April we’ll be in London. Naturally we’ll be contributing some stuff around managing the finances of your business. If you’d like to join in the fun register for the London event here: https://dyc-business-growth.eventbrite.co.uk and for a bit more info …. Design Your Career Read the full article…

SCOTLAND RE:DESIGNED: Production decisions and market opportunities

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Sarah Thelwall unpicks the choices that designers participating in Limited Edition have made. Sarah Thelwall has been in Scotland to catch up with the SCOTLAND RE:DESIGNED team and to look at how their work is presenting opportunities for young designers to reach a larger market via the pop-up store in Ocean Terminal in Leith.

Testing out the market: Fashion

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One of the key challenges new fashion businesses face is that of reaching their customers. Since the recession retailers have become more risk averse when it comes to trying out new brands and for a label which wants to position itself above the high street then a stall in a market just won’t cut it. Read the full article…

Videos for organisations using the Birmingham Culture Dataset and the Culture Benchmark

As we’re about to launch all the data collecting work we’ve been doing with the Birmingham City Council Culture Commissioning team this post is for all those who’ll soon be submitting their data online. We’ll be providing you with a handbook to take you through the process of entering data and analysing results but for Read the full article…

Deferred Value Creation as a model for smaller towns

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Creative Clusters and their associated angel investment and venture capital is a model which has worked well in global cities such as London and New York where the market dynamics enable a return on investment (ROI) period of 3-5 years. This ROI period requires a relatively fast moving market and favours products and services which Read the full article…

So, you want to break into the scene in Dubai?

Ok, so you’re a successful creative and you’re stocked across a range of retailers in the UK and probably also elsewhere but … for whatever reason you’ve not yet made any inroads into Dubai … that shopping mecca for the Gulf! As luck would have it MyCake founder Sarah Thelwall is just back from a Read the full article…

Benchmarking avoidance tactic no 2 – we already know what our finances look like

As we talk to more and more organisations about benchmarking there are a few classic excuses that people give for not adding benchmarking to their to do list. Now don’t get me wrong I’m all in favour of being cautious about what else one chooses to take on but some of the reasons given just Read the full article…

The differences between fashion sectors in the UK, Beirut and Saudi

As you may know MyCake spent a bit of time in Saudi in May delivering workshops about finance and marketing to creative entrepreneurs in Dammam, Jeddah and Riyadh. Apart from learning a lot about the nuances of abaya and thobe fashions and the similarities between a bad hair day and a bad hijab day we Read the full article…

The differences between fashion sectors in the UK, Beirut and Saudi

As you may know MyCake spent a bit of time in Saudi in May delivering workshops about finance and marketing to creative entrepreneurs in Dammam, Jeddah and Riyadh. Apart from learning a lot about the nuances of abaya and thobe fashions and the similarities between a bad hair day and a bad hijab day we Read the full article…