How to Culture Benchmark: setting up a new form

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Welcome to the How to Culture Benchmark series of posts where we will show you, and your team of cultural professionals, a look inside the Culture Benchmark dashboard. Any organisation with a subscription to the Culture Benchmark has access to this area. In this first short video Sarah demonstrates how to set up a new Read the full article…

So what do creative professionals need to know about finance – video recap

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On 12th March 2014, Sarah Thelwall joined Be Smart About Art founder Susan Mumford online to explain some basics of finance for creatives using her Plain English style. Sarah is a strategist and consultant in the Creative Industries and grand dame founder of MyCake.org, our resource for online financial management and benchmarking business tools. Sarah Read the full article…

From studio to pop up gallery: Sarah meets artist Kellie Miller as she ventures into retail

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In January Lauren and Sarah met with artist Kellie Miller at her new pop up gallery in Brighton’s Lanes. Kellie kindly let us film a series of short ‘top tips’ videos in the beautifully presented Kellie Miller Arts gallery space, the videos will form part of the work we are doing this May with Yorkshire Read the full article…

Be Smart About Art: What do creative professionals need to know about finance? Tonight 8pm

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Be Smart About Art runs a series of free online sessions called Second-Wednesday Webinars. They cover essential knowledge for professionals working in the arts sector and are given by specially chosen experts. Tonight’s webinar will be given by our very own Sarah Thelwall and will address the question What do creative professionals need to know Read the full article…

Benchmarking for Catalyst Arts orgs: What we learnt

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We spent Wednesday 19th Feb with some 30 ACE Catalyst funded organisations to look at how to use data to help them plan and measure the successes of their income generating activities. Sarah Thelwall was joined by William Makower and Paul Cutts of the National Funding Scheme who gave an overview of how Donate works Read the full article…

Rewired State – Hack the Government at Leeds Data Mill 8 March

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Over the weekend MyCake’s data gurus Sarah Thelwall and David Thelwall will be involved in a National Hack Camp event at Leeds City Museum that sees attendees at the event set a series of Open Data challenges focused on building prototype uses for both private and public data. Billed as National Hack the Government 2014, Read the full article…

Retailing – a greater focus on SME’s?

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In the last couple of weeks we’ve taken to our rubber duck, floated across the moat that currently surrounds MyCake Towers and headed out to explore some of the new retail opportunities that you, our MyCake community, have been using to reach new markets. This article looks at two in particular – the Princes Trust Read the full article…

Fashion stars call on Scots to ‘Love Your Clothes’

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Director of Edinburgh International Fashion Festival Anna Freemantle and top Scottish designer Niki Taylor launch new campaign to stop millions of pounds worth of clothes going to landfill A new campaign to encourage Scots to value clothes more and waste less was launched last week by top fashion industry figures. The Love Your Clothes campaign 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…

Daring to Dream in Margate

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MyCake founder Sarah Thelwall spent time in East Kent last month delivering a short masterclass on benchmarking arts organisations and then a marketing session for School for Creative Startups. There was time in the schedule to do some more exploring of the Creative and Cultural Industries in East Kent following on from Sarah’s earlier post Read the full article…