Success Guide to Lettings

It’s not always easy for community businesses to get their hands on the kind of detailed financial data that helps build a business case, and get an important local service up and running. Unlike businesses in the private sector, local groups often only have minimal access to information, advice and inaccurate financial data on income generation to support their planning and goal setting. Read the full article…

Are you sweating your assets?

Asset Management Guide Culture Hive

One of the truisms about comedy around, well, almost anything really is that it must be based in fact.  Buzzwords, and phrases that use them – like sweating your assets – really do come from a place of business sense;  and not just the sensible play of buzzword-bingo in the hour-too-long management meeting after lunch on Read the full article…

Be nice to your space!

Community Guide to Room Hire;  Power to Change / MyCake

Have you got space in your community centre?   Do you use it all?  Or is there a room at the back, maybe a little damp (’cause you don’t keep the heater on) that’s sitting there, lonely, with no one to play in it? Just a little sad round the edges, and slighly neglected with perhaps Read the full article…

Where are you with managing your money? Our survey says…

Back in the autumn we circulated a small survey to a number of community businesses to find out how they managed their money – in some cases, literally.   Our results are quite interesting from the small data cohort we used: Managing and keeping track of money is one of those things that we all MEAN Read the full article…

Tax Return – how to avoid the January panic

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Should the 31st October deadline for paper tax returns be the mental deadline for all of us? So the deadline for paper filing of tax returns is looming on the 31st October, but some people argue that this should be your deadline even if you complete your tax return online. Why? In part to avoid Read the full article…

Meet the Finance advisors helping the creative industry flourish

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Launched across England in September 2014, Creative Industry Finance is a programme designed to assist creative and cultural enterprises in securing the finance and investment needed to develop and grow into sustainable businesses, and is delivered and managed by Creative United. Meet three of the Creative Industry Finance Advisors in this video (filmed by MyCake’s 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…

DCMS Arts priorities for 2015

Culture Secretary Maria Miller has set out the details of the June Spending Review settlement and its implications for the DCMS and for Arts Council England (ACE). Confirming a funding cut to the Arts Council of 5% for 2014/15 – lower than for some other DCMS clients – she attributed this to having made “strong Read the full article…

Into the woods with Folksy Summer School

We’re joining Folksy this year on 11th August at their first ever Summer School for designers and makers, it’s in the woods around Sheffield which sounds magical. Over two days event attendees will hear from 20 speakers on topics such as branding, marketing, selling, social media, and MyCake’s Sarah Thewall will be presenting on Pricing Read the full article…

3 weeks until The Design Trust Start Up Day at New Designers on Thu 27 June

Come along to The Design Trust Start Up Day at New Designers this month and hear 27 speakers from across the UK, from successful designers to government, from non-profit studio providers to large online marketplaces. The day is going to be buzzing with inspiration and advice, our very own Sarah Thelwall will be speaking about getting to Read the full article…