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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…

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…

Cultural Trends Journal: read Sarah’s article from the latest edition

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Sarah Thelwall the MyCake founder has written a detailed article in the current issue of the Cultural Trends Journal. The article is: Benchmarking non-profit arts organisation business models: what it reveals about innovation in the face of austerity   The article is essential reading to anyone in the arts sector interested in how arts organisations 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…

Arts Council England open application process for NPOs

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The next round of funding for National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) is open for applications. From now until 17 March 2014 the Arts Council England application process is accepting submissions from UK organisations for the next three years of funding streams for the period 2015 – 2018. In the announcement yesterday from ACE, Chief Executive Alan Read the full article…

EU Funding: New Creative Europe Opportunities

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The European Commission has announced the first calls for the new Creative Europe programme. With a budget of EUR 1.46 billion between 2014 and 2020 – 9% more than current levels – the programme will provide a boost for the cultural and creative sectors, increasingly regarded as a major source of jobs and growth. Creative Read the full article…

Changes to NPO funding in England

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Arts Council England is preparing to divide its National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) into two groups from 2015/16 – those that will be funded from Government Grant-in-Aid (GiA) and those that will be paid from Lottery revenues. This new approach to core funding was announced at a briefing meeting for leaders of existing NPOs and major Read the full article…

Opportunity: EU Funding event for Arts, Culture and Creative Industries

There will be more than £6bn of EU Structural Funds available to the UK from 2014 to 2020.  These funds (ERDF, ESF, EAFRD) and their various strands (including Interreg) have provided millions of pounds to the arts, culture and creative industries since 2000.  But not everyone understands the opportunities these new funds provide, or the Read the full article…

Upcoming event: creative Europe in a time of austerity

UK / European conference – Thursday 9 May 2013 Conference website: http://www.euclid.info/events/ Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, UK In a time of financial austerity in the UK and across the rest of Europe, this event aims to provide arts and cultural organisations with a range of ideas to help them decrease their reliance on public subsidy Read the full article…

BIG Assist offers £6 million support to UK third sector

Last October the NCVO and the Big Lottery Fund launched the BIG Assist support programme to provide infrastructure organisations in the charity, fundraising and voluntary sector with access to financial assistance via a voucher scheme as well as to peer to peer support from the UK third sector community. Changes in the voluntary sector environment Read the full article…