Community Businesses and the Poverty Trap

We are familiar with idea of the working poor as individuals and being stuck in a poverty trap of poor education and reduced opportunities. We are also familiar with the idea that the lives of families in the working poor are fragile houses of cards and if, for example, one carefully constructed set of child Read the full article…

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…

Why benchmarking is good for you

It’s all very well knowing that turnover is vanity and profit is sanity (and of course, that Cash is King), but how do you evaluate whether the profit that you are successfully making – assuming that you are breaking even and making that holy grail of profit on a monthly basis – is as much 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…

Creative Lenses Forum will explore innovative business models in the arts

Creative Lenses Forum Innovative business models in the arts 13/10/16 University of the Arts London

Times of austerity can foster great art, but have the past few years led to innovation in the business models that support it? A forthcoming event at Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London will look at exactly that question by exploring business model innovation of independent arts venues and performing arts organisations. Read the full article…

Benchmark Bulletin 8 – latest look at creative-business-finances

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In this our 8th bulletin we’ve decided to look at how the profile of your business model changes as the business grows. As ever the data is drawn from our users so it’s real creatives with real businesses that drive both the data and what we do. This bulletin should help you ask questions about Read the full article…

How to support craft in the UK: new report published

Mixture Matters

‘Mixture Matters’ report reveals challenges and opportunities in the business models of contemporary craft development organisations. Catalyst Craft Consortium publish ‘Mixture Matters’ report by MyCake founder Sarah Thelwall. A consortium of five nationally acclaimed organisations have commissioned a report to investigate the challenges and opportunities in the business models of contemporary craft development organisations. The Read the full article…

Are Yorkshire’s Arts Funding models fit for the future?

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In this this datacast Sarah Thelwall and Anamaria Wills, CEO of CidaCo the specialist training and consultancy company working in the cultural sector and beyond, discuss arts data from the region of Yorkshire and Humber (we were sitting in Leeds when we recorded this). This is using the ACE NPO data dashboard tool designed by Read the full article…

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

Cultural Trends Cover

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…