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…

Sorry to hear about the dis-investment by ACE, how can we help?

Ok, so it’s easy to congratulate the winners from the ACE NPO review but the next question is how do we help those who are on the blunt end of the dis-investment? Well, the Culture Benchmark can certainly help you explore the business models of organisations in your sector, region and of a similar size Read the full article…

The value of benchmarking when the past is not an indicator of the future

We’ve been talking to various people who are considering using the Culture Benchmark because they are going through significant infrastructural change. The challenge for an organisation who is refurbishing their building or moving into new and different facilities. The challenge here is that if you’ve been running a 350 seater theatre and you will soon Read the full article…

MyCake Benchmark Bulletin 5: changing cost base in a recession

One of the questions that MyCake is asked on a regular basis is how are creative entrepreneurs weathering the recession? So we dedicated the recent Benchmark Bulletin 5 to answering that question, making comparisons between the 2008-9 (referred to as 2009) and the 2009-10 (2010 from here on) to see if we could spot trends in how creative businesses Read the full article…