MANAGING CREATIVE BUSINESSES

Strategic thinking and planning for success

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Useful resources for managing creative businesses and charities

When it comes to managing a successful creative business or charity, having an entrepreneurial mindset will help you spot opportunities – and act. Innovative thinking and strategic planning will prepare you for large projects. This involves having a solid business plan in place, managing your resources, and learning how to get the best out of your people.

Our business resources will help you to build and manage a sustainable, agile business for the long term. Discover how you can nurture team talent and create an inclusive culture. Learn how to create a successful strategy and monitor your performance. Find better ways to manage your internal systems and processes. If you’re a freelancer, our guides and templates will help you to work more effectively with arts and not-for-profit organisations.

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Whether you’re managing an arts organisation or you’re a freelancer, we have a vast range of practical business tools to help you fill in any knowledge gaps.
  • Business planning and strategy
  • Performance management
  • Costing a project
  • Risk analysis
  • Stakeholder and resource analysis
  • HR and legal requirements
  • Record keeping
  • SWOT analysis

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Planning a New Business

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Monitoring Performance

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Choosing a New Business Structure

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Business Tools

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Managing Risk

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Business Tool – Executive Summary

This (part of a full document) provides the reader with an overview of the key issues from a strategic and/or business plan. The primary aim is to communicate the essence…

Business Tool – SWOT Analysis

The strategic capability of an organisation most likely to impact on strategy development. This can be used as a basis against which to generate strategic options and assess future courses of action…

Business Tool – Mission and Objectives

A mission statement is a statement of the overriding direction and purpose of an organisation. It is the foundation for any strategic plan and expresses…

Business Tool – Resource Analysis

The strategic capability of an organisation is determined by the adequacy and suitability of its resources and competences, these enabling it to survive and prosper. This can…

Business Tool – Summary Stages

This outlines the main stages in the business planning cycle. The list is not exhaustive and is much a focus on the key stages and issues involved, and is not necessarily a rigid framework…

Risk Tool Kit – Analysis Process

The overall purpose of the management of risk process is to help a decision maker understand a situation, along with the likely outcomes…

Risk Tool Kit – Internal Controls

Effective control is an essential part of an organisations activities, necessary as part of risk management procedures, legal discharge of trustee responsibilities and as part of fraud prevention…

Risk Tool Kit – Risk Management Process

The overall purpose of the management of risk process is to help a decision maker understand a situation, along with the likely outcomes. This process is in two parts…

Business Tool – Stakeholder Mapping

Stakeholders are normally seen as individuals or groups that are affected by an organisations activities, these consisting of funders, managers, employees, competitors, government, clients and suppliers…

Monitoring Performance – Record Keeping

Organisations have a responsibility to keep records. These include: Financial records, HR records, contractual records and health and safety records…

Monitoring Performance – Management Information

Put simply, management information is any data collected that can be analysed and used to help you make future business decisions. This data can be used to flag up and identify problems, and help…

Managing Your Business – Accountability And Regulation

HMRC have implemented a programme of business records checks (BRCs) with penalties for significant record-keeping failures. HMRC consider that the test of whether business records fulfil the statutory…

Planning A New Business – Writing A Business Plan

If you intend to set up a new business, it can be hugely beneficial to produce a business plan. A business plan is a formal document, describing the objectives, strategies, income, marketing, and…

Planning A New Business – Business Type

The way you structure your business will depend upon its type, any inherent risks, industry stipulations, and personal preferences. It’s important to understand the relevance of each type of structure…

Planning A New Business – Business Name

It’s important to choose a name that works for your business and allows for growth. There are many factors to consider which include…

Planning A New Business – Costing A Project

Your business should not necessarily accept every project you are offered. You must be confident that you will make a profit or break even before accepting a project—otherwise you’ll effectively be…