Nothing ventured, nothing gained

21 Mar 2011

Claire Antrobus weighs up the risks and benefits of loan finance

Building a learning community

28 Feb 2011

Jim Beirne discusses a series of social enterprises designed to create additional income streams, based around creative and physical assets

Food for thought

03 Feb 2011

Alison O’Neill shares some advice on making the most out of your venue’s catering arm

Spatial awareness

17 Jan 2011

It’s now more crucial than ever for venues to be commercially astute, and managing conferences and events is a critical part of this. Tony Smith offers some advice

Selling a stake

13 Dec 2010

In the first of our brand new series on strategies for financial sustainability, Gwilym Gibbons explains how his organisation is exploiting its intellectual property

Making a merger work

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11 Oct 2010

Are two heads better than one? Mahmood Reza explains why and how arts organisations can merge to ensure survival and success

Boiling VAT

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30 Nov 2009

Mahmood Reza follows up on Garsington Opera’s VAT victory by explaining how the new rules work.

Add up your value

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07 Sep 2009

Mahmood Reza looks at how Gross Value Added is calculated, what it means for your organisation and why it can be a useful measure.

For the record

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23 Mar 2009

Mahmood Reza explains how balancing the books maintains a company’s equilibrium.

Testing times

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03 Nov 2008

Mahmood Reza examines the possible implications of the economic downturn for arts organisations.

Personal Finance - Keeping control

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09 Apr 2007

Mahmood Reza shares advice for artists and freelances

Personal Finance - Individual giving

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25 Sep 2006

Arts charities could make more use of individual donations. Mahmood Reza considers the tax implications of giving to arts organisations.

Personal Finance - Expenses and tax

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08 May 2006

In the latest of an occasional series looking at managing personal finances, Mahmood Reza distinguishes between the types of expenses that are genuinely tax-deductible, and those that will raise the taxmans eyebrows.

Personal Finance - In good company

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27 Feb 2006

In the latest of an occasional series looking at managing personal finances, Mahmood Reza investigates the tax implications of company cars for employers and employees.

Essential Finance - Compare and contrast

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12 Sep 2005

Effective comparisons within organisations’ accounts can help cut through the columns of figures to provide a true picture of how an arts organisation is actually faring financially. Mahmood Reza delves into ratio analysis.

Essential Finance - Revenue and customs investigations

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17 Jan 2005

Mahmood Reza looks at what happens when the Inland Revenue or Customs and Excise request an inspection.

Essential Finance - A beginner’s guide to VAT

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06 Sep 2004

Mahmood Reza provides an ABC of VAT.

Essential Finance - Making financial statements work for you

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31 May 2004

In the final instalment of his series on financial reports, Mahmood Reza looks at cash-flow statements and the management use and interpretation of financial statements.

Essential Finance - Financial Statements: Appreciating depreciation

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05 Apr 2004

In the second of a series of articles about financial reports, Mahmood Reza examines how profit is calculated and unravels the mysteries of depreciation.

Essential Finance - Budgeting basics

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06 Oct 2003

Mahmood Reza looks at the process of preparing and managing an effective budget.


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