The value of youthfulness

Image of young people at a governance training workshop
24 Jun 2013

Jessica Stockford tells how Arts & Business’ programme to recruit young employees of big companies to arts boards has proved to be a successful initiative − to the surprise of some.

A property boom

Image of Oldham Town Hall
29 May 2013

Steve Mannix and Sean Egan advise arts organisations to watch out for the many council-owned buildings that will be coming on to the market to buy or rent.

Finding the perfect person

Image of hands of interviewer and interviewee
13 May 2013

Eleanor Deem advises that spending time on writing a detailed person specification can avoid problems later.

On the brink

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07 Mar 2013

When arts organisations are teetering on the brink of insolvency, a Company Voluntary Arrangement may throw them a lifeline. Mahmood Reza explains how.

The role of a patron

Photo of an actors' workshop
12 Nov 2012

What should a patron be able to offer an arts organisation? Louise Coles suggests that expectations need to be clear from the outset.

Auto-enrolment unravelled

12 Nov 2012

Are you vaguely aware of pensions auto-enrolment but not sure who it affects, what employers need to do, and by when? Eleanor Deem outlines the steps employers need to take.

Long live senior creativity

Burbank Senior Artsist Colony
16 Oct 2012

Philip Thomas spent five weeks on a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust travel fellowship researching the American senior theatre movement. He reflects on the sensitive issue of labelling older people.

Leading change together

A screening at the 2011 festival with the Metropole Orchestra
16 Oct 2012

No arts organisation should just be the passive receiver of money: robust partnerships are the only way forward for a sustainable future, says Janneke Staarink.

Making a merger work

A face on two hands
11 Oct 2010

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

Stealing strategy

Photo of ping-pong bat in meeting room
12 Apr 2010

Is the arts baby drowning in the strategy bathwater? Alice Devitt thinks that business techniques should support, not overwhelm, artistic and social vision.

Risky business

Photo person skiing down hill
01 Jun 2009

Mahmood Reza explains the importance of good risk management to the health of an organisation.

My Gurus - Kenneth Olumuyiwa Tharp

09 Feb 2009

Kenneth Olumuyiwa Tharp reveals the people who have most inspired him

Testing times

Credit crunch stall
03 Nov 2008

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

Censorship - A considered approach

Woman and man
04 Jul 2005

The forced closure of ‘Behzti’ last year have sent shock waves through the theatre industry and raised timely questions about censorship, freedom of speech and the importance of religion and drama in a multicultural society. Jonathan Church looks at the aftermath of the controversy.

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.


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