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Prosper business support project evaluation

The full evaluation report of Prosper, a business support and action research programme, designed and managed by Creative United, that ran from March 2017 to March 2018. The aim of this programme was to improve business sustainability and resilience in the creative and cultural sectors, and complete research into the provision and use of business ... Read more


Published: 2018 | Resource type: Research

Mottisfont Abbey — Secondary Spend Case Study

Discover how Mottisfont Abbey has become a sustainable year-round business and the positive impact investing in its infrastructure has had on increased visitor numbers and secondary spend income.  


Published: 2018 | Resource type: Case studies

The rebrand

In their second Prosper vlog, Amar Patel and Daniel Oduntan from  Soul Labels talk about how they developed the Soul Labels brand, and how they might evolve it with the help of Rob Key from Studio Change.


Published: 2018 | Resource type: article

Asset management

This introduction to asset management explains what an asset is — tangible and intangible — how to identify your assets and what value and income you can derive from assets. It considers the potential gains —  turnover, profit and audiences — in working your assets to their full capacity.


Published: 2018 | Resource type: Guide/tools

Loan funding in the arts

This Prosper resource provides an introduction to loan funding for arts, cultural and heritage organisations.


Published: 2018 | Resource type: Guide/tools

Managing teams through change

In this Prosper resource, Alasdair Cant highlights the key points to consider when managing a team through organisational change — from planning and implementing change, through to dealing effectively with uncertainty to avoid resistance and conflict.


Published: 2018 | Resource type: Guide/tools

Capacity Building

In this Prosper resource Gill Thewlis explores the concept of Capacity Building within the context of the arts, cultural and heritage sector; and provides a seven-point approach to building capacity in organisations.


Published: 2018 | Resource type: Guide/tools

Measuring social impact for creative businesses

This Prosper resource is a short introduction to measuring social impact for creative businesses. The measurement of social impact is an emerging concept and there are a number of different social models being developed and refined. The information in this resource is therefore for general guidance only and includes links to website with further information.


Published: 2018 | Resource type: Guide/tools

The funding mix for arts organisations

This Prosper resource explains the funding mix — grants, earned income, private and corporate donations, sponsorship, crowdfunding and loans —  and explores the benefits to arts organisations in getting the right mix of funding.


Published: 2018 | Resource type: Guide/tools

Developing successful partnerships

This resource provides tips on how to nurture successful partnerships to enable new income. The tips have been shared by a range of business advisors contributing to Prosper, Creative United’s business support programme for the arts, museums and libraries.


Published: 2018 | Resource type: article

Gearing Up For Growth

In this Prosper resource Gill Thewlis covers all you need to know to successfully manage change and growth within your organisation — from measuring success and capturing your ideas for growth; through to business planning and funding; and managing risk and change.


Published: 2018 | Resource type: Guide/tools

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Business planning during a time of change

Jo Towler, Executive Director of Candoco Dance Company, spoke to AMA editor, Jacqueline Haxton, about how Creative United’s Prosper advisor Marina Norris helped Candoco develop its Business Plan during a time of organisational change.


Published: 2018 | Resource type: article

Chickenshed Diversifying Income Case study

Discover how Chickenshed leveraged its expertise in order to diversify its income and maximise the commercial benefit of its existing assets with the launch of its Corporate Training programme.


Published: 2018 | Resource type: Case studies

Knowing and Growing Your Audience

Knowing and Growing your Audience is a new Prosper resource from Julie Aldridge helping you to develop a practical and strategic approach to audience development. The guide was adapted from a Prosper webinar delivered as part of Creative United’s Prosper programme.


Published: 2018 | Resource type: Guide/tools

Developing new products and services

Alison O’Hara joined New Writing North (NWN) in April 2017 with the responsibility of growing the organisation’s enterprise and trading activities. Prosper, Creative United’s business support programme for the arts, museums and libraries, is helping Alison and NWN to explore the development of new products and services.


Published: 2017 | Resource type: article

Becoming an NPO

Mungo Beaumont, co-founder and Producer at Middle Child Theatre, explains how Creative United’s Prosper programme is helping Middle Child prepare itself for official entry into the Arts Council England’s National Portfolio.


Published: 2017 | Resource type: article

Library @ the Lightbox

Due to open in Autumn 2018, the new central library in Barnsley — Library @ the Lightbox — will become the cornerstone of the town centre with its striking design and transparent glass exterior. Lesley Stables, Library and Information Manager, explains how Creative United’s Prosper programme is providing valuable business support in the run up to the opening ... Read more


Published: 2017 | Resource type: article

The story so far …

In their first Prosper vlog, Amar Patel and Daniel Oduntan from Soul Labels share the highlights and key takeaways of their experiences to date of  Prosper, Creative United’s business support programme designed specifically for arts organisations, museums and libraries.


Published: 2017 | Resource type: article

Post-it notes, big pens and paper

Derby Museums are taking part in Prosper — Creative United’s business support programme for the arts, museums and libraries. Head of Development, Sue Jacklin, shares the experience of Derby Museums’ first meeting with Tracey Johnson, their Prosper business advisor.


Published: 2017 | Resource type: article

You can’t pour from an empty cup

Beth Alden is CEO at New Brewery Arts in Cirencester, an arts organisation with a craft focus. She is taking part in Creative United’s Prosper programme.


Published: 2017 | Resource type: article