Cultural Consulting Network provides professional consultancy services to the heritage and arts sectors. Through challenge and support, we work closely with clients to understand their particular needs so that we can offer intelligent and workable solutions that bring lasting benefits.

Cultural Consulting Network provides professional consultancy services to the heritage and arts sectors. Through challenge and support, we work closely with clients to understand their particular needs so that we can offer intelligent and workable solutions that bring lasting benefits.

New Forest Centre

Client: New Forest Centre

  • The New Forest Centre (NFC) inspires its visitors to explore and value the New Forest. It does this by collecting, conserving and interpreting its collections and by providing educational activities and information to a broad range of audiences.

Project

  • In 2017, the NFC, secured HLF Transition Funding to undertake a comprehensive organisational and business review with a number of interlinked programme strands including business planning, trustee and governance review, fundraising, marketing and branding.
  • The project was precipitated by a decision of the Trustees to remove admission charges.

How we helped

  • CCN supported a short-term action plan which included tackling financial planning and improved donations rates.
  • CCN undertook an independent expert analysis of the financial effects of charging or free admission to guide Trustee decision-making about its future direction.
  • CCN worked with Trustees to produce a revised Business Plan for future sustainability which also served as the NFC’s Forward Plan for Accreditation.
  • CCN responded proactively to a further withdrawal current of earned income during the project.
  • CCN also supported the introduction of effective budget forecasting, better transparency in the accounts and oversight by a new Finance Committee.

 

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