Community Asset Transfer and VAT

The Centurion VAT team has been supporting a number of local authorities, and the subsequent Trust bodies established, in addressing the VAT issues that will directly impact on the feasibility of transferring out council run Leisure and Cultural services to separate Trust management. So when I saw Empower’s blog piece on the next round of […]

Why managing a team is like conducting an orchestra

One of the recent castaways on Desert Island Discs was the American conductor Marin Alsop – the first woman to conduct the Last Night of the Proms. During the discussion about her life and career, Kirsty Young asked her about the difficulties she had had when she was first appointed Musical Director of the Baltimore […]

Why is competitor analysis important?

There are very few truly niche markets. Few people exist with an unsatisfied need and, if you are a newcomer to the market place, you are going to be trying to take customers away from other providers while also creating new customers. So you need to know who your competitors are and how good they […]

How feasible is your Community Asset Transfer project?

Wouldn’t it be better to establish the likelihood of success before you invest a  ll that time and energy? A lot of consultancies offer feasibility studies but there’s a catch. There is an implicit pressure on consultants to create a feasibility study that says a project is feasible in order to support a funding application. […]

Build it and they will come

‘Build it and they will come’. It might work for dead baseball players but for the rest of us it is essential we can assess demand. If I had a penny for every time I heard, ‘Wouldn’t it be great to have a new community centre?’ I’d be a rich woman. However, just because a […]

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