4 posts categorised "Hospitality and leisure"

19 June 2017

Visitor attractions - challenges and opportunities

Julie D Clark Visitor attractions and theme parks are experiencing increasing pressures from a number of sources. First, customers are tightening the purse strings with uncertainty in the air. Our own consumer sentiment survey showed that 26% of people expect to be worse off this year. So with household budgets...

19 May 2017

The time has come to transfer local authority museums to trust status

Julie Clark and Ian Oakley-Smith Brighton & Hove City Council has announced that from April 2018, it intends operating the city’s Royal Pavilion & Museums via a cultural trust [1]. They believe this will help grow the success of its iconic Royal palace and nationally significant museum collections, while also...

16 May 2017

Funding challenges see local authorities adopt more entrepreneurial approaches to boost museum revenues and drive cost-efficiencies

Julie Clark and Ian Oakley-Smith In the first blog in this three-part series on local authority-managed museums, we examined the context in which today’s museums are operating, the growing need for local authorities to take a hard look at the benefits their museums deliver and at the options for sustaining...

11 May 2017

What’s the future for Local Authority museums? As financial pressures grow, it’s time to think outside the box

Julie Clark and Ian Oakley-Smith There are around 700 local authority museums in England[1] with the majority managed directly by local councils and largely funded by state subsidy. With continued pressure on funding, local authority spending on non-statutory services such as museums, is inevitably coming under the microscope as it...