The Future of Heritage Funding

Welcome to the new world of Heritage Funding from the National Lottery. In recent years many of our clients have turned to alternative sources of funding and support for projects and one area which has developed in our portfolio and practice is the area of heritage. We have helped over 2o clients develop and implement projects over the last few months and have been assessing the changes which were planned for the Heritage Lottery Fund. Having just taken a couple of weeks to meet with the funders...
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Simple and Stylish

Every brand, however big or small, should have a set of cohesive brand guidelines to maintain its identity. Your brand is the face of your business; it projects your identity and defines how your clients and prospects view your business. Shouldn’t you value having a guide to place in the hands of every person who touches your brand? The answer is yes. This is extremely valuable to your company and its reputation. What is a Brand Style Guide? A brand style guide—or “brand guidelines”—is the pri...
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Big Changes to the Big Lottery

The Big Lottery Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund have adopted their name changes to incorporate The National Lottery. The changes were first announced last September, and are to make a clearer link between playing The National Lottery and the good causes that benefit. The Big Lottery Fund changes its name today to The National Lottery Community Fund, while the Heritage Lottery Fund will now be known as The National Lottery Heritage Fund. Both organisations have also refreshed their brand ide...
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Heritage Services

In recent months much of our case work has involved heritage projects, from interpretative and cultural tourism programmes to capital build and conservation projects. We have assembled multi-disciplinary teams using our bespoke knowledge brokerage model and provided skills services and solutions to a range of clients from commercial property developers to community and cultural groups. We have just completed a Conditional Survey and Conservation Report for a client who wish to engage in a capit...
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Don’t Miss the Deadline!

Don't forget the Deadline for Charity Commission returns. It is the worst time of the year for many charities but help is at hand. The Charity Commission has updated its guidance on how to complete the annual monitoring return with helpful screenshots of the online return. The Charity Commission has identified that October and January are two peak periods in which charities must submit their annual monitoring return to the charity register. If your registered charity's financial year is 1 Apri...
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PEACE of Mind

At this time of great national uncertainty the prospect of BREXIT and especially a No Deal BREXIT has caused near panic in certain quarters. It is often hard to discern political spin and point scoring from genuine practical problems however it is safe to say that no other area of the UK will be as effected by BREXIT as Northern Ireland. PEACE of Mind for the Third Sector in Northern Ireland While agriculture and the small business sector have been most vocal it is the community and vol...
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War and all that Follows

Thinking of those who served in the Armed Forces and the nation's covenant with them. Making good on that national commitment. A recent Christmas present, the biography of Jason Fox entitled 'Battle Scars' set me thinking about debt owed to those who served their country. While the headlines of Iraq and Afghanistan play large in the media, we know little of these men and women's battles after they return home. The Title says it all Jason Fox speaking at a local book launch The memo...
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Capital Idea

While we may have stopped writing lists and letters to Santa many community and voluntary groups are in need of a Christmas wish come true. Let us help you this Christmas to support your work with a capital investment which will allow you to grow and develop.  The Department for Communities Small Capital Grants Programme for Northern Ireland should be at the top of your list this Christmas with its direct smile and generous programme to support local community and voluntary work. Speak to...
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Campaigning

At LEXXER we help you to be heard, and ensure that your message is clear and consistent. Often the passion of a cause, or the urgency of the issue means that you or your firm or organisation are not in the best place to make strategic decisions. This is where we come in, with an external, professional and more strategic approach. Our ethos is simple - You Do the Talking, We will do the Thinking! An effective issue advocacy campaign requires more than just good lobbying; it requires a strategic ...
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