Success as a Social Enterprise

Leaders who Build Businesses that Change Lives LEXXER Solutions attended a presentation and launch at the Banqueting Hall at Belfast City Hall Many of our clients are interested in: Starting, or thinking of starting, a social business. Supporting a social business (as a consultant or board member) Encouraging entrepreneurial activity within their community/network Therefore we felt it was useful to attend today to learn more. The speaks were both inspirational and informative w...
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Why did Wrights go so Wrong?

A tragic conclusion to the weeks of waiting Today has brought the sad news of Wrightbus going into administration. Our thoughts are with the workers their families and all those local businesses which rely on the work generated by Wrightbus. Our thoughts are also with Sir William Wright that rare breed of local entrepreneur who built a world class business from the ground up. The iconic Wrightbus Routemaster The local company that built London’s distinctive double-decker “Boris bus” ha...
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Planning for the Future of the Past

Looking forward to a good days work with Portadown Heritage Tours as we plan for the future of their innovative heritage business in the town. We have been working together for almost two years now on a range of projects and have been able to draw down both National Lottery and local Council PEACE IV funding to support this innovative social enterprise. Fresh home grown ideas are our speciality In that time the community here has turned what was once billed the greatest the worst tourism ...
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Sweet Sound of Sucess

This year sees the start of some exciting planning for the cultural and heritage future of Belfast. Belfast is bidding to be approved as a Unesco City of Music by 2023. The bid is included in Belfast city council's 10-year cultural strategy, which is out for consultation. Have Your Say Today The bid is one of a number of big ideas out for consultation inclusing a new visitor attraction which tells the Belfast story and film centre is also part of the plan. The process began when ...
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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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