Update on the future of &Co
26 August 2011
As you will be aware, &Co The cultural marketing house was one of a large number of cultural organisations to lose their Arts Council England funding in the round of decisions made earlier this year.
Since then, we’ve been working tirelessly to service our client needs whilst also striving to transition into a future organisational model that will not depend on core public funding from 1 April 2012.
It would be a complete understatement to say that this has not been easy. Everyone working on &Co’s behalf – members, funders, trustees and colleagues – has been a great support striving to help us in finding a path through this difficult situation.
Arts Council England has now received our funding application to support our transition and we expect to hear the outcome in early October. At the same time, we’ve been saying farewell to a number of colleagues who have found themselves new opportunities with other organisations, many of which are cultural I’m delighted to say so we hope to keep in touch!
With this in mind we’ve had to take stock of how best to operate our business and manage our assets whilst we await news on our Grants for the Arts application.
It’s important that I share this information with you now so that I can be of help to you in dealing with your own transitional requirements as a result of the recent decisions taken by the &Co Board of Trustees.
For users of &Co Communicate our print distribution service, business is continuing as usual, in fact, busier than usual, so please keep in touch with either Tony Mackinnon or Rick Grayson for all your campaign requirements via http://www.andco.uk.com/what-we-do/communicate/
Changes to staffing and funding for www.digyorkshire.com mean that we are now in discussions with some good friends and business allies regarding its future. Therefore, we’ve decided that at this point in time we need to take stock of the www.digyorkshire.com platform without compromising on the quality that Rachel, Zoe and our team of reviewers have always taken great pride in. We don’t see this as the end of www.digyorkshire.com but instead, it creates a new opportunity for us to explore its further partnership potential in supporting cultural organisations with their online audience engagement needs. For the interim though, please bear with us whilst the listings and previews are maintained at a more basic level than you’re used to – we hope to be able to bring a new approach to www.digyorkshire.com very soon!
There are also changes afoot in the way that we are now serving your needs with regard to market research, marketing and audience development consultancy since we are now working with a small team of Associate Consultants - all of whom will be familiar to you and are highly capable of continuing to deliver the high quality work that we’re proud of. So don’t forget to call on us for your mapping and profiling requirements, or qualitative or quantitative research needs. Here’s a reminder of what we can help you with http://www.andco.uk.com/what-we-do/consult/
Finally, I wanted to let you know that in taking account of the fact that we need to make every positive effort to reduce our overheads &Co will be moving from our much-loved home at 46 The Calls, Leeds at the end of September. Don’t worry though you can still contact us via the same channels, post, telephone, email and www.andco.uk.com and you shouldn’t experience any disruption to your business as a result.
As I hope you’ll now be able to understand, all of these changes are designed to enable &Co to continue a valuable role in contributing to the future development of audiences in partnership with organisations across the broad spectrum of culture. But for &Co to exist beyond 1 April 2012 without core public funding, it needs to re-form and these are the first steps towards that re-formation. I hope that more positive steps will follow in the Autumn at which point I will consult with you further. But for the meantime, please do keep in touch – our future also depends on your continued support and I welcome your ideas on how you think we can continue to add value to your organisation. Please contact Alison at email@example.com or 07753 815111.