Robin Cantrill-Fenwick today joins the Association for Cultural Enterprises in the new role of Director of Digital and Communications, to lead the delivery of an ambitious digital transformation programme.
Trade shows and comparative shopping are a prerequisite for cultural retailers. If, that is, a retailer is lucky enough to convince the powers that be that getting out and about is an intrinsic and compulsory part of the job. Your colleagues might think you’ve gone on a bit of a jolly, but this is the hardest work we do all year, and could have implications for far longer.
Caroline Keppel-Palmer from Museum Bookstore, shares her tips for turning size to your advantage. To hear more, come along to Caroline's talk on Friday 2 March at ACE2018.
As a new company, Museum Bookstore is small. Like many museums promoting books and goods online, we have to find creative ways to turn our small size to our advantage. Here are some of our tips for doing just that:
Sunday 26 November 2017 was the first ever Museum Shop Sunday and we're delighted to report that it was a huge success! Nearly 700 venues took part worldwide, which was phenomenal. Over 125 venues in the UK, Ireland and even Hungary put on special events and promotions on the day, attracting new customers to enjoy shopping for unique and special Christmas gifts in the relaxing and inspiring surroundings of their local museum or gallery.
Bookings are now open for the ACE Conference and Trade Show to be held in Brighton on 1 and 2 March 2018. The annual ACE Conference is an unmissable networking and learning opportunity for anyone involved in income generation in the cultural sector, offering the chance to meet and share ideas with colleagues, learn about best practice, and hear the latest thinking in the field of cultural commerce.
Brexit, Trump, the general election…. today’s retailers are having to deal with a fair amount of instability. So how do you best plan for the unexpected? One way is to make sure you monitor your KPIs and plan a range of cost scenarios - look out for our great new retail benchmarking tool coming soon to help you do just that! In the meantime, here are a few more ideas for planning ahead.
We are delighted to announce that ACE has been successful in our bid to the Arts Council England to become part of the National Portfolio as a Sector Support Organisation. This will enable us to take the next big step in benefits we offer to our members. We are planning an ambitious Online Academy which will roll out in the period 2018-2021 and will result in an educational resource that is unparallelled in, or out of, the sector for those wishing to improve their skills and knowledge base in commercial operations.