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Actions to be taken
- Create a social business model which is credible, clear & simple.
- Decide on legal structure. +
- Ask Unlimited for pre start-up financial assistance for a social business. comments
- Start with a few small projects.
- Develop Facebook & Twitter networks,
- Write an online call for artists,
- build a small team that is ready to go at short notice,
- put together a box of projects via Facebook twitter etc,
- ensure artists involved have public liability insurance.
- Identify shabby looking buildings offering to do them up.
- Find sources of sponsorship.
- Continue networking.
- Contact relevant people in the local authority eg ward councillors .
- Start approaching owners .
- Don’t sign licenses as individual.
- Don’t push use class considerations under the local authority’s nose. +
- Assist provincial schemes – don’t parachute in the Londoners.
- Don’t make an approach without an idea of usage.
Approaching & convincing owners
- Tailor the proposals according to each owners’ profile.
- Be clear about how we add value to buildings.
- Offer easy access to valuable media attention.
- Align our use with landlords business.
- Use a licence.
- Define a minimum time period for our use.
- It can easily be part of CSR +
- Emphasise these benefits it’s not just a goodwill gesture.
- State how much we’ll save the
- We have to make money to live.
- Reality is the most important platform.
- The empty shops Toolkit is full of relevant advice.
- Plenty of professionals in the property business will be happy to help.
- 100% rate relief has been granted to an organisation that is not a charity.
- Be prepared for those few landlords who’re interested in how we’ll use a building.
- Landlords can cover the cost of buildings insurance; all other insurance is our obligation.
- To identify buildings and then approach owners, is more effective than the other way around.
- Institutional landlords are increasingly likely to understand this idea and say yes.
- Retailers locked into their occupational lease may like to mitigate their losses through us.
- Landlords need clarity to become interested.
- Local authorities often recognise that regeneration is part of culture, they’re unlikely to serve enforcement notices.
- A charitable entity does not necessarily look more honorable; reputation is more important.
- It may be difficult for PLCs to put these savings on their balance sheet.
- Other rate savings initiatives exist.
- Retail premises pay no rates for the first three months they are empty.
- Be cautious of 42 day ‘re-oc’… +
- The commercial property market is healthy in central London elsewhere it’s pretty bad.