Museum seeking Freelance Business Planning Consultant

Tiverton Museum has secured a Heritage Lottery Fund Resilient Heritage grant, for a project ‘Attracting Audiences; Securing our Future’. The project includes essential work strengthening the museum to secure its future.

The project includes several strands of work, including a new business plan and building master plan (this tender), which will be followed by a governance and staff review, the creation of a new audience development plan and then finishing with a new branding and marketing plan for the museum. For information the draft tenders for these other areas of work are available by clicking on the links in this paragraph (and will be advertised later in 2018).

The business plan tender includes undertaking: 

  • A strategic review of Tiverton Museum identifying opportunities for cost saving, to increase income by recommending new approaches to fundraising, trading and other income generating activities, and alternative income streams.
  • To identify current risks and how these can be mitigated to provide economic sustainability for the museum.
  • Review the use of the building through the creation of a building master plan. The plan should include feasibility study for transforming the way the building is used. To include an examination of kerb appeal and potential for letting, retail and catering opportunities, and to consider ways in which the site can enable us to both serve our audiences better, and support the museum's financial resilience. 

Fee: £23,000 including VAT and all expenses including travel (breakdown to £8,000 for business plan review and £15,000 for building master plan to RIBA work stage 1).

The full tender brief and information on the application process can be found here.

Closing date for applications is end of the working day 5/2/2018. Interviews will take place in the week 19/2/2018 – 23/2/2018. The work should ideally begin by 5/3/2018. The building master plan and business plan should be presented to the museum by 4/5/2018.

Please email applications to Pippa Griffith, Director at For an informal chat please contact Pippa on 01884 2566295.


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