We believe in:
- Offering exceptional value for money. (Our values mean we intentionally price ourselves at the ‘very reasonable’ end of the market.)
- Always going the extra mile.
- Never settling for ‘good enough’. Our clients deserve excellence.
- Relationship based fundraising. This means that we never push, we never hassle, and we seek in everything we do, to strengthen and improve the relationships between our clients and their donors and funders. This also means that we keep one eye on the long term (even of our contract is short term), ensuring that brilliant donor stewardship takes priority, even if that means letting a gift / donation go in the short term.
- Bringing integrity, creativity and transparency to all we do.
- Excellent professional development.
Our daily rates vary depending on the project, and the team / individual undertaking it. As a general rule we charge between £300–£600 / day.
Julie was approached by the Artist / Sculptor Leigh Dyer in 2016. Leigh and the British association of Blacksmith Artists had been awarded £10,000 by Hastings Borough Council (Arts Council Funding) as part of a small grants process around the Route 1066 festival, an arts festival to celebrate the 950th Anniversary of 1066. They had committed to installing a sculpture (‘The Landing”) of the prow of a Norman Longboat onto Hastings Beach, and to deliver this partly through a long weekend of open air forging (in a popular public space by the beach). Blacksmith Artists from across the UK would be invited to Hastings to help forge the top of the sculpture. The total cost of the project was around £50,000 and beyond the grant from Hastings Borough Council, there were no other funds raised, or pledged. We were dependant on raising funds from within Hastings, the most deprived local authority in the South East of England, and the 20th most deprived in the UK.
We achieved the full fundraising target and overshot it by £4,500. We achieved this by a combination of crowd funding, corporate fundraising and small local pots (e.g. round table, rotary clubs etc.).
A time capsule was also buried under the sculpture (which will be opened on the 1000 year anniversary of 1066), and for a small fee local people were offered the chance to leave a letter to a loved one (usually children) that will be forwarded to them in 2066.Read more...