Forward and Business Planning

Business Planning for Lochore Meadows Country Park, commissioned by Fife Coast and Countryside Trust.
Fife Coast and Countryside Trust was undertaking the management role at Lochore Meadows Country Park on a pilot basis, before potentially assuming this role on a permanent basis.  We worked with FCCT and Arc Architects to explore the development of a new park centre and also to consider business planning in general, including identifying new income streams and considering ways of reducing expenditure.

Development of a Business Plan for The Murray Studios, commissioned by The Murray Library Trust.
A key part of the Anstruther Townscape Heritage Initiative was the re-development of The Murray Library as budget holiday accommodation and business accommodation for the creative sector – The Murray Studios. We worked closely with The Murray Library Trustees to explore demand for The Murray Studios and considered a range of management and rental scenarios for this business space which is now operational.  We also assisted Murray Library Trustees with the process to secure an operator for the budget holiday accommodation.

Developing a Funding Strategy for Dunfermline Museum and Art Gallery, commissioned by Fife Council.
Fife Council was developing an HLF Stage 2 application for a proposed new museum and art gallery in Dunfermline.  Whilst most funding had been identified, there was still a small funding gap. We assisted Fife Council by exploring and identifying other potential sources of funds such as sponsorship, public appeal, and relevant trusts.  We considered comparators, suggested how fundraising activity might be pursued and managed and how much might be raised from the various sources.  The Stage 2 HLF application has been successful. 

Developing a Business Plan for The Scottish World, commissioned by Scottish Resources Group.
In 2003 Scottish Coal commissioned the renowned land artist Charles Jencks to develop an imaginative restoration design for its St Ninians surface coal mine, near Kelty. This was as an alternative to the more traditional approach of returning surface mining sites to farming and/or forestry. The resulting project sought to create a striking, sculpted landscape, celebrating the influence the Scots have had on communities and cultures on every continent. Provisionally called The Fife Earth Project, and renamed “The Scottish World”, the project was designed to be an innovative public green space crossing the boundaries of outdoor recreation, culture and heritage, hence having broad market appeal for residents of and visitors to Fife. We explored business and operating models and undertook business planning.  The Glamis Consultancy explored demand, markets and marketing activity.  Potential funding sources were investigated and we developed funding applications to Creative Scotland, Event Scotland and Central Scotland Green Network.  With the liquidation of Scottish Coal, the future of this project is uncertain. 

Business Planning for The Platform, Burntisland, commissioned by Fife Historic Buildings Trust.
FHBT had assembled a funding package to enable it to re-develop the old platform building at Burntisland station into business units for the creative sector.  Campbell Macrae Associates assisted by developing and producing a business plan which considered demand, rental levels, management models and recommended a sustainable operating framework.  This project has been completed.

Feasibility Study for a New Pentland Hills Regional Park Visitor Centre and HQ, commissioned by City of Edinburgh Council.
Campbell Macrae Associates worked with Talk Associates to examine potential markets and to make recommendations about the shape and viability of a proposed new visitor centre and HQ. The study also considered competitors and comparators, and consultation was undertaken with potential partners and funders.  We worked in tandem with the project architects but unfortunately it proved challenging to secure the funding required to implement this project.

Review of Operations of and Forward Planning for the Eilean Ban Trust, commissioned by Eilean Ban Trust.
This small voluntary trust is based in Skye and operates a modest visitor centre and tours to the island of Eilean Ban, famous for its association with Gavin Maxwell, as well as being a staging point of the Skye Bridge. The Trust has been operating for several years but, in an effort to move towards self sustainability, undertook this exercise with a view to refreshing its product and refining its operations.  We worked with Griff Boyle Design Management Ltd on this assignment.