This week, we are delighted to be attending the Third Sector Business Charity Awards 2017 in recognition of our partnership with Lansons.
Since 2008, Lansons and HighTide have celebrated a year-on-year partnership that is unique. Lansons donates office space, reception services and IT support year-round to us. This means we can hold auditions, meetings and even rehearsals in the office, meaning we sometimes get the odd funny look when props and costumes are being wheeled into a meeting room!
The partnership means we can re-invest all our earned income and charitable support straight back into our work, which is so important when you are managing and fundraising for a charity. This donation of office space means that we can run a range of great schemes such as our First Commissions scheme and our HighTide Academy, which focus on developing new playwrights, as well as allowing us to develop and rehearse our HighTide premiere productions. This partnership means we can deliver these projects to the best of our ability without the added pressure of rental costs, meaning we can offer the very best quality to the emerging and talented artists we work with.
In return we offer Lansons the opportunity to engage with the cultural sector by attending our productions, readings and the HighTide Festival. It’s a relationship we are really proud of and hope that by publicising how we work, that more businesses and charities will endeavour to explore working together. In fact we were recently profiled in the Evening Standard in March as an example of a successful office sharing partnership. When you are starting something up, even a small desk in a corner is a godsend to allow a place to focus and be creative, without worrying about your monthly office rent. I’d urge any business to think about what they could offer to a creative start up, who knows, you could be housing the next Cameron Mackintosh or Tracey Emin!
We are keeping our fingers crossed for another win on Thursday to add to our win for best ‘Best Arts and Culture Programme’ at the 2014 Corporate Engagement Awards. This year we are nominated for the best ‘Business and Charity partnership (professional services)’ award, so wish us luck!