Finance

Business rates – the fight goes on

If you have been following the progress of appeals for business rates you may be forgiven for believing that the argument over how museums should be valued for is over. Unfortunately, as Colin Hunt…

Apply now – AIM Pilgrim Trust conservation grants

Applications are open for the latest round of AIM Pilgrim Trust Conservation grants, which support small to medium sized museums to care for their collections more effectively and efficiently and t…

Putting finance first

As we face a difficult financial environment together, it’s important finance managers and leaders are feeling supported with expertise and connected to peers from similar organisations, so we’…

Update on VAT issues and case law from Buzzacott

AIM Associate Supplier Buzzacott, recently held a webinar session at the CFG annual conference to share recent case law and VAT issues for the charity sector. This session is relevant for al…

Merchant Services 101

Although taking card payments is now paramount for all museums, industry data suggests seven out of ten of all businesses pay unnecessary Merchant Services fees. But what are Merchant Services? How…

A challenging year for business insurance

Ben Leah, Director of Hayes Parsons Insurance Brokers, reflects on the current Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) business interruption “test case” and its implications for museums in a …

Updated Retail Success Guide now available

Author of AIM’s latest Success Guide, Peter Holloway, shares top tips for successful retailing for smaller museums. …

VAT rate temporarily reduced to 5%

Back in July, the Chancellor announced a temporary reduction in the VAT rate from 20% to 5% from 15 July 2020 to 12 January 2021, for admission to attractions, holiday accommodation and sales of fo…

Meet the latest AIM Biffa Award History Makers

AIM is pleased to announce the latest round of grants awarded by the AIM Biffa Award History Makers programme. Work is already underway on these exciting new exhibitions, telling the stories of rem…

2020 – a year of change for business rates

2020: A year of constant change for Business Rates, explains Colin Hunter of Lambert Smith Hampton.  In January, the long-awaited decision of the Upper Tribunal in respect …

National Coal Mining Museum comes out of lockdown with a new permanent exhibition ‘A Light in the Darkness’

Visitors to the newly re-opened National Coal Mining Museum have been illuminated by a brand new permanent exhibiti…

£4 million Recovery and Resilience Fund to open for independent museums in Scotland

Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) is delighted to announce details of the £4 Million Recovery and Resilience fund, made available by the Scottish Government.  The fund will open to applications on…