The ‘fit for the future’ work mentioned quite a bit in this blog is now growing up and spreading its wings. Its based around sharing experiences, questioning myths and assumptions and having a go. Paul and I have been asked to see if this is approach by the National Trust is actually an asset we can use in the outside world. There are as many consultants in this field as there are clients and what does the National Trust have to offer which others don’t already and in bucketfuls.
Well we started a couple of weeks ago on a trial / pilot or call it what ever. The advice we received from a business development manager was…’stop writing business plans. go out and do it. learn and then write your business plan’ We have been working with Andrew at Pembrokeshire Coast National Park trailing our approach at a few of the authorities sites. The first one was the very special Castell Henllys in Pembrokeshire which is looking to take another step in its sustainability journey and we were there to see if we could help, add value or generally act as a sounding board and share our experiences. From this first site we certainly have something to share but we also have to test this against the mountain of work we have to do day-to-day in the National Trust.What will it take to set something like an external consultancy up, will the wider world want it, pay for it…and so on? But too early to say as we make our way in the big bad commercial world. But we are seeing a new side to the heritage sector and gaining as much as we are giving…lets see
ps this is my 200’th blog.