Universities encouraged to make financial information more visible to students

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) is asking universities and colleges in England to present information about their income and expenditure in a way that is transparent and accessible to students and to the general public. This draws on research undertaken for HEFCE by Sockmonkey Consulting and the National Union of Students (NUS). Continue reading

Sockmonkey supports local charities

It is my firm view that companies should operate ethically and that they should seek to make a positive contribution to the communities in which they operate. Running my own consultancy practice gives me the opportunity to put these convictions into action. One way in which I do this is through my commitment to donate 10% of the company’s pre-tax profits to support local charities. Continue reading

Desirability, feasibility and capability

Like much of the public and not-for-profit sectors, several of my clients are currently faced with the difficult choice of which worthy projects and activities are to benefit from their financial support. And as the amount of money available goes down, the decisions get harder. In such cases, it’s vital to have a robust and defensible way of determining which ideas we support and which we have, regrettably, to let slide. Continue reading

Is it time to say goodbye to the annual planning cycle?

As we make our way steadily into the new year, most of us will have an idea of what we would have like to have achieved by the time Christmas comes around again. It seems like we have all the time in the world. Yet as the year progresses, our grand plans so often get lost in the mass of other ‘stuff’ that accumulates as the months progress. This annual cycle of planning and doing might have worked well when we were all farmers, tied to the rhythm of the seasons. But is it still the best way to get things done? Continue reading

Wishing you a very happy new year

As we make a start on the new year, I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all of my past, present and future clients, their loved ones and everyone else, too, health, happiness and all good things for 2014. May all your troubles be small ones. Here’s looking forward to a great year.

Simon Perks
Director, Sockmonkey Consulting