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Experienced Norfolk arts duo set up cultural consultancy

PUBLISHED: 15:35 23 March 2018 | UPDATED: 15:35 23 March 2018

Nicky Stainton and Mari Martin have set up consultancy Martin & Stainton. Picture: Martin & Stainton

Nicky Stainton and Mari Martin have set up consultancy Martin & Stainton. Picture: Martin & Stainton

Martin & Stainton

Two Norfolk professionals have joined forces to create a new consultancy for the creative and cultural sector.

Martin & Stainton has been set up by Mari Martin, former head of arts at Norfolk County Council and Nicky Stainton, former chief executive of Creative Arts East. Ms Martin, who has worked in the public cultural sector for 25 years, said: “Many commercial businesses are struggling to adapt to changing markets, leisure habits as well as communication media, and arts and cultural organisations suffer the same pressures.”

Ms Stainton said: “The years of austerity have led to a reduction in public grants available for not-for-profit organisations, and there is huge pressure on the private trusts that still give grants to the arts, so organisations need to be very clear and persuasive in the way they approach these bodies. Finding ways to be sustainable in the long term is absolutely crucial.”

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