People Ops and HR: The Creative Industries

People Ops and HR: The Creative Industries

When thinking of job roles within the TV, Film and Music industries, images of glamorous actors, athletic musicians and artistic directors come to one’s mind. If you knew more about the people that make up the creative industry, then perhaps event managers, crew members, producers or even stunt doubles came to mind.

Creative
SaaS: The Key Metric Your Start-up Should Be Measuring

SaaS: The Key Metric Your Start-up Should Be Measuring

Which SaaS metrics should you be measuring and Why? Our resident SaaS expert @Chris Short shares his thoughts

Technology
Values Driven Start-Ups. How Ethics Brings Growth

Values Driven Start-Ups. How Ethics Brings Growth

n the past two decades we have seen exponential growth in the Tech start-up and scale-up space and there is one trait, regardless of industry or sector, whether in SaaS, Artificial Intelligence, Fintech, e-commerce, HealthTech, AdTech or a whole host of others, that they have in common and that is exponential headcount growth.

Business Money
Marketing Agencies with a Conscience

Marketing Agencies with a Conscience

Once upon a time, marketing agencies existed to solely sell services to business and help companies make a profit. Today, some marketing agencies have chosen to be a driving force for good, offering a wide range of services - from campaigns and social media management to digital strategies and product launches - and many are focusing on selling goods and services that are people - and planet-friendly.

Creative
2020 was not the year for giving up drinking… right?

2020 was not the year for giving up drinking… right?

Alcohol Free Beverages. 2020 was not the year for giving up drinking… right?

Food
The growth of modular housing

The growth of modular housing

The UK faces two combined crises: housing and climate change. A chronic under-investment in housing and lengthy construction processes has led to a backlog of people in living in insufficient accommodation. Property prices also mean that many young people are stuck at their parents’, with a grasp of the housing ladder firmly out of reach.

Design
AI in Biotech

AI in Biotech

One of the most pressing questions when it comes to Covid-19, from all corners, is when a vaccine might be developed. Many of us were shocked to hear that it could take a year or more – highlighting our woeful lack of knowledge on the subject. However, that timescale will almost certainly be shortened next time we (as a species!) have to deal with such a pandemic, due to burgeoning advancements in the field of Artificial Intelligence.

Science Technology
The Christmas Movies Rich List

The Christmas Movies Rich List

In the spirit of this year’s movie theme I’m back with a sequel. Which ‘Joe Pesci in Home Alone’-style crowbars a combo of Financial and Royalties information into some X-mas eve content. Ho Ho Ho.

Music
They Wish it Could be Christmas Every Day- The Xmas Royalties Rich List

They Wish it Could be Christmas Every Day- The Xmas Royalties Rich List

Have you ever wondered how much Christmas crooners rake in from their annual return to the airwaves? Wonder no longer... We compiled the Xmas royalties rich-list, complete with UK boybands, American divas and some one-hit-wonders. Enjoy!

Music
Harmonic Music: Technology vs Touts

Harmonic Music: Technology vs Touts

Touts take money from the pockets of fans and artists, whilst often denying the true supporters their chance to catch their favourite artist live. Well, technology has said - no more! Here are some solutions to the tout problem along with Ed's thoughts on which will prevail...

Music Technology
We are mass gatherings: how the music industry is surviving COVID-19

We are mass gatherings: how the music industry is surviving COVID-19

How does an industry propped up by live events survive, and even thrive, during coronavirus? Monika Hewavitarne explores the innovative ways labels, events and artists have been bringing people together digitally; keeping the unique feeling of live music in a mass gathering but without the dangers of the virus.

Hospitality Music
Engineering a Response to Covid-19

Engineering a Response to Covid-19

​The engineering sector is no stranger to change. Technological advancements can reshape processes used for decades, almost overnight. Sometimes that change comes from within, but occasionally it is thrust upon the us by external forces. This is where engineering currently finds itself. This article’s aim is to explore the ways in which engineering is adapting to the problems of Covid-19, potentially for the better.

Science
Iconic Fashion Founders

Iconic Fashion Founders

Fashion is big business. The global apparel market is growing year on year and is expected to reach an extravagant USD$1.5 trillion in 2020. But what does it take to be successful in such a competitive industry that is already bursting at the seams? Alex investigates some iconic fashion founders who have done just that...

Fashion
Coming Back Stronger: Learning Lockdown Lessons

Coming Back Stronger: Learning Lockdown Lessons

We want to talk to you a little bit about what comes next. At the moment, it seems that every article or opinion piece is either leading you down the garden path by pretending all is fine and nothing has changed, or they’re pushing a narrative of doom and despair. As with most things, we need to be setting our sights somewhere down the middle - but with an optimistic twist. Allow Olly to elaborate...

Business
Exciting Emerging Tech

Exciting Emerging Tech

As you’ll hopefully already be aware, Harmonic Finance and Harmonic Operations pride ourselves on recruiting for some of the world’s most cutting-edge technology companies. As a bit of light relief from that thing we’re all talking about (!), here’s some of our hot takes on the most exciting ‘Emerging Tech’ developments globally.

Business Technology
Volunteering During Covid-19

Volunteering During Covid-19

Many of you will be wondering what you can do to help during these unprecedented times. Where can you volunteer? Will it affect your furlough agreement? We have answer to all this and more... Read on and find out what you can do.

Business
Onboarding in Isolation

Onboarding in Isolation

During the current lockdown, virtual onboarding is a necessary evil - but one that could be embraced even after this all has passed.

Business Technology
UK food & beverage vcs: the harmonic hotlist

UK food & beverage vcs: the harmonic hotlist

Searching for Investment in your Food & Beverage business? Our very own expert, Emily Pryor has put together this absolutely must-read list of the top VCs in the field...

Food
Music & Tech: AI vs A&R

Music & Tech: AI vs A&R

What do you imagine when you hear A&R: is it someone in a leather jacket hanging around the back of a darkened room 5 nights a week? Well, that’s what it has been for the last 40+ years, really. The cut of the jacket has changed but not much else. That's all set to change with the advent of AI for A&R...

Music Technology
Harmonic Meets: James & Holy Moly Dips

Harmonic Meets: James & Holy Moly Dips

Holy Moly was founded by best friends Gaz & Tom, whilst arguing one night about who makes the best guacamole. Now stocked nationally and growing rapidly, their vision to bring good guac to the UK has been realised. This interview is between our very own Emily and James... Holy Moly's first finance hire.

Food
Music & Mental Health

Music & Mental Health

The music industry is notoriously tough and can take its toll on the mental health of those working in the field. Ed Naish took the time to explore the various options available for those struggling in the industry, including charities and organisations we've had the pleasure of supporting in the past.

Music
Music and Blockchain – Is It Finally Time?

Music and Blockchain – Is It Finally Time?

Blockchain has been touted as the answer to business-ills for many years, but never really came of age. In this article, Monika examines the possible uses for blockchain within the music industry as we ask the question - music & blockchain, is it finally time?

Music Technology
Food & Beverage: Cash Flow Problems

Food & Beverage: Cash Flow Problems

​It’s a tough old game, food and beverages. In an industry where 9 in 10 startups fail, we need all the help we can get to succeed. If you get it right, there’s a huge market out there waiting to fill your coffers – food and beverage is the single largest manufacturing sector in the UK, turning over a cool £96 billion every year. With that said, Emily explores one of the biggest problems faced by F&B businesses: cash flow.

Food
Investors love COOs and here’s why…

Investors love COOs and here’s why…

​Ask the average person on the street what a CEO is, and they’ll be able tell you. They may even know about CMOs and possibly CTOs… The position of COO is a lesser-known member of the C-suite however and yet, heading into 2020 one of the most valuable; especially in the eyes of an investor... Zach is here to tell you why.

Business
The Netflix Effect: Streaming and Finance in TV & Film

The Netflix Effect: Streaming and Finance in TV & Film

Every so often a company comes along that defines their market. It’s the reason why we call vacuum cleaners ‘Hoovers’ and why stick-based adhesives are called Pritt-sticks (a slice of primary school nostalgia for you all there). Netflix are this generation’s industry defining company... Shianne explores their effect on film and TV.

Creative Music
Where Design Meets Tech

Where Design Meets Tech

Furniture that combines digital technology has for a long time been a bit of a curiosity. If you grew up watching Star Trek, it’s the stuff of science fiction made real: tables with interactive menus built in, chairs that change their structure to suit your body shape and advertising that allows you to place items in your home using augmented reality... In this article Charlotte looks at some of the newest design gadgets in town.

Architecture Technology
UK Food & Beverage VCs: The Harmonic Hotlist

UK Food & Beverage VCs: The Harmonic Hotlist

Searching for Investment in your Food & Beverage business? You need to read this list…

Food
Nova Batida Festival: The Review

Nova Batida Festival: The Review

We took a staff trip to Lisbon to enjoy the amazing Nova Batida festival. This write up brings you the sights, sounds and flavours of the festival as it happened.

Music
Top 5 Fashion-Tech Solutions: 2019

Top 5 Fashion-Tech Solutions: 2019

Fashion and technology haven't always kept pace with each other, but that could be about to change. With advances in blockchain technology, RFID chips and more; we could be about to see a fashion tech revolution.

Fashion Technology
The CFO & CEO Relationship - What Drives Effectiveness?

The CFO & CEO Relationship - What Drives Effectiveness?

With studies showing that trust between a CFO and CEO as paramount to a good relationship, we explore what this can mean for your business and how to foster that environment.

Business
Operations Managers: The Unsung Heroes of Music

Operations Managers: The Unsung Heroes of Music

This article celebrates a group of unsung heroes. The people working hard behind the scenes to make things happen, keep things on track and generally just get stuff done: Operations Managers.

Music
The Standard Hotel: Setting a new standard

The Standard Hotel: Setting a new standard

Major US investment revitalises a brutalist eyesore in the heart of Camden - a positive sign of things to come?

Hospitality
Meet: Johnny Evans, CFO of AEI Group

Meet: Johnny Evans, CFO of AEI Group

Being a CFO is pretty cool anyway, but CFO of a group that encompasses record labels and music festivals? We had to find out more. Check out our interview with Johnny Evans - CFO of AEI group.

Music
Cloud 9: The UK's Fastest Growing Retailers

Cloud 9: The UK's Fastest Growing Retailers

With retail giants closing down around us, we examined 9 of the fastest growing UK businesses to try and work out what makes them tick...

Fashion
The Taxman Cometh: When HMRC Investigate

The Taxman Cometh: When HMRC Investigate

The dreaded brown envelope. The harbinger of the HMRC Investigation. Does a visit from the tax man have to be terrifying? We look at why they investigate, what process they follow and how you can avoid them coming in the first place…

Money

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