Customers and Tate products in the Shop at Tate Liverpool

© James Deavin

Tate Enterprises is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tate through which we operate our highly successful trading activities: publishing, catering and retail. Profits go to support the work of Tate.

Tate Enterprises:

  • manages and operates restaurant, café and ancillary services at Tate for the benefit of visitors to Tate’s galleries
  • publishes and sells books and merchandise associated with the collection and Tate activities.

Tate Enterprises is a direct subsidiary of the Board of Trustees and comprises two divisions: Tate Enterprises and Tate Catering. Each division is run by a Chief Executive who reports to the Board of Directors of Tate Enterprises, which comprises 10 people (including two Trustees, three external advisors, three Directors of Tate and the two CEOs of Tate Enterprises).

Tate Enterprises mission and vision

Tate Enterprises shares Tate’s mission to promote public knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of British, modern and contemporary art. Its role is to maximise profits and extend the value of the Tate brand, to support Tate’s work and collection.

Our vision

We will continue to bring the Tate brand and vision to life through books, products and services, encouraging customers to enjoy spending more money in new and different ways.Customers will see us as exciting, innovative, collaborative and responsive. Meanwhile, our people will work in an environment that is supportive, engaging and challenging – in an organisation that makes a valuable contribution to Tate’s success.

Our mission

We will make our vision reality by being:

  • Customer focused – prioritising and championing the needs of the customer
  • Open – to new ideas and perspectives; to calculated risk; encouraging exchange and collaboration
  • Interdependent – building on the strength and uniqueness that Tate brings, without losing sight of the benefits of enterprise
  • Global – connecting with the world through products and publications
  • Sustainable – looking to the long term and demonstrating operational responsibility

Our work

Catering

Tate has operated its own catering since the 1970s, providing exceptional quality and value. Tate Catering is a not-for-profit organisation. All profits at the end of the year are returned to the gallery in the form of Gift Aid – an income stream that helps us build and share the collection with more people.

Retail

The Retail team provide first-rate service to around a million customers a year at the shops in Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives.

Publishing

Established in 1911, Tate Publishing is one of the world’s leading art publishers.manages the production of art books and exhibition catalogues and works closely with authors, artists, designers and printers. The Rights team oversees co-publishing and licensing activities, as well as press, publicity and marketing of Tate Publishing titles.

Merchandise

The Merchandise team develops and buys all non-book merchandise for Tate shops. As well as bespoke products to support exhibitions, they supply art materials, jewellery, souvenirs, children’s toys, games and clothing, and artist and designer ranges. They have worked with artists including Grayson Perry, Richard Wentworth, John Baldessari, Mark Hearld and Chris Ofili, and designers including Orla Kiely, Rude, Lazy Oaf and Lisa Stickley, to create unique products for the Tate gallery shops.

Tate Images

A business-to-business image library service, Tate Images supports clients, ranging form from TV companies to academic publishers, who are interested in using images from the collection.

Locations

Tate regularly hires its interior and exterior spaces to photographers, film and TV production companies for use as a location or backdrop. 

Operations

Tate Enterprises’ Operations team is responsible for customer services, the warehousing and distribution of goods, and the Tate Online Shop.

Finance

The Finance team is responsible for accounts payable and receivable and debtor collection as well as cash handling for the retail sites.

Tate Catering goals and guiding principles

Tate Catering’s goals are:

  • To operate international-class catering facilities
  • To understand the needs of our customers, and provide a service that not only meets, but exceeds their basic expectations
  • To support the arts by operating profitable businesses and in so doing, generating as much income as possible for Tate.

To best achieve these goals Tate Catering will:

  • Give the business clear strategic direction
  • Support, nurture and develop our people at all levels through the life cycle of their employment
  • Provide guidance, advice, and administrative support to enable our people to do their job effectively
  • Implement Tate’s visitor services principles and those of the host organisation.

As we work to achieve our goals, we will embrace the following principles:

  • To provide a welcoming environment to all
  • To actively listen to our visitors
  • To be an ambassador for Tate
  • To take ownership of our visitor needs
  • To adopt a professional and positive approach to everything we do.

Working at Tate Enterprises

To get a feel for what its like to work at Tate Enterprises, and to see current vacancies, see Working at Tate: Tate Enterprises.