Publishing, retail and catering are Tate Enterprises’ core activities. It is a wholly owned subsidiary; all profits support Tate’s work and collection.
Work at Tate Enterprises ranges from editorial, retail and merchandising roles to operations, finance and licensing.
Tate Publishing is one of the world’s leading art publishers. A close-knit team of editors, picture researchers and production staff manages the production of around 40 books a year, from inception to publication, working closely with authors, artists, designers and printers. The Rights team oversees co-publishing and licensing activities that allow Tate Publishing material to appear in different languages and territories. It also manages press, publicity and marketing of Tate Publishing titles.
Tate’s 90-strong 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. They include the shop floor teams, senior staff and supervisors led by site management teams, all reporting into the Retail Director.
The Merchandise team develops and buys all non-book merchandise for Tate shops. The small, busy team includes a senior buyer, print developer, junior buyer and merchandise assistant, all reporting to the Head of Merchandise.
The Finance team is responsible for accounts payable and receivable and debtor collection as well as cash handling for the retail sites. The team updates systems, maintains accurate records, and produces regular reports for the Board and for audit. It includes an assistant accountant, credit controller, a three-strong processing team and three cashiers who split the duties of the two London sites. All report into the Head of Finance, who also acts as Company Secretary.
Tate Enterprises’ Operations team, led by the Operations Director, takes care of customer services, the warehousing and distribution of goods, and the Tate Online Shop. The customer services team manages all orders coming into the company, including our own shops, online and trade customers, with the support of our Tufnell Park warehouse operatives. IT is outsourced to a third party.
The Business Development team manages three separate profit centres: Tate Images, Tate Locations and Brand Licensing. All three are interesting, challenging business areas to work in, with teams striving to balance revenue generation and Tate’s reputation and remit as a public arts organisation. All roles require some basic knowledge of copyright law; the more specialist and senior roles need to also understand licensing models and trademarks.
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. Developments in digital publishing, online and mobile content make this an interesting time; a creative approach to emerging business models is required.
Tate regularly hires its interior and exterior spaces to photographers, film and TV production companies for use as a location or backdrop. The set could use Tate as part of the narrative, or generically, for instance using the iconic views of London from the Tate Modern balconies.
This area of the business brings valuable income that helps Tate continue its work. Tate branded goods have included greetings cards and calendars, paints and wallpaper sold at B&Q, and an art talks and workshop programme run on P&O cruise ships.
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