Creative Business Support
Creative KTN (Knowledge Transfer Network) https://connect.innovateuk.org/web/creativektn
Creative Enterprise – business support across the West Midlands: http://creativeenterprisecoventry.wordpress.com/
Interiors & Lifestyle Futures – business support across the West Midlands: http://www.ilfutures.co.uk/
Creative Skillset – training for creative industries: www.creativeskillset.org
Creative England – funding, networking for film and tv – www.creativeengland.co.uk
Birmingham Screen Image Network http://birminghamscreenimagenetwork.wordpress.com/
Birmingham Music Network http://birminghammusicnetwork.com/
Technology Strategy Board – frequent competitions for R&D and trade missions in certain sectors, including creative industries www.innovateuk.org
ICTomorrow – funding competitions and networking for certain sectors, including creative industries www.ictomorrow.co.uk
UKTI – export opportunities for creative, media and luxury goods: http://www.ukti.gov.uk/export/sectors/creativemedia.html,http://www.ukti.gov.uk/export/sectors/retailandluxury.html
Birmingham City University JIIC – product development for high value added goods: http://www.bcu.ac.uk/biad/research/cdci/jiic
Crafts Council http://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/about-us/
QEST grants for craftsmanship http://www.qest.org.uk/
Jazz Touring scheme http://www.jazzservices.org.uk/index.php/national-touring-support-scheme
Jazz recording fund http://www.jazzservices.org.uk/index.php/jazz-services-recording-support-scheme
Creative mentors http://www.nesta.org.uk/project/creative-business-mentor-network
Angel Shares http://angelshares.com/
Creative England games lab West Midlands http://www.creativeengland.co.uk/index.php/2013/creative-england-gameslab-west-midlands-launching-soon/
Creative England’s Film Enterprise Fund http://www.creativeengland.co.uk/index.php/portfolio/film/#enterprise
General Business Support
Chamber of Commerce – start-up advice http://www.blackcountrychamber.co.uk/business-support/business-startup.html
Mentors Me http://www.mentorsme.co.uk/
SWEDA start-up advice http://www.sweda.org.uk/services/business-advice
Access to Business – start-up advice http://www.access2business.co.uk/
CWCDA – social enterprise support http://www.cwcda.co.uk/home
Enterprise Tree – general business support http://www.enterprisetree.org/
SME Fast Track – intensive business support for certain postcodes in the Black Countryhttp://businesssupport.marketingbirmingham.com/
All enquiries for business support, finding premises in Walsall, access to finance, recruitment support or any other issue around growing your business, contact Dev Thind at Walsall Council on 01922 654354 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Successful businesses are now increasingly using mentoring as a tool to become the best in the industry and the creative industries are no exception. Now Creative England and UKIE have joined forces with Nesta’s Creative Business Mentor Network (CBMN) to give creative businesses in the UK even greater access to mentoring support.
Co-funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), this partnership will be able to offer mentoring to over 90 SMEs over the coming year. The programme is also championed by The Supper Club, a network for ambitious entrepreneurs and Creative Skillset.
The partnership will use Nesta’s successful CBMN model. The Network, now in its fourth year, has successfully helped many founders drive their businesses forward. Companies who have been mentored have seen:
We know that mentoring works and we are very pleased that the government has recognised how valuable this kind of sector-specific advice can be. The combination of helping companies to develop their strategic ambitions at the same time as improving the operational aspects of the business has the potential to create a very powerful impact.
One of the big strengths of the Nesta programme is the calibre of the mentors. The programme attracts some of the UK’s top industry executives and even one hour with these experts is priceless. Our recent programmeincludes: Jimmy Mulville, CEO of Hat Trick Productions; Nick Southgate, CEO of Shed Media Group; and Peter Molyneux, CEO of 22 Cans.
Talented mentees including Jamal Edwards, founder of SB.TV and Ella Romanos, CEO of Remode are currently on the programme and benefiting from this excellent opportunity.
Finding a good mentor can be difficult and Creative England and Nesta can help with this. Creative businesses in the film, TV, games, digital media and advertising sectors with a turnover of over £250k can now register their interest online, or by emailing email@example.com, for the next programme starting in the spring.
Photo: past mentor Steve Macallister, CEO Zodiak Rights, with mentees Elliot Cranmer and Becky Dowell, ShootMedia