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Design Council

The Design Council champions great design. Their mission is to champion this standard of design. As the UK Government’s advisor on design, they set the benchmark for promoting design nationwide. Their research and campaigns aim to show just how much intelligent, creative design can achieve.

Arts Council England

Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people's lives.

Crafts Council

The Crafts Council's goal is to make the UK the best place to make, see, collect and learn about contemporary craft.

Creative England

Creative England invest in talented people and their creative ideas, nurturing diverse games, TV, film and digital media industries. From direct investment and soft loans to business mentoring; they champion the best ideas of talented people and their businesses.

Intellectual Property Office

The official government body responsible for intellectual property (IP) rights including patents, designs, trade marks and copyright. IPO is an executive agency, sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills.

The Royal Institute of British Architects

The Royal Institute of British Architects champions better buildings, communities and the environment through architecture and our members. With government, we work to improve the design quality of public buildings, new homes and new communities.

T-shirts & Suits Creative Enterprise

T-Shirts and Suits is all about bringing together creative people with smart business thinking. Download this free guide to the business of creativity.

Creative Boom

Creative Boom is an online magazine and network community that aims to celebrate, inspire and support the creative industries throughout the UK. There is a dedicated NW section too.

Creative Choices

Creative Choices is the first online service to provide the tools, knowledge and networks to support every individual and business who wants to get into, and get on in, the creative industries and cultural sector. 'The Creative Business' is a new resource in 12 modules for creative entrepreneurs.

Hire an Illustrator

Hire an illustrator is not an agency. Hai is portfolio website and promotional service. We contact art directors, publishers and illustration commissioners and put them in direct contact with the illustrators and agencies we represent... and we don't take commissions on any of the jobs we produce

NESTA Creative Enterprise Toolkit

Enterprise Toolkit to help creative individuals take their bright ideas and turn them into successful businesses. The toolkit provides guidance, activities, downloadable worksheets and case studies to challenge individuals to draw on their creative and personal strengths.

Creative Industries

The Creative Industries website is a product of the Creative Industries Council, a joint forum between the creative industries and government. It features statistics, case studies, video interviews, news and opinion pieces illustrating how the UK is a global leader in the creative industries.

BBC Introducing

BBC Introducing, support unsigned, undiscovered and under the radar musicians.

Shopify

Shopify allows people who lack website coding skills to build their own shop, for web, mobile and even social channels.

Etsy

Etsy is an e-commerce website and online market place. The focus is on hand crafted or vintage items and supplies, as well as unique factory-manufactured items.

The Dots

An online professional network for the people and teams that don’t wear suits to work. The Dots connect, support and champion the people, teams and brands that make ideas happen. The platform enables sharing, networking, collaborating and job search opportunities.

Eventbrite

Eventbrite is an oneline event platform which brings people together through live experiences. Discover events that match your creative passions, or set up your own creative events with online ticketing tools.

Meetup

Meetup is a service used to organise online groups that host in-person events for people with similar interests.

Creative Industries Federation

The Creative Industries Federation is a national organisation for all the UK's creative industries, cultural education and arts. It advocates for the sector, aiming to ensure that the creative industries are central to political, economic and social decision-making. Their website is a useful source of research, policy and related information.

Information Commissioner's Office (ICO)

The UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals. Important information and guidelines on GDPR and data protection, especially for when gathering and storing data online.

Why Pay

Free conferencing calls using your mobile or landline allowance for 03 calls.

Zoom Conference

Zoom's free plan allows you to host up to 100 participants for meetings of up to 40 minutes in duration, with unlimited one-to-one meetings.

Arts Professional

Art Professional is an online resource which creates and curates the most relevant content for those with a professional interest in the arts sector. They provide access to news, information, job listings, events and professional development opportunities

Creative Directory

Profiles of our creatives businesses

Bowland Atelier

Fine art studio, teaching drawing and painting from life

Cotton Court

Business Center

Odin Events

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