Support Organisations

Agencies, organisations and sector bodies.

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Local and national organisations, institutions, agencies, professional and sector bodies providing information and access to opportunities for your creative business.

East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber provides business support services into the wider business community, with specific emphasis on gaining new markets, increasing sales and reducing costs.

North & West Lancashire Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber provides business support services into the wider business community, with specific emphasis on gaining new markets, increasing sales and reducing costs.

Boost Business Lancashire

Boost is Lancashire's Business Growth Hub. They provide funded growth support programmes and help businesses to navigate the best private and public sector business support available.

CultureHive

CultureHive is a new, free resource to help you discover and share best practice in cultural marketing. Featuring key case studies, toolkits, research, articles and more, we have the tools you need to promote art and culture.

Enterprise4All

Enterprise4All specialises in maximising engagement in enterprise, education and employment. They are a not-for-profit company offering a range of consultancy services. They also deliver publicly funded programmes that assist new and established businesses and help to build more dynamic, cohesive communities.

Propeller Hub - UCLan

Propeller offer a complete enterprise support programme providing skills, training, mentoring, workspace and networking to the students, graduates and staff of UCLan. They can help you develop the skills and knowledge needed to start your own business and be more enterprising through interactive workshops, events and activities.

Selnet

Selnet is the lead body in Lancashire for social enterprise and through its membership is able to bring together a wide range of businesses working for the social good to network, form consortia and inter-trade. Selnet delivers a host of business support programmes specifically designed to meet the needs of social enterprises to help them develop and grow.

Enterprise Lancashire Orvia

We provide consistent, quality, independent help and support to both individuals and new businesses across the whole of Lancashire. We are a focal point for small businesses and are committed to providing a valuable, customer focused service relating to starting your own business and growth mentoring.

Winning Pitch

Winning Pitch is a specialist provider of high growth coaching services. They are a research led business with a passion for supporting ambitious entrepreneurs to realise their full potential and achieve levels of growth way above the norm.

Digital Lancashire

A not-for-profit community interest company dedicated to accelerating the digital economy in Lancashire. Digital Lancashire aims to give the digital sector in Lancashire a bigger voice, and to help create, deliver and provide more valuable resources such as talent, buildings, infrastructure, training and more.

Design Council

Design Council’s purpose is to make life better by design. They are an independent charity and the government’s advisor on design. Design Council works across the built environment, business and public services – providing design support services and training; delivering partner-funded programmes and running campaigns to raise awareness about the value of design.

Crafts Council

Crafts Council Collective is a programme of CPD provision for makers as well as research, innovation and policy-influencing body. It comprises several programmes of support for makers, including curated exhibitions and events, and professional and business development.

Arts Council England

The Arts Council champion, develop and invest in artistic and cultural experiences to enrich and impact people's lives. They invest public money to support activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections.

D&AD

D&AD stimulates and celebrates creative excellence in commercial creativity, annually inviting 250 of the world’s greatest creative practitioners to judge the year’s finest work. It’s more than an award. D&AD gives back to the creative industry to make it fairer, more open and more accessible, no matter who you are or where you’re from.

The Furniture Makers’ Company

The Furniture Makers’ Company is the British furnishing industry’s charity, which fosters and supports the industry by nurturing skills and expertise, helping those in need, and championing excellence. They support students and young professionals with training and mentoring in order to foster talent and safeguard the future of the industry. They provide support and assistance to those who are working in the UK furnishing industry.

DBA

The Design Business Association (DBA) was set up by the design industry for the design industry. They champion effective design and support your business to be more effective. The DBA's membership community comprises design consultancies and design-driven businesses, together shaping the future of design in business. Their membership offers exclusive access to a wealth of services and programmes.

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.

RIBA

The Royal Institute of British Architects, its members and its practices are the collective voice of architecture. They have membership and support offerings to suit professional architects, representatives of architectural practices, students of architecture, and those working in related industries.

Intellectual Property Office (IPO)

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is the official UK government body responsible for intellectual property (IP) rights including patents, designs, trade marks and copyright. Having the right type of intellectual property protection helps you to stop people stealing or copying the names of your products or brands, your inventions, the design or look of your products, and things you write, make or produce.

Institute of Creative Enterprise

The Institute for Creative Enterprise (ICE) is Edge Hill University’s practice-led and theoretically grounded interdisciplinary research forum which connects us with the digital and creative economy and with cultural institutions.

ScreenSkills

ScreenSkills invests in the skills required for UK's screen industries, such as animation, film, games, VFX, immersive tech, and television, including children's TV and high-end drama.

The Audience Agency

The Audience Agency helps the cultural sector to build reach, relevance, and resilience through research and insight. Their resources include 'Audience Finder', a free national data tool that helps cultural organisations to drive audience growth.

DWP Workplace Pensions Toolkit

Help your staff to get to know their workplace pension. The DWP provides a free communications toolkit for employers. It answers questions employees may have about their workplace pension and helps to remind them about the importance of planning for their retirement.

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