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Creative industries links

Creative industries links

Business Support Agencies
Arts and Business : Arts and Business helps business people support the arts and the arts inspire business people.

Business Link East Midlands : Advice and support for starting up a business, finding finance and grants, taxes, returns and payrolls, employing people, health & safety, IT and e-commerce, sales and marketing, international trade and developing your business.

Centre for Creative Business : here to inspire, educate and equip creative industry management teams, to build more scalable, profitable and sustainable businesses.

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce: information includes information about grants that are available to business.

Designer Forum : Set up by East Midlands Textile Association (EMTEX) to support fashion and design business. The programme provides business and design support to designers, freelancers, companies, undergraduate and graduates in the East Midlands fashion and textiles industries.

East Midlands Incubation Network (EMIN) : a network helping entrepreneurs and innovators develop successful new businesses.

Focusing Creativity : a FREE support programme offering a series of five jargon free workshops, specialist mentoring and grant assistance.
run throughout Derbyshire, from Glossop in the North through to Derby and Swadlincote in the south.

Peak Directions : Peak Directions contains a vast amount of information and links to services that support enterprise amongst businesses and communities within the Peak District

Princes Trust : Offers support for people between 18 and 30, including a low interest loan of up to 4,000, marketing support and specialist advice, ongoing advice from a volunteer business mentor, networking opportunities and promotional opportunities.

Business Support Advice
T-Shirts and Suits: A Guide to the Business of Creativity : Helping creative people make their enterprises and organisations even more successful.  

Government Agencies 
Arts Council England : is the national development agency for the arts in England, distributing public money from Government and the National Lottery.

EM Media : EM Media has both a strategic role in promoting the media and film industries and in supporting access, and a delivery role focusing on sustainable business growth.

NESTA Creative England Report on the Geography of Creativity in the UK

Government Departments
The Creative Economy Programme : this programme from DCMS (Government Department for Culture Media and Sport) is the first step in Governments desire to make the UK the worlds creative hub.  

Networking Opportunities
Arts in the Peak  : offer a service, run by artists for artists that distributes news of events, funding and support to its members. It also aims to ensure that rural arts based enterprises have a voice in official strategies, polices and documents.

Creative Industries Network: for Derby City and much of Derbyshire (Amber Valley, South Derbyshire, Derbyshire Dales, Erewash and High Peak). Their purpose is to provide their members with the support they need to grow their businesses. Membership is currently free.

Design Factory: offers marketing and selling opportunities, marketing grants, a business start-up guide and one to one support for designer/makers and manufacturers based in the East Midlands.

The Greenhouse: a network for the creative industries sector in Ashfield, Bassetlaw, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Mansfield, Newark & Sherwood and North East Derbyshire.  It is a free service providing access to support and to highlight to other sectors the wealth of creative services The Greenhouse areas have to offer.

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