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FIRE UP - Creative Business Marketing

The Creative Marketing workshop provides participants with powerful marketing techniques and tools so as to improve the marketing of their creative businesses immediately.

Speakers: David Parrish - T-Shirts and Suits
Time & Date: 2-5pm, Wednesday 11th October

Fired Up: Business Development Workshops for Creative Entrepreneurs

Creative Business Marketing

Time:    2-5pm
Wednesday 11 October
The Loft, Burnley Mechanics, Manchester Road, Burnley BB11 1BH

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Creative Lancashire in association with Burnley Creative Alliance present a day of CPD sessions designed and delivered by David Parrish, a specialist business adviser and trainer for creative, digital and cultural enterprises. The sessions are aimed at artists, freelancers and other creative business practitioners.

The Creative Marketing workshop provides participants with powerful marketing techniques and tools so as to improve the marketing of their creative businesses immediately.

A powerful and practical workshop on strategic marketing for businesses at all stages. The workshop explores some of the most powerful marketing techniques from David’s strategic marketing book. The workshop is designed for the needs of creative businesses in a range of creative industries subsectors.

Workshop Objectives:

By the end of the one-day workshop, participants will:

  • Understand the main concepts used in strategic marketing and operational marketing.
  • Have used the Precision Marketing model to align the 3Ms of Marketing: Market, Message and Medium.
  • Understand the importance of listening to customers and learn cost-effective ways of doing this.
  • Examine and evaluate different promotional and advertising techniques appropriate to their business.

"AMAZING! The workshop has changed the way I think about marketing, and I have lots of new ideas. Dave Parrish was brilliant."
Christopher Moss. Gecko Design Ltd.

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Also taking place on the same day

Designing Your Creative Business

The Designing Your Creative Business workshop concentrates on developing a business strategy to make the most of your creativity in relation to competitors and markets in a way that is consistent with your overall aims and values.

Workshop Objectives:

By the end of the one-day workshop, participants will have:

  • Defined business success in their own terms in relation to creativity, lifestyle, profit and values.
  • Used techniques to understand their own competitive advantage in relation to other creative businesses.
  • Examined external forces in a systematic way to identify potential opportunities for their enterprise.
  • Developed a unique business formula that brings together specific aspects of their creative potential with suitable customers.
  • Devised action plans to achieve their business objectives.

"The 'Designing Your Creative Business' workshop was very good, with lots of important information and new perspectives. David Parrish was great, with a particular sense of humour, and was very good at motivating us."

Mario Azen. Emporio de Cultura. Brazil.

David Parrish is a specialist adviser for creative businesses and works internationally as a creative industries management consultant, trainer and speaker. He has successfully designed and delivered workshops in destinations ranging from Azerbaijan, Brazil, Singapore, Spain, Thailand and Zimbabwe to name a few. The workshops draw on material from David’s books 'T-Shirts and Suits: A Guide to the Business of Creativity' and ‘Chase One Rabbit. Strategic Marketing for Business Success: 63 Tips, Techniques and Tales for Creative Entrepreneurs’

"An excellent, informative and enlightening day. The workshop was interesting, thought provoking and stimulating; it gave a lot of food for thought. David was succinct, honest, knowledgeable and entertaining."
 Illy. Director. Copperwood Media CIC

“I had much more fun than I thought possible at a finance workshop.”
Alke Groppel-Wegener. Freelance Artist.

"David was calmly considered, thoughtful, inspiring, realistic, approachable. As a result of the workshop I feel inspired, clearer about our business, our vision."
Sasha McLaren Woodcock. Nimbus Media, New Zealand

More information about workshops, plus testimonials

Workshops are highly interactive and involve participants in sharing their own experience and learning from each other as well as from the presentations and written materials.

The day is divided into two sessions tailored to the specific needs of creative and cultural enterprises. The Fired Up workshops are free to attend but pre-registration via Evenbrite is essential.

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The workshops are FREE to attend. However, pre-registration is essential via the Eventbrite Page. Please only apply for a place if you can definitely attend as places are limited.
Tea, coffee and soft drinks provided. Lunch is not included.
Attendees can bring their own lunch or enjoy the Simply Classic Burnley Mechanics Bistro, serving a range of hot and cold meals and snacks between 11 – 3pm. Many other options are also available in Burnley town centre just a minute away.

The Fire Up series is funded and supported by Arts Council England, Creative Lancashire, a-n the Artists Information Company and Burnley Leisure Trust.

If you require more information please contact Ed Matthews-Gentle:

About David Parrish
David Parrish works internationally as a specialist creative and cultural management consultant, trainer and speaker, David has a background in setting up and managing arts organisations. He has developed arts organisations using business techniques that fit with their mission and values. As managing director of Password Books Ltd, a book marketing/distribution company for small literary publishers, he expanded the company internationally. After learning from practical experience in the cultural sector, he graduated with an MBA, ‘with distinction’, from Bradford University Management Centre. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a ‘Chartered Marketer’, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. David is author of the highly-acclaimed book and eBook 'T-Shirts and Suits: A Guide to the Business of Creativity'. His approach to business development combines creative people ["T-Shirts"] with smart business thinking ["Suits"]. It has been translated and published in China, Colombia, Taiwan, Spain, Lithuania, Thailand, Chile and Ukraine. David has worked in 50+ countries and worked with the British Council world-wide, delivering workshops and presentations for cultural entrepreneurs in Azerbaijan, Belarus, Brazil. Chile, China, Georgia, Lithuania, the Philippines, Taiwan, Ukraine, Vietnam and Zimbabwe. His management consultancy clients include arts organisations, cultural enterprises and businesses in the creative and digital sector, creative industries support agencies and business development projects world-wide. As a trainer he designs and delivers interactive workshops on marketing, strategic planning, finance, business growth, leadership and management, pricing, change management and intellectual property. David also speaks about creativity and business at conferences and creative industries events world-wide.

Creative Lancashire
Creative Lancashire is a service provided by Lancashire County Council through its economic development company Lancashire County Developments Ltd (LCDL). The aim of the Creative Lancashire service is to facilitate the development and growth of the Creative and Digital sectors within the County, to promote the County's creative talent beyond its borders and to work across all growth sectors to realise their creative and economic potential. Creative Lancashire works strategically with national partners including the Creative Industries Federation, Arts Council England, Design Council, Crafts Council, NESTA and Innovate UK to name a few.

Burnley Creative Alliance
Coordinated by Burnley Leisure’s Arts Development service, Burnley Creative Alliance is an informal and inclusive network which exists to support local artists and arts organisations by offering training and networking opportunities, and providing the latest information about creative opportunities and events. 


Burnley Mechanics
Manchester Road
BB11 1BH