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The Creative Step Maker Development Surgeries

National Festival of Making 2019

Time & Date: 10-12pm & 2-4pm, Saturday 15th June

The Creative Step: Maker Development & Business Support Surgeries

Do you have a creative business?
Do you want to take it to the next level?
Are you planning to be a creative entrepreneur?

If so, the Creative Step: Maker Development Business Support Surgeries  is for you!

Creative Lancashire are offering creatives and makers the opportunity to receive one-to-one business support and advice to develop your creative career or enterprise. Our team of specialist advisors can provide practical and valuable advice in a number of areas, including; launching your creative career or business, responding to calls, commissions, marketing, finance and protecting your ideas with David Parrish (T-shirts & Suits), Intellectual Property Office, Digital Lancashire and others.

The range of specialist creative business support available from our advisors will include:

  • Launching your creative career or business
  • Responding to calls, commissions
  • Completing applications for exhibitions and shows
  • Applying for grants and funding
  • How to best use web and social media for marketing
  • Producing great images for web and marketing
  • Routes to market & how to find your audience
  • Access to finance
  • Intellectual Property advice
  • Product development & prototyping of new ideas

In collaboration with the Creative Lancashire the Creative Step.


To apply for one of the limited surgery slots and to help us gain a better understanding of your current activity and business support needs, please download, complete and return the bellow application form to:

Download 'surgery_application_form_nfm19.doc'


Jonathan Ball
Jonathan Ball (Designmine & Design Associate, V&A Dundee) operates as an independent design strategist working with a wide range of both public and private sector. As an instructor with LUMA-Institute, the Pittsburgh-based, design education and innovation organisation he develops strategies for clients across the world including Honeywell, DBS (Singapore), Prudential and McDonald’s.

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. David is author of the highly-acclaimed books including '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. 

Heather Fox
Heather Fox established Hopeful & Glorious as a platform for high quality makiers to show and sell. Based in Lancashire, Hopeful & Glorious love to work with talented makers, interesting venues and great organisations to produce colourful events to exhibit and sell craft, design and art. Thefairs and markets provide opportunities for visitors to meet the makers, hear about the techniques and inspirations and see a brilliant range of art, craft and design with artists specially selected for each event. Heather curates and presents the National Fesival of Making - Makers Market.

Jak Speddding
Jak Spedding is the founder of Jak Spedding Photography Limited, a Blackburn-based commercial photography company specialising in interiors and architecture photography. In the past two years, 30-year-old Jak has worked with a host of high profile clients, as well as supporting local startups and charities. Jak is the filmmaker behind Meet The Maker, a series of videos shining a spotlight on some of the brightest stars in Lancashire's creative industries.

Digital Lancashire
Digital Lancashire help organisations thrive and grow by providing the support, benefits and opportunities to fulfil your potential. By joining Digital Lancashire you’re joining fellow professionals to give our sector and the county a bigger voice and help create, deliver and provide more valuable resources – talent, buildings, infrastructure, training and more – to work with for your benefit.

Intellectual Property Office (IPO)
Do you think about your intellectual property (IP)? Do you understand whether you should protect your. Having the right type of IP 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 the things you write, make or produce. A company’s IP is often their most important asset. If used well, IP can offer a solid platform for any business to grow. So how you plan, manage and protect your ideas should be a crucial feature in your business planning and yet IP is often not considered and under-protected!

Emma Richards (IPO)
Emma has worked for the IPO for 20 years after studying Business and Marketing in the University of Wales in Cardiff. She is experienced in delivering and advising on all aspects of Intellectual Property. She has worked in the Business Outreach Team for the past 12 years and travels the UK giving advice to SME’s and individuals who want help with their IP strategy.

Nicholas Chard (IPO)
Nicholas has worked for the IPO for 5 years. He has worked in various departments of the Office and is experienced in delivering and advising on all aspects of Intellectual Property. He is relatively new to the Outreach team and is excited to start traveling the UK delivering the IP message to SME’s, Stakeholders and promoting our online tools. 

Transmit Sart-Ups
With anestablished track record and expertise in creaive business support, Transmit Start-Ups is a national delivery partner of the Start Up Loans Company, a government-backed scheme to encourage new entrepreneurs. Transmit also provide free business planning support and post-loan mentoring.

Full line-up of speakers tbc

About Creative Step
The Creative Step is a hands-on, interactive programme where you work directly on aspects of your business. It has been developed specifically to support creative businesses and ensure they are resilient for the future. Through a deep understanding of the needs of creative entrepreneurs, the programme has been carefully structured to support you and your business, whether you are starting up or are planning for your next stage. It builds on leading tools and techniques that support creative businesses globally, including aspects of the Creative Enterprise Programme run by Nesta and the British Council. Read more


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