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Places for ideas, support, networking and more for creative types

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.

TFM&A Insights

2015 won’t just be about which device we connect with our users on, but the form that messaging takes in order to stand out from the clutter.

Business in the Arts: North West

Business in the Arts: North West exists to bring business skills and experience to the arts and museums in ways that are beneficial both to business and to the arts and museums.

Creative Enterprise Network

T-Shirts and Suits is all about bringing together creative people with smart business thinking.
Free international network for creative entrepreneurs

Lancashire Creatives

Group for people involved in creative businesses, cultural organisations and creative industries support in Lancashire, England.

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.

Kin to Kin

This is a website for people working in creative businesses in Liverpool and Merseyside. Kin will provide you with opportunities to connect with other creative people, share ideas and access new contacts, news, advice and information.

Creative Choices

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

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 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.


By entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, Smarta provides a one-stop-shop where you can access the business advice you need, when you need it.

IP Guide to Digital/New Media Industries, Fashion, Film & Video and Visual Art

If you know that intellectual property (IP) is important to your business, but you're not sure where to start, then Own-it's helpful IP Guides could provide you with the background information that you need to make a start.
IP Guide to Digital/New Media Industries
IP Guide to Fashion
IP Guide to Film & Video
IP Guide to Visual Art

Creative Industries Marketing Toolkit

UK Trade & Investment - The toolkit brings together key messages, facts and figures that can underpin and reinforce your own promotional activities. The messages in the toolkit capture and celebrate the successes of the UK Creative Industries.

BBC Introducing

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


If you're a writer, authonomy is the place to show your face - and show off your work on the web. Whether you're unpublished, self-published or just getting started, all you need is a few chapters to start building your profile online, and start connecting with the authonomy community.

PHP North West

PHPNW is a community of web developers, web designers and anyone else interested in PHP, from the North West.