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Guide

Setting Up as Self Employed

A narrated introduction to a simple business structure for individuals.

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Guide

Costing and Pricing Work Guide

Tools to help you consider the value and expense of your work.

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FAQ

What are the creative industries?

Creative industries are based in creativity, skill and talent.

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Insight

Applying for Funding

10 tips for applying for funding from producer Susannah Armitage.

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Guide

SWOT Analysis Template

Situational analysis tool to detail the Strengths, Challenges / Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats to your situation.

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FAQ

Can you help with contracts?

Need some help with a contract or a legal agreement? Here's how we can help.

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Insight

Building an Online Presence

A personal perspective from artist manager Michael Lambert.

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FAQ

I'm selling digital services in the EU. Do I need to register for VAT?

Explore how changes to VAT rules might affect you selling digital services in Europe.

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Guide

How to Contact the Press and Media

The who, what, why, where and when approach to contacting the press.

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FAQ

What is crowdfunding and how can I do it?

There's some serious hype around crowdfunding for creative businesses. But can we all make a fortune off Kickstarter? Here's what it is and how it works.

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Insight

Working Digitally to Reach Audiences

A personal insight from freelance writer and producer Lesley Anne Rose.

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FAQ

Would it benefit me to be registered for VAT?

Our Industry Associate Angela Bedi explores the pros and cons of voluntary value added tax registration.

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Our Programmes

We run three business development programmes specific to different stages of the business journey.

Our Resource Library

  • Blue Book Cover Guide

    Legal Partnerships

    Philip Hannay explains why creative businesses form legal partnerships and the agreements that underpin them.

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  • Green Book Cover FAQ

    How do I find premises or studio space?

    Unsure where to look to find a suitable workspace? Here are some pointers to help your search.

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  • Orange Book Cover Insight

    5 Top Tips for Crowdfunding

    Tim Wright shares his five top tips for anyone considering running a crowdfunding campaign, and advice about choosing the right crowdfunding model.

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  • Purple Book Cover Sector Overview

    Fashion

    This page provides a general overview of the fashion sector, and highlights some of the organisations that promote and support the industry you operate in. Use them with our Support Directory to find funding, networks, information and opportunities that will help you develop your fashion company or work in fashion.

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  • Blue Book Cover Guide

    Keeping Financial Records Guide

    Recording and summarising financial activity.

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  • Green Book Cover FAQ

    Where can I get support with my tax return, expenses and record keeping?

    For those niggly tax questions – here's where you can find the answers.

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  • Orange Book Cover Insight

    Tips for Selling Through Social Media

    Being active on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram is now part of a creative business's day-to-day running. Get insights into using social media to increase your reach and sales from Cat Leaver of We Are AD and Laura Waddell of Freight Books.

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  • Purple Book Cover Sector Overview

    Craft

    This page provides a general overview of the craft sector, and highlights some of the organisations that promote and support your industry. Use them with our Support Directory to find funding, networks, market research and distribution channels to help develop your creative business.

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Our Performance and Impact Report 2014/15

Our 2014/15 review, constructed by Social Value Lab, shows that what we do works.

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