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Flourish Mentoring

Flourish Mentoring offers participants four meetings with an established creative mentor over a period of six months, providing valuable support with your business model, processes and future plans.

Our mentors come from all corners of the creative industries including publishing, filmmaking software, product design and textiles and know what it is like to run a business in the creative industries.

Our two mentors for this round are Gilad Tiefenbrun of Linn Products and Olly Headey of FreeAgent.

Gilad is the Managing Director of Linn products. Designing world renowned music systems, Linn and has an advanced manufacturing facility in the outskirts of Glasgow. Its music label, Linn Records, was the first to distribute downloads in Studio Master 24-bit quality. Gilad has a particular interest in innovative design businesses that have the ambition to grow.

Olly Heady started working in software in 1995 and moved into the media sector in 1999 working for ABC in Sydney and Capital Radio in London before starting a software consultancy business in 2005. This experience led him to co-found FreeAgent in 2007 and on a mission to demystify accounting for small businesses. Now based in Edinburgh, FreeAgent has over 60 employees and 35,000 happy customers.

 for Flourish Mentoring by 17.00 on Friday 11 November



  • You must be a creative micro-business based in Scotland
  • Your business must have been running for at least two years and have a registered trading address in Scotland
  • You should be the founder and owner of your business
  • You should be drawing an income from your business
  • You must have the right to live and work in the UK/Scotland
  • You must be registered to pay tax in the UK/Scotland
  • You must be able to commit to four sessions with your mentor over the six-month period

Please note employees and families of Cultural Enterprise Office and employees of Creative Scotland are not eligible to apply for Flourish.

If your application is successful you’ll be asked to send us copies of the following prior to meeting with your mentor:

  • Your current passport and any relevant worker’s card or work permits (If you are a citizen of the UK or a country within the EEA or Switzerland)
  • Your current passport and documents giving you permission to live and work in the UK (If you are not a citizen of the UK or a country within the EEA or Switzerland)
  • Details of your registration with HMRC and/or Companies House and your most recent annual accounts or Self-Assessment Tax Return and UTR (Unique Taxpayer Reference) number.