Advance Business Support


Advance Business Support


Advance empowers creative businesses to realise their full growth potential and take their business to the next level


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Thanks to the Cultural Development Fund, Creative England has been commissioned by Wakefield District Council to deliver Advance, an exciting new opportunity for the creative sector in Wakefield and beyond.

The programme will provide bespoke business support to creative SMEs, freelancers and individuals living and working in Wakefield and the region, bringing national profile to this vibrant and creative city. The programme will offer three levels of support to creative businesses and professionals:



Advance is offering ambitious creative businesses and individuals the opportunity to work with industry leading mentors who will provide tailored support, access to networks and industry expertise.


If you’re looking to take your business to the next level, Advance is here to help. Whether you’re looking to gain industry contacts, take a new product to market or find investment we will partner you with sector specialists to help you achieve your goal.

Over six months you will receive 10 hours of mentoring designed around your business plans and aspirations. This will be delivered both in a 1:1 setting and in group sessions with your fellow mentees giving you the chance to learn from your peers, explore opportunities for collaboration and build an intimate network of support.

The first round of mentoring is open to companies/individuals working in Games and Immersive Entertainment.

Check out our mentors

Click below to find out more about each cohort.



Throughout the programme we will be coordinating opportunities for networking and group learning through workshops and events. We will also be supporting the local creative community by partnering with established festivals, conferences and events in the region.

See our list of upcoming events below. If you have an event coming up and you’d like Advance to get involved or if you require any information about the programme please contact us.

Forthcoming Events

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If you have an event coming up and you’d like Advance to get involved or if you require any information about the programme please fill in the form below.