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David Parrish

Evie Godfrey Business Development, Mentors


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Company Overview


David Parrish is a specialist creative industries mentor, working with creative people in the UK and internationally.

He helps creative entrepreneurs to devise effective business strategies and work towards ambitious goals. He specialises in mentoring owners and senior managers of creative, digital and cultural enterprises.

His background includes direct experience of starting up, managing, and growing several enterprises in the creative and cultural industries, including international expansion. He brings this extensive business experience to his mentoring clients worldwide.

David's international experience includes working with clients in more than 50 countries worldwide.

He informs and inspires creative entrepreneurs through his online mentoring, training webinars and workshops, keynote conference speeches and publications.

He is author of the books: 'T-Shirts and Suits: A Guide to the Business of Creativity’ and ‘Chase One Rabbit: Strategic Marketing for Business Success’. He has written other publications, numerous articles and case studies on creative entrepreneurship.

David also has academic qualifications and professional accreditations. He is a member of several professional associations in business, marketing and leadership.

His online business support for creative entrepreneurs includes mentoring, workshops, toolkits, courses, webinars, eBooks and free resources.


Areas of Specialism for Mentoring


My areas of expertise include: Business growth, Business strategy, Business planning, Business design, Strategic marketing.


David Parrish, Independent Business Consultant


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I have more than 25 years of experience of mentoring, advising and supporting businesses in the creative, digital and cultural industries.

Through mentoring sessions, training workshop and other projects I have helped hundreds of creative entrepreneurs to achieve greater success.

I was the lead consultant of the highly successful ‘Creative Growth Initiative’ project in Liverpool which created more than 200 jobs in the creative sector.

I have been involved in numerous projects as a mentor and trainer, working in partnership with a large number of creative industries support organisations in the UK and worldwide.

I am the author of the books: 'T-Shirts and Suits: A Guide to the Business of Creativity’ and ‘Chase One Rabbit: Strategic Marketing for Business Success’. I have written other publications, numerous articles, and produced video-based courses and toolkits on creative entrepreneurship.

As well as direct experience as a creative entrepreneur, I have a range of academic qualifications and professional accreditations. I am a member of several professional associations in business, marketing and leadership.

“As a mentor on the Advance programme, it’s a real pleasure to share my extensive experience of business with creative entrepreneurs. I bring my own direct experience of setting up and growing creative enterprises, plus my international experience, to help creative businesses become even more successful.”