Sustainability

Evie Godfrey

Here are some resources that you may find useful in ensuring that your business or practice is as sustainable as possible: ● ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND– Supporting cultural organisations and individuals to lead the way with approaches to climate responsibility. ● GREEN BIZ– 11 way small businesses can become more eco-friendly. ● CREATIVE GREEN TOOLS– Measure and track your impact with …

Ensuring Accessibility and Inclusivity

Evie Godfrey

Here are some resources that you may find useful in ensuring that your business or practice is as inclusive as possible: ● AGE OF CREATIVITY– Celebrating a creative later life across England. ● ALZHEIMER’S SOCIETY– Guidance to make cultural activities welcoming to people with dementia. ● AMPLIFY– Practical tools to support your work amplifying children & young people’s voice. ● …

Growing and Developing Your Team

Evie Godfrey

If you’re managing a team or considering hiring, here are some useful resources: ● CIDP – Best practice in recruitment. ● CREATIVE & CULTURAL SKILLS – A best practice guide for working with the self-employed. ● CREATIVE & CULTURAL SKILLS – Best practice recruitment guide for creative leaders. ● CREATIVE & CULTURAL SKILLS – A mangers guide to apprenticeships. ● …

Networking

Evie Godfrey

Meeting other creatives gives you the chance to learn from others and may even lead to future work or collaboration opportunities. Find networks associated to your field online or join the Creative Wakefield Network to meet other local creatives.   Other local creative networks: ● Leeds Arts University Creative Network ● Kerning the Gap: Female Graphics Collective ● The Yorkshire …

Showcasing

Evie Godfrey

Enter industry competitions and contact relevant industry magazines about showcasing your work – this can open your business up to a whole new audience. You may be able to find out about these opportunities by subscribing to newsletters and following social media accounts relevant to your industry. If you are a local business, you may want to consider entering Wakefield Business …

Collaborating

Evie Godfrey

Use our Notice Board or Directory to find other’s SMEs and Freelancers in the network to collaborate with. You can learn from each other and create something to add to your portfolio that stands out. Advice for successful collaborations: ● NCVO KNOW HOW An introduction to collaborating, including getting started. ● CREATIVE & CULTURAL SKILLS A best practice guide for …

Masterclasses

Evie Godfrey

Look out for Masterclasses in your field to build on your existing knowledge. Leading cultural institutions and arts institutions such as The Barbican, The Guildhall and The Royal Academy are good places to start. Here’s a suggestion of other places to look: ● ADVANCE– A range of creative industry masterclasses are held throughout the year. ● ARTISTS DEVELOPMENT- A webinar …

Mentoring

Evie Godfrey

It can be helpful to connect and learn from others who have had success as a freelancer or practitioner, run an established creative business in your field, or hold a more senior position at a related company.   Here are some suggestions of places that you may be able to find a mentor: ● ADVANCE– Support for creative and cultural …

Business Support and Advice

Evie Godfrey

The following organisations offer business support and career advice: ● ADVANCE – Support for creative and cultural practitioners, freelancers & SME’s in Wakefield. ● A-N – Resources and information to support professional artists. ● ARTS COUNCIL – Support for the arts and creative sectors. ● BIPC BUSINESS SUPPORT – Free business support at Wakefield Library. ● CREATIVE UK – Bespoke …

Funding and Financial Support

Andy Campbell

Applying for extra funding can help you get the tools you need to grow your business or develop your practice. Funding opportunities are often very competitive. Therefore, it is important that you learn how to effectively make your case for funding, effectively measuring and evaluating your impact. The following resources will help you to perfect your applications.   How to …