Business Support and Advice

Evie Godfrey

Business Support and Advice

The following organisations offer business support and career advice:

A-N – Resources and information to support professional artists.

ARTS COUNCILSupport for the arts and creative sectors.

BIPC BUSINESS SUPPORT – Free business support at Wakefield Library.

CREATIVE UK – Bespoke investments, access to funding, loans and growth mentoring.

DIGITAL BOOST – Volunteer experts to help small businesses and charities grow.

FREELANCER CLUB – A collection of resources to support freelancers.

MORRIS HARGREAVES MCINTYRE – Market insight for charity, cultural and heritage organisations of all sizes.

THE AUDIENCE AGENCY – National data for cultural organisations to increase relevance, reach & resilience.

THE DOTS – Get advice, meet collaborators, find jobs.

THE LEP – Guiding small-medium sized businesses in West Yorkshire.

WAKEFIELD FIRST – A team of specialist advisors providing free & confidential support to new and existing business across the Wakefield district.


Find the umbrella / governing body for the sector that you work in and check regularly for opportunities such as mentoring schemes, funding and courses.

Sector support suggestions:

ARTS COUNCIL – Support for the arts and creative sectors.

BRITISH COUNCIL – UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and education.

BRITISH FASHION COUNCIL – Supporting the growth and success of the British fashion industry.

BFI – Supporting British filmmakers and the screen industry.

BRITISH LIBRARY – For research, inspiration and education opportunities.

CREATIVE DIGITAL INDUSTRIES – Supporting and informing the creative and digital industry.

CULTURE HEALTH & WELLBEING ALLIANCE – National membership organisation for anyone who believes creativity and cultural engagement can transform health & wellbeing.

CREATIVE INDUSTRIES COUNCIL – A forum of government, creative businesses and other creative organisations.

CULTURAL LEARNING ALLIANCE – A backbone organisation for the arts and cultural education sector.

CREATIVE LIVES – Championing community and volunteer-led creative activity.

CREATIVE UK – Connecting, supporting and investing in creative people & business.

CULTURE FORUM NORTH – A network of partnerships between Higher Education and cultural sector across the North.

DESIGN COUNCIL – Supporting the UK Design sector.

DIGITAL CULTURE NETWORK–  Developing creative organisations’ digital skills.

GAME REPUBLIC – The largest games industry network in the North of England.

IVE – Creative education provider for both young people and adults.

LAUNCHPAD MUSIC – Supporting the music sector in Yorkshire.

NOVA – Supporting community and voluntary sector initiatives.

SCREEN YORKSHIRESupporting and developing screen industries across Yorkshire & Humber.

UKIE – The trade body for the UK games and interactive entertainment industry.

UK THEATRE – The UK’s leading theatre and performing arts membership organisation.


Creative industry unions:

ARTISTS UNION ENGLAND – A union for artists, campaigning for artists’ rights.

BECTU – A union representing workers in the media and entertainment industries.

EQUITY – A union of performers and creative practitioners.

MUSICIANS UNION – Musicians campaigning for a fairer music industry.

NATIONAL UNION OF JOURNALISTS – A voice for journalists and journalism.

WRITERS GUILD – Trade union for professional writers in TV, film, radio, books, comedy, poetry and videogames.