Practical Support for Creatives

Practical Support for Creatives

Empowering Creatives like you to achieve your dreams!

Are you? 

  • Seeking to work in the Creative Industries and set up a small business or Freelance practice?
  • Working in a different industry and looking to change direction?
  • Working in Creative Industries and seeking tailored support?
  • Working in Creative Industries and ready for growth?

Creativity is unlimited, time, resource and funding are not. Getting the right support, at the right time, in the right way can make all the difference. We have pulled together a set of useful advice and resources developed by experts in business planning for creative thinkers.

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Access a range of FREE local and regional support

Xcellerator Wakefield - Wakefield Creative? Get 1-2-1 Support

Wakefield Xcellerator – Get 121 Support

Did you know you can access FREE expert support, tailored to your individual needs?

Wakefield Council Culture Grants

Wakefield Council Culture Grants

Funding for creative & heritage activities to support creative people & groups based in Wakefield district.

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

You Can Make It Here

Business and Skills Support for people living and working in West Yorkshire.



Disability access training, support and grants for creative organisations across West Yorkshire

West Yorkshire Creative Growth Programme

West Yorkshire Create Growth Programme

Develop skills to secure investment, achieve your ambitions for company growth.

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Find opportunities, funding, topical news and more

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

WYCA Music Network Tender Opportunity

Tender opportunity to deliver the new Music Network Sector Capacity Building project is now live & open to applications
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WYCreate Seeks Training Suppliers

WYCreate seeks experienced providers of sector-specific creative skills and business support.
Creative Bubbles x Start-Ups

Creative Bubbles x Start-Ups

It’s support for Creatives, delivered by Creatives. Specifically for people who are thinking about starting their own Creative Business.
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Avoid invoicing woes: the dos and don’ts for creative businesses

Invoicing isn’t exactly the most thrilling of business processes, especially when you want and need to focus on the day-to-day
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5 Tips For Networking Effectively

Networking effectively is one of the best things you can do to develop your creative career.



Discover webinars and workshops to level up your knowledge

Finance for Creatives S1 – Practical Planning

20th June 2024 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
A FREE business support programme available to Creative Professionals with a personal or business ad...

Finance for Creatives S2 – Gearing Up

27th June 2024 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
A FREE business support programme available to Creative Professionals with a personal or business ad...

Finance for Creatives S3 – Putting Your Funding Strategy into Practice

11th July 2024 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
A FREE business support programme available to Creative Professionals with a personal or business ad...

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Explore FREE resources, useful tips and toolkits



Layer up your knowledge and enhance your skills

Whether you’re a beginner or already an expert, making time for professional learning creates opportunity to upskill, reskill or expand your horizons. We’ve teamed up with Future Learn to offer FREE learning opportunities for local creative professionals. This online learning platform offers a wide range of short courses, bitesize, flexible learning delivered by top universities and specialist organisations.

Here we feature a selection of courses, to discover more go to: Browse Free Online Courses - FutureLearn

How it works – if you’re a Creative Network Member simply contact us at and tell us what short course you want to study and why. We’ll give you a voucher code which you can redeem against any short course enabling you learn at your own pace and in your own way. Not yet a member? Sign up today: Our Network - Creative Wakefield

Please note you can only use vouchers for free access to Short Courses. Expert Track, Micro credentials and Online Degrees are not included in this scheme.


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