How can business support help a creative enterprise?

Business support can help creative and cultural companies by providing advice and guidance on areas such as business planning, cashflow forecasting, organisational strategy, pricing and value, branding and positioning and accessing funding and finance.

Business support can also help you improve your skills and confidence so you are able to make the right decisions for your business's future.

Creative United provides business support designed especially for creative and cultural enterprises, freelancers and arts and heritage organisations. We do this in partnership with funders such as Arts Council England, National Lottery Heritage Fund, local authorities, our network of business advisors and other sector support organisations.



We are currently partnering with London's Waltham Forest Borough Council and local partners to deliver a business support programme called Forge for creative and cultural SMEs in the Blackhorse Lane Creative Enterprise Zone. Find out more here.


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Funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund, Prosper North’s aims to improve the capabilities of around 80 cultural heritage organisations in the North of England– from music venues to community art groups, and independent museums to literature festivals – to increase income and impact, becoming more resilient businesses. It is aligned with the Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund (NCRF), managed by the Key Fund, which is offering social investments (mix of grant and loans) to creative and cultural organisations in the north of England who deliver positive social impacts. Creative United are delivering the programme in partnership with Bates Wells, Social Investment Business, Key Fund and our network of business advisors. Find out more here.