Creative Entrepreneurs website launched to help arts start-ups
A new website that helps creatives start their own businesses has been launched with the backing of the prime minister, David Cameron.
Creative Entrepreneurs is aimed at individuals working across the creative industries, from theatre, performing arts and television to design, music and fashion.
The online resource, described as a "searchable business tool", features advice on skills such as writing business plans and raising money as well as information on key organisations and networks for individual sectors.
It also includes advice on law, accounting and tax, plus contributions from industry experts and investors, in a bid to bring resources and advice together in one place.
Creative Entrepreneurs is funded by Arts Council England and will be launched tonight (January 20, 2016) at 10 Downing Street.
Ahead of the launch, Cameron described the UK as having "huge creative clout" across the globe, adding that Britain's creative industries formed the fastest-growing part of the economy.
He said: ”I want us to build on that. And that means backing the best entrepreneurship in the sector, providing a focal point for the start-up support and resources creative people need. Creative Entrepreneurs does just that – and its website is the first of its kind.
“I hope this, alongside the other measures we are taking to boost businesses, will help make one of this country’s great success stories go from strength to strength.”
Statistics published by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in 2015 claimed that employment within the creative industries in the UK was growing at more than double the rate of the UK economy as a whole.