Network for Creative Enterprise
Entrepreneurs from creative and cultural backgrounds in Bath & North East Somerset can now apply to be a part of a new West of England network to help set up and grow successful businesses.
The Network for Creative Enterprise enables a group of creative organisations to offer tailored events, workshops and mentoring for individuals and small enterprises to make a sustainable living from their ideas. The network includes The Guild in Bath and a number of other creative organisations across the West of England.
It offers residency opportunities with free space, tailored events, workshops and mentoring for individuals and small enterprises to support their business development, and is designed to remove barriers that stop artists and creatives from exploring the business capabilities of their skills.
Charlotte Godfrey, Hub Producer for Network for Creative Enterprise (based at The Guild) said “The NfCE is a true collaboration between two creative cities and the central creative hubs within them. We are there to take away the isolation, provide expertise and give support through the crucial stages of business start-up, growth and development – wherever a creative business is along their growth journey. Our ultimate aim is to create sustainability and employment through creative and cultural practices.
The talent and entrepreneurial spirit in Bath is extraordinary and it’s a huge privilege to work with people who have so much scope to success I work with east individual resident to set out a plan that works for them, rather than them just trying to fit in with a present schedule of events and services, which is the usual approve to business support schemes. We explore the importance of soft skills such as confidence, networking and presentation skills. We also have business experts giving 1-2-1 mentoring, business planning and the opportunity to apply for bursaries to help accelerate the start-up or business growth process. We are also unique in offering free office space for the duration of time that a resident is a part of the NfCE.
Our residents are given full membership of The Guild. Again, creating a feeling of “going to work” in our co-working space can really aid motivation and help with keeping up momentum during the early stages while also offering great networking and potential collaboration. The free tea and coffee and cake Wednesdays are also a bonus!”
The project is funded by Arts Council England and the European Regional Development Fund.