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The place to find the resources, inspiration & networks you need to turn your creative idea into a thriving business

  • Creative entrepreneur: | creative entrepreneur | – n.

    1. 1.
      the founder of a profit-making business whose output is the unique product of the human imagination, also known as intellectual property
    2. 2.
      a person who creates a profitable business from bringing us joy, enlightenment, beauty, a journey through the range of human emotions and other things algorithms and robots can’t do

    The big untold story

    • Britain’s creative industries are by far its fastest growing economic sector: 3 times faster than any other and accelerating
    • They are the biggest sector after banking, worth 10% of UK GDP and £80 billion per year
    • The US is their only global peer, despite being 5 times bigger and the dominant world economy

    Why don’t more people know about this? Why do we hear so much about business success and entrepreneurship in other sectors, but not in the runaway successful creative industries? And why is there so much focus on training creative people to be employees and freelancers vs. entrepreneurs?

    We didn’t get it either. So we started Creative Entrepreneurs. You might notice our logo is a start button – so let’s get going.

    What we believe

    Creative entrepreneurs are different. They’re often primarily motivated by a creative idea, not financial reward. The size of the ventures they create has a broader range, many of them smaller than in other sectors. They work differently, with less predictable business cycles and business models based on subjective factors like taste and emotional intelligence.

    Greater opportunity & freedom await them. If more people took control of the business potential of their creative ideas, they’d have more success & creative freedom than they ever dreamed.

    They are in the sweet spot of the future. Where tech is about automation – doing everything the same – creativity is about doing everything differently – it’s what algorithms can’t do.

    Unity brings strength. Good things happen when creative people and ideas collide. Bringing everyone together across the creative industries to talk about entrepreneurship to understand and learn from each other and to feel part of a greater ‘whole’ makes everyone stronger.

    The publicly supported British arts are the yin to our yang. We couldn’t do what we do without them. They’re the incubator for the talent and ideas that fuel the commercial side – besides making all of our lives better.

    What we do – this website brings you:

    1. 1.
      A simple tool collecting and organising links to all the resources you need to start and grow your creative business – so you can spend your time on that.
    2. 2.
      Real life stories of Ambassadors who’ve done it and will tell you about it – what they did right and wrong, their lucky breaks, their mentors – and the same from up and coming entrepreneurs who are still in the thick of early growth.
    3. 3.
      A window onto the thinking of leading experts in fields including investing, law, marketing and leadership.
    4. 4.
      Views from big picture thinkers on key issues in this highly dynamic area unfolding in radically changing times.
    5. 5.
      A voice in the conversation – we would love to hear from you about any Resources we’ve missed, any topics you’d like us to cover and any other ways we can improve this site.

    What we hope for

    That together we can build a big, highly engaged community who can use this site as a source of learning, inspiration, enlightenment and sharing.

    Bigger picture, for the coming of age of the creative entrepreneur: empowered, financially savvy and unstoppably successful – on their own terms.

    What people say

    • I was lucky to have the advice from a family of entrepreneurs; Creative Entrepreneurs offers all that and more.
      Anya Hindmarch
    • Offers the support to get you started at the very beginning.
      Zaha Hadid (1950-2016)
    • I wish I had this 20 years ago when I started my business.
      Thomas Heatherwick
    • Just the sort of resource I wish I had when I was starting SB.TV…delivered in a way that creative people understand.
      Jamal Edwards
    • The industry has been crying out for a platform like yours for too long.
    • Ensures more people get the support they need to combine entrepreneurship with creativity, and change the world for the better.
      Rohan Silva

    Press Coverage

    • The Evening Standard

      Britain’s got creative talent – and it can put us on top of the world

    • The Telegraph

      Creative industries are ‘driving force’ of UK economy, says David Cameron

    • The Independent

      Let Vaizey get down to business – from Shakespeare to Bowie

    • Variety

      Former Time Warner Exec Carolyn Dailey Launches Creative Entrepreneurs Initiative

    • Architectural Digest

      Zaha Hadid Can Be Your New Small Business Adviser

    • WWD Womens Wear Daily

      Anya Hindmarch, Zaha Hadid Named Ambassadors of Creative Entrepreneurs Initiative

    • The New York Times

      In Britain, New Creative-Business Website Draws Support

    • The Stage

      Creative Entrepreneurs website launched to help arts start-ups

    • Creative Entrepreneurs Press Release

      Prime Minister David Cameron backs Britain’s Creative Entrepreneurs

    • Dezeen

      Lack of recognition for entrepreneurial designers is “a huge lost opportunity”


    • Creative Entrepreneurs sounds really helpful to my business. Where do I sign up?
      As a hub for business resources and a platform for exploring the big issues facing the creative industries in the UK today, at present Creative Entrepreneurs does not require you to register or login to be a part of our community. Resources and feature stories are free to access and share, but if you’d like to stay up to date with our news, views and activities please sign up to our newsletter HERE and follow us across our social media channels: Facebook Twitter Instagram
    • I need help with my business plan/legal advice/social media/funding/pitching skills/finding a new studio – can you help?

      Creative Entrepreneurs does not provide direct business services or products.  Instead our role is to be a one-stop-shop hub bringing together in one place for the first time links to the business resources creative people need to start and grow their own businesses.  It organises links to these resources in logical order so that you have a framework to think through your startup needs.  From there, you can navigate to the external websites you’re interested in to find the direct help you need.  We also organise all the resource links by Sector, as all of the creative sectors have specialised resources for their communities.

      We hope you find this comprehensive, curated and searchable business tool helpful.

    • I think you should add a specific link/resource to your site! How can I suggest this?
    • I would like to feature Creative Entrepreneurs on my website/blog, in my magazine/newspaper. Who do I get in touch with?
      We’re keen for Creative Entrepreneurs to reach as wide an audience as possible, and would be delighted to be featured by you. Please email with details of your publication and we will be happy to provide you with further information and digital assets, as may be helpful.