Setting up business and studio

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Artists Newsletter
www.a-n.co.uk/knowledge_bank
Magazine and website with lots of useful information on running a creative business. Also provide insurance for designers.
Arts Council
www.artscouncil.org.uk
Funding, information etc
Business Link
www.businesslink.gov.uk
Government website with business assistance for small businesses. Detailed Information about self employment, registering as a company, tax and employing people, sales and marketing (ref: guardian money 02.07.11)
Cockpit
www.cockpitarts.com/studios-support
cockpitarts.wordpress.com
www.makingit.cockpitarts.com/
Applied Arts Studios. Also offer wide range of business support for non-studio members. They also have a ‘Making it’ section which gives excellent advice on press, marketing,  copyright, finances, business plans etc
Craft Central
www.craftcentral.org.uk
Applied Arts Studios and membership network. Also offer wide range of business support for non-studio members.
Crafts Council
www.craftscouncil.org.uk/craft-directory
Government body offering range of services for applied arts including:
Business training opportunities, exhibition opportunities, database of makers etc etc
Also publishes bi-monthly Crafts magazine
Crafted
www.crafteduk.org
Selective programme of business mentoring for Crafts businesses
Design Gap
www.designgap.co.uk
Membership organisation. Offers members directory and group stands at various trade shows.
Design Nation
www.designnation.co.uk
Membership organisation. Offers members directory and group stands at various trade shows.
Department for Business Innovation and Skills
www.bis.gov.uk
Do grants for oversea trade fair stands
Federation of Small Businesses
www.fsb.org.uk
Membership organisation for small businesses.
Guardian newspaper
www.guardian.co.uk/money/2011/jul/01/self-employment-business-structures?INTCMP=SRCH
Website article offering information on self-employment
Hidden Art
www.hiddenart.com
Membership network for designers. Offer wide range of business support, e-shop, and group stands at various trade shows.
Grant Finder
www.cvsfife.org/funding/grantfinder.htm
Website with details of different grants and funding bodies. Replaced ‘Funderfinder’
I send you this
www.isendyouthis.com
Website with details of opportunities and listings for the arts
Makerversity
www.makerversity.co.uk/
Makerversity is a work space for start-up making and manufacturing businesses, and applied learning opportunities. They provide access to a range of fabrication and prototyping tools, spaces, event and learning facilities. They exist to support emerging practice, learning and employability opportunities for young people and kick-start the Third Industrial Revolution in the heart of London. (text makerversity website)
The Princes Trust
www.princes-trust.org.uk
Support business startups. Age limit
The Textile Institute
www.texi.org
Links to suppliers
The UK Fashion and Textile Association
www.ukft.org
UK organisation for textile & fashion designers. Also links to commission weaving mills, suppliers
401 ½ Workshops/Studios
www.401studios.org
Studios and workshops

 

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