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Creatives urged to focus on business skills

A popular course aimed at people setting up or running creative businesses is being held again in June. Demand is expected to be high for the programme called Focusing Creativity, which consists of two free day-long workshops and is organised by Derbyshire County Council.

The programme is aimed at people running or wanting to start creative businesses ranging from web design and visual art to advertising and music.

As well as the workshops, people signing up will also receive one-to-one mentoring from a specialist advisor.

Funding for the new Focusing Creativity programme has come from Derby and Derbyshire Economic Partnership (DDEP) which has supported previous workshops.

Experienced creative industry specialists deliver the jargon-free workshops with the aim of helping people to balance their creativity with running a successful business.

Both the sessions are being held at The Lion Hotel, Bridge Street, Belper, and people who want to attend are being asked to sign up quickly to secure a place.

The workshops are:

Tuesday 17 June - 9am to 5pm

- Focusing Creativity - This one day workshop hones down what drives people and their creative enterprise, their passion and mission. At the end of the session they will have a realistic development plan and strategy.

Tuesday 24 June - 9am to 5pm

  • - Morning session - Creative Essentials - This workshop gives people the knowledge and tools to market their creativity and develop a plan to get their message `out there'.
  • - Afternoon session - Creative Confidence - This workshop builds on people's ability to communicate the benefits of their creativity to their customers and their audience.

Each person is matched with a mentor who they will be able to contact after the workshops, helping them to link with other support schemes, advice and support.

Derbyshire County Council cabinet member for regeneration Councillor Geoff Carlile said: "We are very pleased to support Focusing Creativity and the new funding from DDEP means the programme can be offered again.

"Industry experts running the courses guide creative minds through the often difficult process of setting up a new business and helping it to thrive, and we have had some excellent feedback."

To apply for a place on the Focusing Creativity programme people should be based in Derbyshire, work in the creative industry sector, have strong commercial objectives and be either running or ready to start up a creative business.

People wanting to sign up are asked to only do so if they can attend both day-long sessions.Places are limited and people interested in applying or wanting further details should contact Janet Howett on 01246 207207 or e-mail jnthwt@ncc.kae.oetdc.ou