Do what you love! Starting Your Creative Business

A Start-up 3 Day Experience for Creatives that will help bring your ideas to life!

Do ever wish you could earn a living from your creative talents?  Are you in full time work and have ambitions to work for yourself?  Have you been itching to turn a creative business idea into reality?  Wondering how to take the next step in your freelance career?

We’ve teamed up with Start and Grow Enterprise to bring you a bespoke course to help you develop your creative career.  (Details about a free introductory Creative Career Info Workshop on 12th September is below)

When is the course?

The course runs over three Saturdays from 10am-2pm on:

Saturday 29th September, Saturday 6th and Saturday 13th October

What will I do during the course?

Day 1: Create your Brand Story – putting the spirit of who you are (and what you do) into words that form the heart and soul of your brand, its content and promotional messages.

Day 2: Business Model You – reinvent yourself and your career using a visual one-page tool to explore new ways your skills can be adapted to the changing needs of the creative industries to reveal new, more satisfying, career and life possibilities.

Day 3: Action is the foundational key to all success – develop an effective action plan to take your ideas to the next level.

You’ll have the opportunity to meet and work with like-minded creative entrepreneurs, and by the end of the event you’ll have developed clear next steps for taking your ideas forward. 

Who is delivering the course?

This Start-up 3 Day Experience is run by Julie Ellison MBA, Director of Make It Studios – Stroud’s newest shared workspace. You’ll also benefit from a range of guest speakers from the creative industries.

You will also hear from Rachel Savage from Brand New Story, who harnesses the power of storytelling to help people create brands and stories that speak from the heart, stand head and shoulders above the competition and know their purpose. Using some of Hollywood’s not-so-secret scriptwriting tools, Rachel’s flagship two-day workshop is called Create Your Story.

Where is it held?

This course is taking place in the Sabrina 5 – one of the largest boat venues in the National Waterways Museum‘s collection, and part of the National Historic Fleet. The dry boat is located at the Museum in Gloucester Quays.

Please note the Sabrina 5 has disability access but please let us know of any other access requirements beforehand.

Where do I sign up?

Contact James to express your interest in the course.  He will answer any questions and provide further information about the course & how to sign up.  You can contact James by email at james@gloucesterculture.org.uk or by telephone on 01452 396341.

Is the course for me?

You might already be working in the arts sector and wanting to develop your ideas, or you could have a creative talent which you wish to earn a living from.

We are running a free evening workshop where you can find out more about the course & other opportunities, share your ideas and ask questions.  There will be cake and other like-minded creatives there too!

The workshop is on Wednesday 12th September, 6-7:30pm.  If you are interested, please email James at james@gloucesterculture.org.uk


This course is funded by Start and Grow Enterprise, a University of Gloucestershire project part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Gloucester Culture Trust as part of the Great Place Scheme, which supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund.  Start and Grow Enterprise supports the growth of Gloucestershire-based entrepreneurs and start-ups (trading up to 3 years) through free training, events, networks and resources.

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