Entrepreneurship Council to train creative types

Two enterprise champions have teamed up to give the UK’s creative industries an unprecedented boost, in a partnership that will set 60 of the sector’s budding entrepreneurs on the road to success.

Announcing the alliance, the National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship said the scheme is the first UK-wide Flying Start programme solely for aspiring business owners in the creative industries.

Alongside the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), the Council is offering a 3-day intensive course to equip the creative entrepreneur of tomorrow.

Both groups will select no more than 60 of the industry’s emerging talents, whom they expect will benefit most from the course curriculum and workshops, including PR, intellectual property and team-building.

Experts will be on-hand to help creative types hone their ideas, perfect their pitch and polish their business plans, so students will be able to move from the “drawing board” to “production,” NCGE said.

Following the event, to be held at Manchester Metropolitan University, each budding entrepreneur will be matched with a national mentor who will provide ongoing support on a regional basis.

Lorna Collins, director of Flying Start said: “Our aim is not only to inspire these students but to help them actually move their designs off the drawing board and into production.

“This tailored Flying Start programme will help them understand the business context of their designs, provide them with commercial awareness and show them that the support is there to make running a business a truly viable career option now.”

A number of the course applicants have been selected from the Society’s awards scheme Design Directions, indicating some of the UK’s “hottest up-and-coming designers” will benefit.

Susan Hewer, Head of Design at RSA, added the 3-day course could be a “life-changing” event for many young designers.

Although the Society says all applicants have been chosen, those wanting to find out more about the scheme can download the Programme Criteria or view the Online Application Form. Design Directions will be sounding its next call for entries later this month.


3rd July 2006

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