We just love love entrepreneurs and we love business and we love creatives so when we saw this article about how the UK Gov is working with creative entrepreneurs we thought we should share….
The next YouTube millionaire, fashion designer or cutting-edge architect is being touted by a new website that aims to help “creative people” become entrepreneurs.
A host of celebrity businesspeople including Jamal Edwards, who has amassed some £8m from making online videos, are backing the project that has received thousands of pounds in public money to set up.
From January 20 www.creativeentrepreneurs.co will give business tips and funding advice, including a searchable grants database, to “creative types” – but only if their idea spans film, theatre, design, architecture or music.
The new website, described as a “new movement to resource and inspire the next generation of creative people” has Arts Council backing and will be unveiled by Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture & the Digital Economy, next week.
The new “user-friendly business tool” won’t provide any new funding, grants or guidance to hopeful entrepreneurs.
It will instead collate the information all in one place, using resources such as The Prince’s Trust, the website Startups.co.uk and Nesta, the Lottery-funded charity to promote new business.
Fashion designer Anya Hindmarch, whose luxury clothes and accessories business is worth an estimated £13m, will join video star Mr Edwards in promoting the new website.
Zaha Hadid, the British-Iranian architect who will design the 2020 Olympic Stadium in Tokyo and Rohan Silva, the tech entrepreneur, are also backing the project.
So far their role as “ambassadors” involves attending a glitzy launch at Number 10 Downing Street but the website’s founder hopes they will also take on an active role in helping entrepreneurs.
Carolyn Dailey, who founded creativeentrepreneurs.co after leaving her job as a managing director at Time Warner last year, said: “These people will be tweeting about us and promoting us on their websites – which is a big deal for them to do.”
They are “still finding out what [features] people using the website will find useful”, she said, but added that the “ambassadors” could be asked to mentor new entrepreneurs.
The launch at Number 10 comes as YouTube star Mr Edwards has criticised politicians for “just not getting” the lucrative social media site.
Writing for The Daily Telegraph, he said: “Politicians don’t use YouTube enough – and when they do, they’re not doing it in the right way.
“Even when they do videos it’s not stuff we want to share,” he added. “For content to be shareable it has to be funny, shocking, show out-of-this-world talent.”
And why only “creative” types? According to Ms Dailey, “creative people approach business differently.
“We believe that if they are more readily armed with relevant business tools and inspiration, many more will envision, start and grow their own ventures.”
She added: “You may have noticed that in all the talk about startups these days, it’s rarely about creative ones – even though the UK’s creative sector is a global powerhouse.”
The creative industries comprise 6pc of Britain’s economy, and is recognised as one of the UK’s fastest-growing sectors, which employs more than 2million people
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