Building a Creative Business

‘Building a Creative Business’ is a 2 day workshop run by Northern Film & Media in conjunction with Transmit Consulting and the Government’s Start-Up Loans.

The workshop is aimed at people who are considering setting up a business within the creative sector, or have done so within the last year or so.

You may be a budding film-maker, script writer, animator, artist, author, photographer or designer and are wondering how you can turn your creative passion into cash!

During the 2 days we will be covering all aspects of getting set up, surviving the first year (always the most difficult time!) and then going on to expand. A detailed schedule can be downloaded below, but topics covered will include:

• Starting up• Business planning• Sales and marketing• Business survival• Finance• Digital sales and marketing• Start-Up Loans

We will be joined by two CEOs from creative sector who will each deliver a section of one of the days sharing their first-hand experience of running successful companies.

The sessions will be friendly and interactive, so you can ask as many questions as you like, and they will provide a great opportunity to chat to other like-minded people (business isn’t about what you know but who you know!). A maximum of 15 places are available on this course, allowing you to receive close attention from the tutors.

There will be time in both sessions to discuss how to access finance for your business with emphasis on the Government’s new Start-Up Loans programme, delivered nationally by Transmit Start-Ups. Please note that Start-Up Loans are only available to people ages 18-30, living in England, with a business that is less than 1 year old. (See PDF below for more information.)

When: Thursday 06 and Fri 07 June, 10am – 5pm

Where: BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (Level 3 meeting room), Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, NE8 3BA.

Who is eligible?

The number of places available for this course is strictly limited and we expect demand to exceed supply. If you meet the following criteria you may register now:

(A)  You currently work in the creative sector (this can be as an employee OR a sole trader OR an HMRC-registered freelancer). You do not need to show that this work is currently generating income, but you may not simultaneously be earning a living by working full-time outside the creative sector.

(B)  You are planning to set up a limited company (Ltd) or community interest company (CIC) within the creative sector, or have done so within the last year.

(C)  You are aged 18-30 years old.

(D) You are resident in the North East of England.

You are still encouraged to express your interest in the workshop even if you do not meet all of these criteria. Please do so by email to Rupert Lee at Northern Film & Media ( If places remain available closer to the date of the workshop you will be informed and allowed to register.

Who is NOT eligible? 

Unfortunately this course is not open to those who will be in full time education when the course runs. Only one person per currently existing company may apply.

If you wish to discuss your eligibility to attend please contact Rupert Lee at Northern Film & Media by email ( or on 0191 440 4561. 

Cost: Thanks to the support of our funders the fee for this course is only £10 (this will cover teas and coffees and is inclusive of booking fee). An additional refundable £30 attendance deposit is payable on registration, making the upfront cost for the two days £40. The attendance deposit will be re-credited to you on completion of the full two days.

To book your place please click here.


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