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Building Your Creative Business Workshops

Building Your Creative Business Workshops

Building Your Creative Business Workshops

Bolton Council has linked with Bolton Business Ventures to offer the following FREE workshops for artists and makers in Greater Manchester:-

A programme of workshops for creative businesses

Whether you are looking to start a business or someone who is interested in growing their creative business these workshops will help you on the path to SUCCESS

Workshop 1   Thursday 25th September 2014     9.30-3 p.m

Starting and Running a Creative Business

Using a specifically designed business plan, which takes account of the creative nature of your business, participants will learn the essential keystones in running your own business.

  • Business Planning  and Self Employment
  • Planning for success
  • The keystones in running a business
  • Your idea will it work?


Workshop 2 – Thursday 9th October 2014   9.30-3 p.m.

Money, Money, Money

This workshop introduces methods of pricing for both artists and craft workers and includes information about individual pieces of work, batch production and commissions.

How to apply for funding and what is available in the current climate.

  • *Pricing Artwork, Products, Commissions & Workshops
  • How to make a profit without working 24 hours a day.
  • Methods of pricing for both artists and craft workers.
  • Funding and sponsorship

Workshop 3 – Thursday 23rd October 2014

Building a Brand

Would you like to see your work in Elle Decoration, Craft and Design or International Artist?  Using case studies from successful artists and makers you will learn the secrets of success and what will work for you.

The workshop includes the use of social media, how to write a press release and the importance of networking.

  • Do you want people to know about your work and YOU.
  • Having a media presence including social media
  • The importance of networking.
  • Promoting Yourself

Workshop 4 – Thursday 6th November 2014

Selling your Work

You will find out how to identify your customers, find out where they shop and how to get your product in front of them. The workshop covers supplying the trade, craft and art fairs and selling over the internet.

You will also create a marketing plan for your business, setting targets to help you build a SUCCESSFUL business.

  • How to identify your customers,
  • Fairs, commissions and exhibitions
  • Selling over the Internet.
  • Creating a Marketing Action Plan

The workshops will be held at St. George’s Gallery, 2 St George’s Road, Bolton BL1 2DD.  There is a café on site.

Workshops will be run by Elizabeth White, an experienced business adviser with Bolton Business Ventures, author of several business books, an artist and gallery owner herself. She is passionate about helping creative people build a successful business.

Places are FREE but limited, so BOOK NOW  Call Nina or Coryn on 01204 391400 or email

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