Creative United provides a range of financial products and services designed to enable the growth and development of the UK’s cultural and creative industries.
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Creative United has been awarded a contract by the Business Growth Team at Waltham Forest Council to deliver a scale-up business support programme, Forge
Creative United is delivering a programme of business support for the Centre for Fashion Enterprise (CFE), London’s pioneering fashion business incubator.
Creative United is working with the Greater London Authority (GLA) to devise and deliver a business programme which supports people and organisations to open cultural venues within London.
Prosper was a business support and action research programme, designed and managed by Creative United, running from March 2017 to March 2018.
See the results from our research.
Own Art makes buying art easy and affordable by letting you spread the cost of your purchase over 10 months with an interest free loan.
Take it away makes musical instruments more accessible by providing interest-free loans to consumers.
Creative Industry Finance was a programme which delivered business development support and access to finance for creative industry enterprises. See the results.
The Government has announced a £3 million social investment fund to support creative and cultural organisations across the Northern Powerhouse.
Creative United has been awarded a contract to support artists, makers, designers, producers, arts organisations and music companies to create jobs and achieve their ambitions for growth.
Today we launch our evaluation report on the Prosper project that shows that we have enhanced the understanding of what works for business support provision in the creative and cultural sectors.
As the Prosper programme draws to a close, we begin reflecting on the achievements and the wrap-up celebration at Coventry University
Creative United, OHMI, Drake Music and OpenUp Music have today announced a collaboration to come together for the first time to help tackle the crisis in music education, calling on the government to help at least 25,000 families over the next 4 years and to provide musical instruments for both disabled and non-disabled children and young people across the country.
In partnership with Coventry University, Prosper has produced Business Support and the Cultural and Creative Sector in England and Scotland: A Review.
Acting on ambitious plans of programme development, 2016/17 has been our most successful year on record.
Here's a quick update on the progress of our pilot business support programme Prosper.
Our consumer credit team attended the annual Music Industry Association (MIA) gala dinner on the evening of 2 November 2017. There was plenty to celebrate.
Sarah Thirtle, our Director of Business Support Programmes, spoke to a room full of theatre organisations at UK Theatre’s Business Resilience conference on 2 November 2017.
A tender opportunity is offered by Creative United for the provision of consumer credit services for the Own Art scheme for an initial period of 24 months from 1 April 2018
In honour of National Book Lovers Day, we've compiled a list of our favourite books.
Today we are very happy to be announcing that we will be relaunching Take it away next month with a new finance partner.
We are excited to announce the 70 organisations and individuals across the arts, museums and libraries that will benefit from free business support through our Prosper programme.
Creative United is thrilled to confirm that it has been chosen to join the Arts Council England’s National Portfolio for 2018-22, within the new Sector Support Organisation (SSO) category.
Yesterday was the last day for applications for the Prosper programme. Watch this space for future updates.
We are delighted to share that we have been selected to partner with StartEast to help support the development of creative businesses in Norfolk and Suffolk.
Applications are now open for Prosper- a new, Arts Council England-funded business support programme for the arts, museums and libraries.
Creative United are thrilled to announce that Prosper, the new, Arts Council England-funded business support programme, will be open for applications on Monday 27th March 2017.
Invitation to contribute to a review of current business support provision for the cultural and creative sector.
Invitation to Tender (Competitive Procedure with Negotiation)
A tender opportunity is offered by Creative United for the provision of consumer credit services for the Take it away scheme for an initial period of 24 months from 1 August 2017
Led by two of expert business advisors who have worked on the Creative Industry Finance programme, our new lunchtime webinars will help you achieve your business goals.
We are extremely pleased to announce that Own Art is now available to use in Tate Modern’s new retail space, Tate Edit.
We’re extremely excited to announce that Creative United will provide expert business advice to 25 cultural organisations across England, as part of a new Change Creation Programme established by People Make It Work - an Organisation Development Consultancy recently awarded £479,070 from Arts Council England as part of ACE’s Building Resilience programme.
It's that time of year again: Own Art will be at this year's London Art Fair with a dedicated Own Art Stand, a guided tour of Own Art member galleries, and a talk about how to start a collection with some exciting guests.
We are delighted to announce we have been awarded a £400,000 grant from Arts Council England to devise and deliver a new business support programme called Prosper which will be launched in 2017.
Our latest report surveys the landscape for artist studios and workspaces.
We have created a survey to assess the impact of Own Art on artists, designers and craft makers.
Creative Industry Finance have launched a series of webinars and workshops specifically designed for creative businesses.
Creative United has been invited to speak at a seminar at the Wesminster Forum on Thursday 19th May 2016.
Why should employers sign up to ArtsCard? Here are three reasons why engagement in the arts is beneficial to employee wellbeing and productivity.
This month, we were at the London Art Fair 2016 launching Own Art Plus, a new addition to the Own Art scheme which enables the purchase of higher-priced contemporary art and craft.
Our new report in association ArtTactic highlights the opportunities and challenges for galleries in a rapidly changing market place.
We recently celebrated Creative United’s successes in our Annual Impact Report.
If you've got experience of running a creative business, or passionate about supporting and mentoring business development within the creative industries, we'd love to hear from you.
We’re proud to support the #BaccfortheFuture campaign, urging the Government to protect the arts by ensuring that creative subjects count equally in school accountability measures.
Our Head of Business Lending Programmes, Sarah Thirtle was recently invited by the Beijing Institute of Culture, Innovation and Communication to speak about Creative Industry Finance.
As Creative Industry Finance approaches its first year we’re proud of the progress it has already made in helping creative businesses develop and grow, contributing to create a more sustainable creative sector in the UK.
Own Art is used as a prime example to help launch Art Money, Sydney's interest free loan service for the purchase of art and craft work.
On 18 March 2015, new legislation was passed by the UK Government that is set to release thousands of small businesses from the requirement to be authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).
We are incredibly proud to have our Creative Industry Finance programme marked out as an example of good practice by the European Expert Network on Culture's recent report 'Opportunities for Creative and Cultural Sectors (CCSs) to Access Finance in the EU'
We hosted a packed event at Bl-nk Space in London on 23 September to launch Creative Industry Finance.
Take a look at the final evaluation report from our Creative Industry Finance pilot programme...
CIDA presents the 4th Annual Cr8net Conference on 1st July 2014 and we've got a ticket offer just for you...
We have a very special ticket offer for the REMIX Academy Summit just for friends of Creative United...
We have teamed up with Soho Create to offer discounted tickets for their new festival celebrating creativity.
Since we launched Own Art, 10 years ago, over 30,000 people have used the scheme to purchase more than £25 million worth of contemporary art and craft.
Creative United’s Take it Away team attended the Music Industry Associations (MIA) Awards 2013 which took place at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel last week.
As we enter the new year it's a great opportunity to look back at one of the success stories from our Creative Industry Finance programme.
Creative United's Own Art Team will be attending this years London Art Fair.