Image from Choolips studio, 2012

Our Partners

We work with partners across the public and private sectors to deliver our programmes of work.

These include our public sector funding partners Arts Council England, Creative Scotland and The Arts Council of Northern Ireland with whom we work strategically to support the growth and development of the arts and creative industries.

Find out about who we work with below.

Funders

Arts Council England

Arts Council England is the national development agency for the arts in England. Creative United was set up with support from Arts Council England with a remit to develop finance programmes for creative businesses and cultural organisations.

http://www.artscouncil.org.uk

Big Issue Invest

Big Issue Invest is the social investment arm of The Big Issue and one of the UK’s leading providers of finance to social enterprises, charities and businesses that are socially driven and helping to tackle poverty and inequality. 

http://bigissueinvest.com/

Creative Scotland

Creative Scotland acts as a funder, advocate and development agency for Scotland's arts, screen and creative industries. We work with Creative Scotland to deliver the Own Art scheme though contemporary art galleries in Scotland.

http://www.creativescotland.com

Fredericks Foundation

Fredericks is a charity providing start up business and business growth loans to entrepreneurs who struggle to obtain traditional funding. Their aim is to provide support throughout the process, including using partner organisations and volunteers. 

http://www.fredericksfoundation.org/

Hitachi Capital

As part of the larger Hitachi Group, Hitachi Capital Consumer Finance is the UK’s leading retail point of sale credit provider, providing over one billion pounds of consumer lending each year to over 5 million UK customers.  

http://www.hitachicapital.co.uk

London Small Business Centre

London Small Business Centre is a not-for-profit enterprise agency with over 30 years experience. We work in partnership with London Small Business Centre to deilver Creative Industry Finance in London.

http://smallbusinesscentre.org.uk

RateSetter

RateSetter offers a ground-breaking proposition that lets lenders set the interest rates they want via a fair online platform. Its pioneering Provision Fund was the first of its type in the Peer-to-Peer industry in the UK to help protect savers against the risk of borrower default.

https://www.ratesetter.com/

Responsible Finance (Formerly CDFA)

We are the voice of the responsible finance industry working to increase access to fair finance. We support a strong and growing network of finance providers who are building resilient economies throughout the UK. Our network is locally responsive, tailoring services to the needs of the areas within which we operate. We offer a personal service, a supportive approach and a real alternative to traditional bank lenders and finance providers. At our heart is the idea of bringing social and economic benefits to people, places and businesses.

http://responsiblefinance.org.uk/

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is the lead development agency for the arts in Northern Ireland. We work with The Arts Council of Northern Ireland to deliver the Own Art and Take it away schemes in Northern Ireland.

http://www.artscouncil-ni.org

The Key Fund

The Key Fund provide flexible grants, loans and equity packages to support Social Enterprises. We work in partnership with The Key Fund to deliver Creative Industry Finance in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

http://www.thekeyfund.co.uk

Triodos Bank

Triodos Bank is the UK’s leading bank for social enterprise, and a fast-growing force within the charities sector. They lend money to organisations with clear social, environmental or cultural aims.

http://www.triodos.co.uk/

V12 Retail Finance

V12 Retail Finance is the retail finance arm of Secure Trust Bank providing a range of lending solutions. We work in partnership with V12 to deliver the Take it away scheme.

http://www.moneyway.co.uk

 

Delivery Partners

Arts Council England

Arts Council England is the national development agency for the arts in England. Creative United was set up with support from Arts Council England with a remit to develop finance programmes for creative businesses and cultural organisations.

http://www.artscouncil.org.uk

Big Issue Invest

Big Issue Invest is the social investment arm of The Big Issue and one of the UK’s leading providers of finance to social enterprises, charities and businesses that are socially driven and helping to tackle poverty and inequality. 

http://bigissueinvest.com/

Creative Scotland

Creative Scotland acts as a funder, advocate and development agency for Scotland's arts, screen and creative industries. We work with Creative Scotland to deliver the Own Art scheme though contemporary art galleries in Scotland.

http://www.creativescotland.com

Fredericks Foundation

Fredericks is a charity providing start up business and business growth loans to entrepreneurs who struggle to obtain traditional funding. Their aim is to provide support throughout the process, including using partner organisations and volunteers. 

http://www.fredericksfoundation.org/

Hitachi Capital

As part of the larger Hitachi Group, Hitachi Capital Consumer Finance is the UK’s leading retail point of sale credit provider, providing over one billion pounds of consumer lending each year to over 5 million UK customers.  

http://www.hitachicapital.co.uk

London Small Business Centre

London Small Business Centre is a not-for-profit enterprise agency with over 30 years experience. We work in partnership with London Small Business Centre to deilver Creative Industry Finance in London.

http://smallbusinesscentre.org.uk

RateSetter

RateSetter offers a ground-breaking proposition that lets lenders set the interest rates they want via a fair online platform. Its pioneering Provision Fund was the first of its type in the Peer-to-Peer industry in the UK to help protect savers against the risk of borrower default.

https://www.ratesetter.com/

Responsible Finance (Formerly CDFA)

We are the voice of the responsible finance industry working to increase access to fair finance. We support a strong and growing network of finance providers who are building resilient economies throughout the UK. Our network is locally responsive, tailoring services to the needs of the areas within which we operate. We offer a personal service, a supportive approach and a real alternative to traditional bank lenders and finance providers. At our heart is the idea of bringing social and economic benefits to people, places and businesses.

http://responsiblefinance.org.uk/

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is the lead development agency for the arts in Northern Ireland. We work with The Arts Council of Northern Ireland to deliver the Own Art and Take it away schemes in Northern Ireland.

http://www.artscouncil-ni.org

The Key Fund

The Key Fund provide flexible grants, loans and equity packages to support Social Enterprises. We work in partnership with The Key Fund to deliver Creative Industry Finance in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

http://www.thekeyfund.co.uk

Triodos Bank

Triodos Bank is the UK’s leading bank for social enterprise, and a fast-growing force within the charities sector. They lend money to organisations with clear social, environmental or cultural aims.

http://www.triodos.co.uk/

V12 Retail Finance

V12 Retail Finance is the retail finance arm of Secure Trust Bank providing a range of lending solutions. We work in partnership with V12 to deliver the Take it away scheme.

http://www.moneyway.co.uk