Annual Impact 2022/23
Each year Creative United shares the impact that our diverse and essential work has on the people and businesses that make up the arts, heritage and creative industries.
As a social enterprise, our mission is twofold:
- To respond directly to the needs of individuals, organisations and other enterprises through the development and delivery of services that support the sustainability, inclusive growth and diversity of our arts and cultural sector; and
- To achieve positive change for people across the country by initiating activity that evidences the economic and social value of arts and creative enterprise to be more widely understood and supported by policy makers and investors.
Working towards these goals during the course of 2022/23, we began to explore with local government partners and those in the finance sector the structural barriers and gaps in provision that make it difficult for micro creative enterprises (including individual artists) to access the services they need to trade equitably alongside larger and more established businesses in the creative sector.
Highlights from 2022/23
The scheme enabled me to purchase an instrument that enabled my son to progress through his grades.
– a Take it away customer
It’s brilliant to walk into a gallery and have a chance to purchase a piece which we otherwise wouldn’t be able to consider if we had to pay for it up front.
– an Own Art customer
It has helped to ensure the sustainability of our small charity so that we can continue to operate and open to the public into the future; firstly during the pandemic and now during the cost of living crisis.
It has also assured the trustees that my management is effective and leads to a sustainable business thus giving me the confidence to be ambitious and make new suggestions.
– a business support participant