Re:Create 2023 business support programme helped 50 artists, makers, and creative businesses in the borough of Wandsworth to be bold in their business plans by providing one-to-one mentoring support, access to a bespoke e-learning course, and networking events.

Re:Create 2023, which followed on from Re:Create 2021, was a business support programme designed specifically to empower creative, self-employed individuals and small enterprises. Delivered by Creative United in partnership with Wandsworth Borough Council, and funded through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

The objectives of the programme were to:
• Increase business resilience and financial sustainability,
• Build business confidence and skills,
• Develop networks in the borough.

The core programme ran from June 2023 – February 2024, with further support provided through the Re:Create Business Skills E-learning course, which is still available for all creative business owners based in the borough free of charge. Find out more about the course.

Find out more about the programme and what it was able to achieve below. 

Who did the programme support? 

A diverse cohort of 50 talented creative freelancers, artists, and business owners from across the borough of Wandsworth took part in ReCreate 2023.

“The programme has allowed me to have clarity on what is possible and viable for the future.”

What did the programme achieve?


New Jobs Created


Jobs Safeguarded


Est. additional income generated across cohort

Social Return on Investment of

£1 : £10.48

How the cohort felt after completing the Re:Create 2023 programme:

Have increased confidence in how to grow and sustain their business 0 %

Have an improved understanding of how to create a business plan 0 %

Have an improved understanding of how to increase income in their business 0 %

What did the cohort have to say?

“The Re:Create Programme and in particular the 1 to 1 business mentoring has given me the confidence to do my own solo show his year as part of the London Design Festival. I have a clearer vision of what I want to do in the next 5 years. Before having the mentoring, I felt very chaotic and unstable but with a few changes and new aims I have calmed down and things seem to be back on track.”
Hannah Simpson – Owner, Hannah Simpson Studio
“I recognise a need to address budgetary planning and have created a balanced programme of workshops, creative artwork, travelling, painting en Plein air and approaching Galleries and online marketing to sell my original and digital prints.
“I feel excited about these new ventures, the possibility of becoming not just solvent but having a degree of prosperity unseen for 24 years.”

Elaine Giles – Creator, Make a Mark

“I found my mentor to be very clear and concise with their advice. This really helped me focus myself. Getting someone to help your business from an outside and completely new perspective is a very effective tool.“

Glyn Roberts – Owner, GT Roberts Photography

“For me the mentoring was excellent time spent with my mentor as I used the time to go through a funding application. The funding was with Arts Council and my mentor's previous experience with them helped shed light on the application. When I'm ready to apply I think this will have a huge impact on my business, should I win. Even if I don't, I think the exercise was a very valuable one that I can use in other applications.”

Premila Puri – Managing Director, Be Kind Productions Ltd

“Confidence is the main thing that has changed for me. Firstly, that has come from learning about the business plan, marketing, structure, and planning. Having an understanding of how all the different aspects of business work have enabled me to come up with a plan and be proactive not just reactive. And secondly that I have a skill that is worth something.”

Wilbur Moore – Owner/Director, Floating Focus Facilities, Ltd.

Our impact: Case studies 

We have developed a number of case studies that capture the journey of our Re:Create 2023 businesses’ progress over the course of their time receiving tailored business support.

Click through below to read each case study in more detail.

Lætitia Algalarrondo Ahmed

Director, The Arty-Crafty Crescent Club

Priscilla Yeung

Founder, Battersea Anthology

Partners and Funders