Re:Create 2021 business support programme is helping 50 artists, makers, and creative businesses in Wandsworth to be bold in their business plans by providing tailored, one-to-one support and networking events.

Re:Create 2021 is a new programme designed by Creative United, and delivered in partnership with Wandsworth Council and Hive Collective. It is providing free, specialist 1:1 business support for 50 artists, makers and creative businesses in the borough, plus 3 connection-making, informative and engaging networking events open to all. Given current COVID-19 restrictions, the programme is being delivered online.

This programme started in March 2021, and will complete early June 2021.

Who is this programme supporting? 

We are excited to share the incredible cohort of creative freelancers, artists and businesses from the diversity of Wandsworth’s communities that are currently taking part in ReCreate 2021.

Please click through to their websites below to learn more about their work.

What kind of support is being offered to successful applicants?

50 artists, makers and creative businesses in Wandsworth are receiving 3 hours of free one-to-one advice and support from a business advisor working within the arts or creative industries.

Those who have joined the programme can expect to gain:

  • a better understanding of creating a business plan, marketing plan, or cash flow forecast; 
  • a better understanding of setting business and professional goals; 
  • increased confidence and skills, particularly in response to: 
    • post-COVID planning
    • improved business viability/sustainability 
    • increased earnings/business income 
  • improved connectivity to creative/local networks and new collaborations or partnerships

Skills & Networking Events 

3 Skills & Networking Events will provide opportunities for participants to hear from inspirational sector leaders, connect and network with each other and find those crucial partnerships and collaborations for 2021 and beyond.

These events are open to everyone and not just successful applicants, these will take place on:

Thursday 11 March – Re-focus and Resilience: Surviving the COVID-19 period  
– In conversation with Business Advisor James West from West Creative

Thursday 22 AprilRe-vitalise: Boosting your business through Funding, Financing and Collaborations
– In conversation with Business Advisor Olga Astaniotis 

Thursday 10 JuneRe-launch: Using PR or Social Media Marketing to get your business out there
– In conversation with Business Advisor Emma Clarke

For each event an invited guest will join our host Nat Harrison from the Hive Collective for a conversation that will inform and inspire participants, covering the guest’s approach to their art or business or any difficulties they have faced over the last year.

Afterwards, participants will be invited to join breakout groups for a ‘Focus Seat’ session, which is an opportunity for individuals to talk about their needs with the group. This could be:

  • current challenges and asking for help solving issues
  • asking for help generating ideas
  • asking the group to share their knowledge on a specific subject
  • a poll of current behaviours or insights
  • a request for feedback on a new product or service idea

All events will be online and registration is free!

Click here to register to our Skills & Networking events

Was there a ReCreate 2021 briefing event? 

You can watch a recording of our recent briefing event below. For more information on the programme, head to 30:00 to hear from Sarah Thirtle, our Director of Business Support Programmes.

As part of this event, we were also joined by Councillor Aled Richards-Jones, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Skills and Employment; Sara O’Donnell, Head of Wandsworth Art; Victor Castejon, Co-founder of The Quick Brown Fox Video Production Ltd; and James Gero, Executive Director of World Heart Beat Music Academy. This panel discussion looked at the impact of 2020 on creative businesses in Wandsworth and what opportunities lie ahead.

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