Resources

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Find a selection of resources below to help your creative business to flourish:

Creative Studio Space at Spudworks

Spudworks Creative Studio Space

Housed in a uniquely refurbished coach house in the New Forest village of Sway,  spudWORKS offers high quality work-spaces for creative industries in a pleasant rural environment with easy parking and good rail links (mainline to Southampton, Winchester and London Waterloo within 5 minutes walk).

There is studio space currently available, to find out more, click the link below.

Startup Disruptors

StartUp Disruptors

StartUp Disruptors is a start-up and scale-up business community based online via digital and social media platforms, here to help you to start a business from home. Founder Becky Lodge writes:

“We have corporate partnerships with Uber, Funding Circle, Lawdit Solicitors, Faster Capital, London Tech Advocates, Notion and many others.

If you are facing redundancy, starting a ‘side hustle’ or simply have the next big tech idea, we help by connecting you to support, including funders and resources and help you develop and shape your business model.

We are an inclusive peer to peer network of creative people that want to change things and do something great.

To become a member of our VIP community costs from £19.99 per month (on our cancel anytime subscription plan). Great advice, coaching support and advertising of your company is included.

Rebel Business School

You have a fantastic opportunity to attend the Rebel Business School for two weeks in April 2021 for free, thanks to Southampton Council. It’s eligible to start-up and growing businesses in the ‘SO’ postcode.

Nesta

Starting a business can be daunting. That’s why Nesta created the Creative Enterprise Toolkit — a practical resource to help you plan, build, test, communicate and launch your new creative business.

Creative Network South

A network of Businesses, Universities and Local Authorities working together to promote the creative economy in the Solent area.

The Design Trust

The Design Trust want help you grow your craft or design business with expert online training and resources. Follow the link to find loads of practical, easy to follow advice on how to grow your creative business.

The Creative Boom

Growth is the biggest priority for any small business owner. But it’s never easy to win new clients, organise better processes or even find and hire the right staff. Get Creative Boom’s essential reading list here. offering insights on how to get started, how to run a successful business and find ways to flourish and grow.

Creative and Cultural Skills

Find information, advice and guidance about the value of apprenticeships/non-traditional training routes and how these routes can support diverse entry into our sector.

Read relevant research to better understand the challenges facing the creative workforce, which in turn helps inform the programmes and services provided to the sector.