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Business support for cultural and creative organisations

This page provides information on various places you can get support for your creative business 


Support for cultural and creative organisations and individuals

Artswork (
Artswork works to empower children and young people through arts and culture, giving them the opportunity to explore and fulfil their potential in a future that we are all making together. Artswork deliver skills programmes, apprenticeships and offer training courses for professionals working with young people in creative settings.

British Arts Festival Association (
The British Arts Festivals Association (BAFA) is the leading network and development agency for UK arts festivals and its membership includes a broad variety of organisations across the UK of all types and sizes. BAFA works with its members to raise the profile of festivals, lobby on issues relevant to the sector and to offer tailored support, networking and development for festival organisers, enabling its members to develop extraordinary events in a stable, creative and supportive environment. 

British Library Intellectual Property Centre (Southampton) (
The Business and IP Centre (BIPC) Southampton is an enterprise hub; a dedicated space to help entrepreneurs start or grow, their businesses, projects or ideas. With specialist advice on subjects such as business planning, IP, market research and cashflow finance and free access to a professional camera and studio space, as well as a free event space and Access to the world's best market research databases to help you make the best business decisions.

Community First (
Community First’s dedicated development team can offer tailored information and development support for charities, community groups and social enterprises.

The Crafts Council (
Founded in 1972, the Crafts Council is the national charity for craft. They inspire making, empower learning and nurture craft businesses. They believe craft skills and knowledge enrich and uplift us as individuals, and, in doing so, will change our world for the better.

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.

Nesta (Creative Enterprise Toolkit | 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.

One Dance UK (
One Dance UK is the sector support organisation leading the way to a stronger, more vibrant and more diverse dance sector. Presenting one clear voice to support, advocate, enhance and give profile to dance in the UK. Their aim is to provide information, resources and opportunities for a workforce that is well-equipped to secure dance’s prominence in the cultural landscape of the future.

Solent Creative Growth (
Whilst all of the business support that Solent LEP Growth Hub offers is for all business types, they have also designed some specific support for the creative industries. If you already have a creative business and are looking to grow, why not attend their networking events or sign up to get free 1 to 1 mentoring.

The Space (
The Space helps arts and cultural organisations make the most of the digital opportunity. From strategy development to online engagement and new audience experiences. Free access to resources, toolkits and webinars.

Join the Winchester Cultural Network Group
Find out more about the Winchester Cultural Network Group


Business support services for Winchester District businesses

Enterprise M3 Growth Hub (
The Enterprise M3 Growth Hub offers a wide variety of services and programmes to suit the varying needs of businesses - from helping them grow and find funding to assisting with digital acceleration, staffing, and training. Businesses can get access to: 

  • a dedicated Growth Champion to support your individual business's growth plans 
  • a bespoke growth plan, developed with your unique requirements and circumstances 
  • a trusted expert services network; made up of experts with a proven track record of delivering growth results 
  • an impact assessment; tracking your progress every step of the way 

Incuhive (
IncuHive Winchester provides a range of virtual office, membership, desk space rental, office and meeting room options with a simple 1 month contract for rental. IncuHive Winchester also provide a range of mentoring and business support services to help you kick start your new business! 

Enterprise First Business South (
If you are looking for support to either start a business or grow an existing one, they can help in the following ways:

  • free start up courses
  • one to one advice
  • Finance
  • mentoring

Winchester SALT (
The Winchester Sport Art and Leisure Trust (Winchester SALT) was established as a charitable trust in July 2014. Winchester SALT's vision is for Winchester to be a great place for people to live, relax, play and work.

Business Bulletin (
Businesses should sign up to our free business bulletin to make sure that they receive the latest information on business support, funding, training and events.  


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