Running Your Own Business

Whether you’re starting out in business or are an established artist or arts organisation there’s business information relevant for you. Here are some handy business tips, help & advice to help to along the way. 


Business Support Pack (pdf)
This pack gives you all the basic information you need when setting up your enterprise. The pack looks at Legal structures; Marketing plan guidelines; Pricing your work; Time management; IPR; Business planning guidelines; Business plan template and Cash flow. (Excellent support pack prepared by our partners in Krirklees)

Nesta’s creative enterprise toolkit aims to help creative individuals take their bright ideas and turn them into successful businesses. The toolkit provides guidance, activities, downloadable worksheets and case studies to challenge individuals to draw on their creative and personal strengths.


The Gov.Uk website has essential information, support and services for you and your business. A useful place to go to find guidance on starting up or growing your business, online tools, regulations and government services, and best practice case studies.

Prince's Trust Business Programme  
Young people wishing to start up their own business can apply for funding and other support through the Prince's Trust Business Programme. The programme can provide support to young people who are; aged 18-30; unemployed or working less than 16 hours a week; and living in England or Northern Ireland.


ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) provides free and impartial information and advice to employers and employees on all aspects of workplace relations and employment law.