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We have three specialised finance centred events coming up in June which are being delivered as the first part of our Cornwall x Connectivity programme. All of the events are free, take place online and are open to SME’s and micro-businesses and freelancers who are registered in Cornwall.

These events are funded by the ERDF so applicants will need to take part in a short verbal registration process. If you are interested in attending any of the events listed below please e-mail Charlotte Bond.

Tuesday 22nd June, 11am – 12:30pm

Creative Enterprise Funding Workshop with Chris Filip from Creative England

Chris Filip is Creative England’s Programme Manager for Creative Enterprise. In this workshop Chris will be introducing the opportunities within the Creative Enterprise programme which include: The New Ideas Fund, The Business planning Support Fund, Female Founders scheme and the Investment (Debt) Fund. Find out if these opportunities would suit you or your business, hear about case studies and find out details on how apply. Please e-mail Charlotte Bond to secure a space.

Wednesday 23rd and Wednesday  30th June, 10am – 5pm

Financing Creativity – How to Manage Your Money Bootcamp

Delivered by David Parrish for Creative England

David Parrish is a creative industries expert and specialist business advisor for creative businesses and cultural industries organisations. Over the two days we will be providing you with practical guidance on how to diagnose and remedy the financial health of your business  and equipping you with the knowledge and confidence to take control of your finances once and for all. All participants will receive a resource pack with some helpful templates and information prior to the event. If you would like to attend the bootcamp, please e-mail Charlotte Bond.

Bootcamp format:

Day 1 and Day 2: 10:00 – 13:00

David will be drawing on his vast experience of supporting creative and cultural businesses to increase their profits and take us through the foundations of financial planning in an interactive and informal setting. Topics covered will include:

  • How to monitor and measure all your business costs, including indirect and ‘hidden’ costs.
  • How to ensure you don’t run out of cash, using a cash flow projection.
  • How to set your prices to ensure a predictable profit for products, services and projects.
  • How to understand accounting jargon and use financial information to achieve greater success.

Day 1 and Day 2: 14:00 – 17:00

During the afternoon we’ll be hearing from a range of industry professionals who specialise in supporting creative businesses with financial planning. The topics covered will include:

  • Bootstrapping – the art of using personal savings and loaned income from friends and family to set up a business, survive and thrive – delivered by Ward Williams Creative
  • Invoice Financing – how this type of funding can assist with cash flow and de-risk work up front.
  • Managing debt – how to get yourself out of the red and into the black.
  • Crowdfunding – how to set up and manage campaigns to raise project funding from your audiences, friends and networks delivered by Crowdfunder.
  • Start Up Loans – the Creative England investment team will be giving an overview of the British Business Bank’s Start Up Loans scheme for anyone thinking of starting a new business
  • Angel Investment – if you’re looking for investment into your company or organisation a business angel may be what you need. UKBAA will be outlining the fundamentals of attracting and securing angel investment.

Thursday 24th June, 11am – 12pm

Start Up Loans Workshop with Matt Browning from Creative England.

Creative England has partnered with the British Business Bank’s Start Up Loans scheme to unlock new and important investment opportunities for people working across the creative industry in the UK. Whether you’re a young creative entrepreneur, working as a freelancer, or have started a business in the last two years, Start Up Loans can help you develop your creative pursuit. Matt Browning is an Investment Manager on the Creative England investment team and his workshop in an introduction both to the Start Up Loan and the idea of how you might finance your business in its early stages. To register to the workshop, please e-mail Charlotte Bond.