Business boot camps for Wandsworth Creatives

Together with The Design Trust the Council’s Economic Development office have created a special online training programme for visual creative businesses which launches this autumn, where you can learn from the comfort of your own home or studio space.

The course is facilitated by Patricia van den Akker, an award-winning business adviser and the Director of The Design Trust, who has worked with 1,000 of creatives over the past twenty years.

Through a series of six online training sessions, you will get the business skills to get more sales and orders, and make your creative enterprise more sustainable and profitable. The interactive sessions will take place on Friday mornings and they will last two hours. You can join us from your own computer. You log on and can hear and see the presentation, and you can ask questions too through a text box. These sessions are really practical and interactive, and if you do the practical homework exercises between the sessions then you can implement the learning straight away

The course will also feature live networking and showcasing events for local participants, online interviews and opportunities with local experts and partners. Further details of the live events and sessions will be announced in September 2019.

The six online sessions cover:

  • How to create a strong product collection and brand
  • Marketing and social media to get more Christmas sales
  • How to get more online sales
  • Create a one-page business plan for 2020
  • Diversification and alternative income streams

This programme is aimed at both new and more established creative businesses, including designers, makers, visual artists, illustrators, who want to grow their business, get more clients and sales, and want to get more organised in the new year.

The course is partially funded by the Council. Cost of the entire program to Wandsworth businesses and residents £50, and £75 for those from outside of the borough.

Book online

Want more details?

If you are interested but not entirely sure yet then you can join us for a FREE online training session on Friday 13th September from 10 to 11am. In this session, Patricia will explain more about the programme. You will get some practical advice already to grow your creative business and you can ask any questions. 

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