Setting up business and studio

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A-N The Artist’s Fees Toolkit
Advice, information and opportunities for visual artists.
Artists Newsletter
Magazine and website with lots of useful information on running a creative business. Also provide insurance for designers.
Arts Council
Funding, information etc
Business Link
Government website with business assistance for small businesses. Detailed Information about self employment, registering as a company, tax and employing people, sales and marketing (ref: guardian money 02.07.11)

Applied Arts Studios. Also offer wide range of business support for non-studio members. They also have a ‘Making it’ section which gives excellent advice on press, marketing,  copyright, finances, business plans etc.
Craft Central
Applied Arts Studios and membership network. Also offer wide range of business support for non-studio members.
Crafts Council
Government body offering range of services for applied arts including:
Business training opportunities, exhibition opportunities, database of makers etc etc
Also publishes bi-monthly Crafts magazine
Craft & Design (online)

“Creative resources for creative people”

Excellent resource with advice and information about exhibitions, craft fairs, galleries and open studios throughout the UK.

Design Gap
Membership organisation. Offers members directory and group stands at various trade shows.
The Design Trust

An outstanding online resource for creative businesses with excellent advice, support, information and online training.
Design Nation
Membership organisation. Offers members directory and group stands at various trade shows.
They review tools all small businesses need and publish a library of content to help small business owners make the most of the Internet.

They have a lot of useful articles including a number of topics that just doesn’t cover

Department for Business Innovation and Skills
Do grants for oversea trade fair stands
Federation of Small Businesses
Membership organisation for small businesses.
Guardian newspaper
Website article offering information on self-employment
Hidden Art
Membership network for designers. Offer wide range of business support, e-shop, and group stands at various trade shows.
Grant Finder

Website with details of different grants and funding bodies. Replaced ‘Funderfinder’
I send you this
Website with details of opportunities and listings for the arts
JobHero “Entrepreneurship and Small Business Resource Guide”
Makerversity is a work space for start-up making and manufacturing businesses, and applied learning opportunities. They provide access to a range of fabrication and prototyping tools, spaces, event and learning facilities. They exist to support emerging practice, learning and employability opportunities for young people and kick-start the Third Industrial Revolution in the heart of London. (text makerversity website)
The Princes Trust
Support business startups. Age limit
The Textile Institute
Links to suppliers
Textile Artist
The UK Fashion and Textile Association
UK organisation for textile & fashion designers. Also links to commission weaving mills, suppliers
401 ½ Workshops/Studios
Studios and workshops


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