IPAN (Intellectual Property Awareness Network) – “IPAN brings together organisations and individuals drawn from business, commerce, education and the IP professions in the UK, all committed to championing the importance and understanding of IP as a vital ingredient for innovation and success of businesses, large and small.”



Knowledge Quarter – “We are the focal point for one of the greatest knowledge clusters anywhere in the world, located in a small area around King’s Cross, the Euston Road and Bloomsbury. Within a few hundred metres you can find knowledge resources ranging from the world’s earliest books and manuscripts to the latest fashion and creative designs and cutting-edge medical research.”



Cockpit Arts – “Cockpit is home to some of the most exciting makers in the world.  Spanning every kind of craft, our makers are united by their extraordinary skill and imagination. Cockpit gives makers tools to build their businesses so they can focus on what they do best: making.”



The Society of Authors – The SoA is the UK trade union for all types of writers, illustrators and literary translators, at all stages of their careers. We have been advising individuals and speaking out for the profession for more than a century.



Portobello Business Centre – “Our Team exists to work with people to start and grow businesses and Social Enterprises which thrive.

We are a friendly group of people, committed to helping you enter and thrive in the Business World. where budding entrepreneurs and local businesses can get business support, advice and build local contacts.”



Greeting Card Association – “The Greeting Card Association is the voice of the British greeting card industry.

We promote the healthy growth of the industry by sharing the joy of sending and receiving cards, and providing advice and support to our members as they build their businesses.”



Newable – “We aim to make a sustainable profit from helping other businesses thrive.

Newable is a values-driven business.

Our values were defined as a result of a company-wide engagement process.

Together, our values help foster a culture that generates business confidence.”



Knowledge Transfer Network – “Innovate UK KTN exists to connect innovators with new partners and new opportunities beyond their existing thinking – accelerating ambitious ideas into real-world solutions. Innovate UK KTN is part of the Innovate UK Group – the UK’s innovation agency.”



Business & IP Centre London – “We support small business owners, entrepreneurs and inventors like you. Our team are here to help you take the right steps to start up, protect and grow your business.”



British Footwear Association – “We exist to support footwear businesses big and small, including: retailers, designers, manufacturers, wholesalers and service providers.

We also represent, educate and provide advice to our members to help them achieve sustainable and profitable growth.”



Music Industries Association – “Empowered by our members, we champion innovation and high standards of best practice in the music products and services industry within the UK. Our Vision: To make Musical Instruments, Music Technology and Music Learning accessible to everyone in the UK.”



Creative Industry Association – “We are an inclusive non-profit trade association, for businesses and professionals who are working in or want to work in the creative, craft and hobby industry.”



Association of Illustrators – “The professional body for illustration in the UK.  Established in 1973, the AOI champions illustrators and the illustration industry with education, promotion and campaigning to achieve a thriving industry for us all.”



Design-Nation – “Design-Nation is a leading portfolio for designer-makers based in the UK who create craft, design and product.”



Fashion Angel is a fashion industry business support agency offering mentoring, consultancy, events & practical resources for both emerging and established fashion brands. They also operate a Business Club that is a vibrant community of ambitious fashion entrepreneurs.

As a Delivery Partner of the government Start Up Loan scheme, they can help fashion start-ups access a flexible loan, which comes with free business mentoring.




Art School Plus is the place where artists go for everything they didn’t learn in art school. 91% of early career artists in the UK aren’t making any money as an artist. This is, in part, because they often learn very little about the mechanics of being an artist while in art school. In addition, artists are operating in a competitive and inequitable landscape. For example, there is ample evidence that gender, ethnicity and socio-economic factors negatively impact the career outcomes of artists. We believe in a world where artists, from any background, can thrive, challenge and contribute. We empower artists through training and support programmes which align with our values.




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