David Parrish - International Business Adviser for Creative People

David Parrish empowers and inspires creative entrepreneurs - to help them become even more successful.

David helps creative people ('T-Shirts') use smart business thinking ('Suits'), so they can achieve success on their own terms, using cool business ideas which fit with their values and objectives.

Successful creative enterprises integrate creativity and business. David's T-Shirts and Suits® approach combines creative passion with the best business techniques.

David is a specialist creative industries management consultant, business advisor, coach, mentor, trainer, speaker and writer, working internationally. He is also the author of the highly-acclaimed book 'T-Shirts and Suits: A Guide to the Business of Creativity'.

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This website provides information and networks for creative people in business. It adds to the examples, ideas and inspiration found in David's book. You will find information, articles and examples about marketing, intellectual propertyleadership, managing change, business growth, strategic planning, finance and business development - written especially for people leading and managing creative businesses and cultural enterprises in the creative and digital industries.

David inspires, informs and advises creative and digital businesses - and the agencies that support them. He empowers his clients by drawing on his own experience as a creative entrepreneur combined with his expertise as a qualified business advisor, marketing consultant, specialist professional trainer, published author and keynote speaker.
Sharing the best ideas about business with the international community of creative entrepreneurs goes hand in hand with David's work as an expert creative industries consultant providing business advice, training, consultancy, mentoring and coaching. Writing, speaking and facilitating networks to help creative entrepreneurs complements his work as a creative business adviser, management trainer and creative industries speaker. He specialises in helping media, design and technology businesses world-wide on business growth, strategic marketing and leadership.

Dave Parrish has been directly involved in the creative economy for more than 20 years, as an entrepreneur, manager, company director, management consultant, business adviser, trainer, writer, and speaker.

For an insight into his personal background, business experience, values and his own perspective on creativity and business, read his story.

As an experienced and expert creative industries business adviser, management consultant, trainer, coach and mentor, David provides professional creative industries business advice to creative businesses in the following sub-sectors of the creative and digital industries:
advertising and public relations, architecture, product design, designer fashion, film and video, music, publishing, software and computer games, web design and e-commerce, television and radio, visual arts, photography, graphic design and illustration, crafts and the performing arts.
David's work is international and he has helped businesses and individuals to develop through his training workshops and management consultancy projects in countries and cultures as diverse as Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, India, Italy, Jamaica, Korea (South), Lithuania, New Zealand, Norway, the Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, USA, Vietnam and Zimbabwe - as well as in the UK.
He is working in partnership with UNESCO on a project to share best practice in the creative industries world-wide as part of his work with creative enterprises internationally.

David specialises in helping creative and digital media businesses, creative entrepreneurs and cultural enterprises with business development, growth strategies, business plans, innovation, strategic marketing, intellectual property, raising finance, business growth, collaborations and innovation. His services include management consultancy, business advice, marketing consultancy, training workshops, seminars, presentations, speeches and writing.

He has extensive international networks of personal and professional contacts in the creative and digital industries, built up over years of working in the creative and cultural sector as a business owner, manager, entrepreneur and creative industries management consultant. This enables him to keep up to date with trends and developments in the creative and cultural industries internationally. Through his networks, Dave Parrish is able to connect people and businesses locally and globally to form creative collaborations and complement creative talent with business expertise.
The T-Shirts and Suits Creative Enterprise Network is a free online network for the creative industries which enables creative entrepreneurs to share information, build networks and learn from each other. David Parish is the founder and co-ordinator of the T-Shirts and Suits Creative Enterprise Network.

Further detailed information about David's projects, clients, qualifications, speaking, training, writing and what clients say about his expertise and style is available on this website.

Here are a few examples of what people say about David's creative industries business advice, training, speaking and writing:

“David is a marketing expert who understands and emphasises the importance of strategic marketing when growing a business. It’s really helpful to be able to talk things through with him as we grow.”
   Rhiannon Eames-Jones
   Milky Tea Ltd

"David created a great atmosphere. Despite being on a competition everyone was feeling very confident and they were all sharing ideas about the different projects. At the end of the two intensive days everyone thought it was a very useful and helpful workshop."
   Elena Ruiz.
   Creativity Zentrum, Bilbao, Spain

“International adviser David Parrish was to many of the participants the most interesting speech on the conference, with his new perspectives on creativity and business. He had a clear message and used convenient examples.”
   Ingvil Mjøen.
   Det bobler! Conference Organiser. Norway
"David writes about creative business better than anyone I know."
   Wayne Morris
   The Creative Edge. New Zealand.


Read more testimonials, check out his credentials, read his personal story, and learn more about how David can help you make your creative enterprise even more successful.