About David Parrish

Crucially, it is not a compromise between creativity and business – it’s a matter of getting the best of both worlds.”
– David Parrish, “British guru in the creative enterprise sphere”, quoted online alongside Richard Branson, Madonna, Felix Dennis and Edward de Bono

“I have learnt from my own experience in business how we can combine creativity with business to achieve the success we want. I just love helping entrepreneurs around the world to be the best they can be by using smart business techniques that fit with their values and objectives.”
– David Parrish. Speaker, Consultant, Trainer and Writer on Creativity and Business

David Parrish ( photo credit: Ukrainian Pravda.Culture)

David Parrish ( photo credit: Ukrainian Pravda.Culture)

 

“David Parrish was an inspiration to creative and digital entrepreneurs in Bogotá and made an excellent contribution to The Digital Debate as the international keynote speaker.
By bringing his wide international experience and message about combining creative passion with smart business thinking, he helped to accelerate the growth of the digital industries in Colombia.”

Carlos F Ramirez. Managing Director. The Digital Debate. Bogotá. Colombia

David informs and inspires creative businesses around the world  through his highly-acclaimed keynote speeches, training workshops, management consultancy advice and books.

Read more testimonials from clients about David and his work around the world.
David’s clients speak highly of his keynote speeches, training projects, business advice and writing.

Detailed information bout David’s international experience and professional expertise is available in downloadable documents.

To find out more about his personal background in the creative industries and business, read his story.

Creative Industries speaker and writer David Parrish


David says:

“My approach to business development combines the creative personality [“the T-Shirt”] with smart business thinking [“the Suit”]. I call this approach ‘T-Shirts and Suits’.

T-Shirts and Suits’ is my way of thinking, my profession and my mission.

I work well with hundreds of creative people because I am creative myself – and because I have actually set up and managed enterprises in the creative industries.

I’ve learnt a lot from my direct experience of the creative sector. I’ve made mistakes along the way – and had some real successes. Later on, I went to business school and discovered some really clever ideas we can use to help creative enterprises become even more successful.

I want to share with you what I’ve learnt – from my own experience and my research. And also what I have learnt from hundreds of creative entrepreneurs around the world over the last fifteen years – in my work as an accredited business adviser, trainer and  management consultant.

I also want to learn from you, by hearing about your own experiences, ideas and achievements in the creative businesses and organisations.

I look forward to hearing from you ! “


David works internationally with creative entrepreneurs to help them make their businesses and organisations even more successful.

He does this by combining the best of their creativity with intelligent marketing and great business ideas that fit with their objectives and their values.

David is a creative industries keynote speaker, business adviser, trainer, consultant and author.

David is a creative industries expert and specialist business advisor for creative businesses and cultural industries organisations. He is a creative industries management consultant and an expert on the management of businesses and organizations in the creative and digital industries.

See separate pages for details of his clients and projects.

His work is recognised internationally and he has worked in more than 50 countries, from Azerbaijan to Zimbabwe.

Creative industries speaker David Parrish

 

David Parrish. Speaker at EIKEN conference in Spain on New Business Opportunities in the Digital Age

David Parrish. Speaker at EIKEN conference in Spain on New Business Opportunities in the Digital Age

David Parrish, creative industry speaker, creative business training designer, business adviser and management consultant

David Parrish. (Photo: Cristina Poncu)

Creative Economy speaker David Parrish delivers keynote at at Ejadah Confex, Saudi Arabia

Photograph of creative business writer David Parrish holding paperback book and eBook on iPhone

David Parrish with book and eBook. (Photo: Mark McNulty)

International creative industry expert and creative industries keynote speaker David Parrish at the Cultural Economy conference in Santiago de Chile

David Parrish at the Cultural Economy conference in Santiago de Chile

Photo of David Parrish, international creative industries speaker and author with publisher of Chinese translation of creative industries book 'T-Shirts and Suits', Aven Kuei in Taiwan

David with publisher of Chinese translation of ‘T-Shirts and Suits’, Aven Kuei in Taiwan

David Parrish, creative industry speaker, creative business training designer, business adviser and management consultant in Chile

David Parrish speaking in Valparaiso, Chile

David Parrish, creative industry speaker, creative business training designer, business adviser and management consultant with startup workshop participants in Bilbao, Spain

David Parrish with startup workshop participants in Bilbao, Spain

David Parrish, creative industry speaker, creative business training designer, business adviser and management consultant at British Council Creative Economy unit workshop for creative entrepreneurs in Harare, Zimbabwe

David’s British Council Creative Economy unit workshop for creative entrepreneurs in Harare, Zimbabwe

David Parrish, creative industries speaker, creative business trainer, business adviser and management consultant with workshop participants in Brazil

Workshop participants in Brazil

David Parrish, creative industries speaker, creative business training workshop designer, business adviser and management consultant participants in Bilbao, Spain

Workshop participants in Bilbao, Spain

David Parrish, creative industry speaker, creative business training designer, business adviser and management consultant with creative business workshop participants in Hanoi, Vietnam

David Parrish with workshop participants in Hanoi, Vietnam

Creative Entrepreneurs with David at his British Council Creative Economy workshop in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Creative Entrepreneurs with David at his British Council Creative Economy workshop in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

British Council creative economy workshop participants in Lithuania with David Parrish, dubbed Creative Industries Guru

British Council creative entrepreneurs in Lithuania with David

Workshop participants in Singapore with David Parrish, creative industries keynote speaker, creative business guru, business adviser and management consultant

Workshop participants in Singapore with David

David Parrish, creative industry speaker, creative business training designer, business adviser and management consultant at his TEDx talk at TEDxENCGJ, Morocco

David’s TEDx talk at TEDxENCGJ, Morocco