Category: Startups

Liverpool Creative Industries

David has helped the development of Liverpool creative industries businesses and organisations through his business advice, training workshops and presentations. He has worked in partnership with Liverpool City Council, Merseyside ACME, Liverpool Vision and Culture Liverpool as well as other organisations in the city region to provide business support in his capacity as a business …

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United Nations Creative Economy presentation

David made a United Nations Creative Economy presentation at the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. He was invited by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) to share his experience of working in the Creative Economy worldwide. His presentation was entitled: “The Creative Economy and Creative Entrepreneurship: A Worldwide Perspective”. In his …

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Russian translation of ‘T-Shirts and Suits’ book

A Russian translation of the creative business guide ‘T-Shirts and Suits: A Guide to the Business of Creativity’ has been published. Impact Hub Almaty published the book in paperback and eBook formats in 2019 in Kazakhstan. This is the fourteenth translation of the book. The free eBook in Russian can be downloaded, printed and re-distributed. …

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The Solopreneur Business Growth Model

The Solopreneur Business Growth Model is an alternative way to grow a business that avoids the trap of following the crowd into the conventional process of scaling up. It’s a valid and profitable model that suits many solopreneurs in the creative and digital industries. J.K.Rowling is a highly successful and wealthy writer. Yet many business …

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OKR Tips for Small Businesses

Here are my OKR tips for small businesses, especially enterprises and startups in the creative industries and the creative and digital sector worldwide. ‘Objective and Key Results’ systems, used intelligently and creatively, can be a powerful boost to company performance at all levels, clarify strategic goals, and involve everyone in playing their part in achieving …

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Sell Designs not Products

I was recently advising a creative entrepreneur in the USA. We discussed various options for devising a suitable business model for him and one option was to sell designs not products. Chris Mansell is a creative individual, developing new ideas and products, using Arduino based electronics, specialising in interactive addressable LEDs, along with 3D design, …

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WORTH Partnership Project (interview)

The WORTH partnership project supports creative minds to develop innovative products. Throughout the European Union, the WORTH Partnership Project creates and supports transnational collaborations between fashion designers, creative people, manufacturing enterprises (SMEs) and technology firms looking to develop design-driven and innovative products. David Parrish is collaborating with WORTH and they interviewed David about his international work supporting and advising creative …

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Irish Creative Industries are thriving! (video)

The Irish Creative Industries are thriving, as this video from County Donegal illustrates. David is working with the Local Enterprise Office Donegal to help businesses to grow and create jobs in the Irish creative industries. The Generate Programme is focusing on small creative and digital businesses with the potential to grow and create jobs. The …

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PODIM Startup Conference Speaker in Maribor

David participated as a startup conference speaker at PODIM 2018 in Maribor, Slovenia. He was invited to this international business conference as a creative industries specialist. At PODIM 2018, David delivered an interactive workshop “Doing Business in the Creative Industries”, which drew on his international experience of helping creative enterprises to become even more successful. …

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Startup mentor appointment in Bosnia & Herzegovina

David has been appointed as a startup mentor to advise creative and digital startups in Bosnia & Herzegovina. He has joined the team of startup mentors at SPARK Business Park in Mostar. His appointment as a mentor follows David’s work with Swiss EP at Swisscontact to deliver workshops and to mentor startups at SPARK Business …

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