Coaching and Mentoring

Creative entrepreneurs become even more successful with coaching and mentoring from David Parrish, both online and offline, worldwide.

Mentoring and Coaching from David Parrish
Creative industries business adviser David Parrish


David helps creative entrepreneurs to devise effective business strategies and work towards ambitious goals. He specialises in coaching and mentoring owners of creative and digital businesses. He brings his own direct experience of starting, growing and leading businesses to his mentoring and coaching clients worldwide.

His coaching, mentoring and business advice is flexible, to suit the needs of his clients. He works internationally, meeting in person or online (eg Zoom). Coaching can be arranged as a program, ongoing monthly support, or one-off consultations. Contact David to discuss your requirements.

“David is a great mentor and business coach. He is very responsive to our needs and understands the complicated business models of the Creative Industries”
– Jon Wetherall. Managing Director. Cool Game Arcade Ltd

“David helped us to devise a marketing strategy which focuses on our competitive strengths and the best market segments. Using effective marketing techniques we have improved the way we connect our creative talents with profitable markets.”
– Janina Gaudin. Director. Pepperbot Studios Ltd. New Zealand.

In Ireland, David mentors creative and digital businesses on the Generate Programme in County Donegal, in association with Donegal Local Enterprise Office.

“David is an exceptional mentor. His openness and willingness to share his own life and work experiences inspires me to do my life’s best work. David has in-depth knowledge of multiple industries and has unique ways in which he drives customer centric thinking. This combined with his down to earth communication style means I come away with something new from each mentoring session.  David has helped to positively shape my business, ultimately giving me confidence in my own decisions that have driven my business forward.”
– Lynn Costello Erskine. The Pear in Paper. Ireland.

“Having attended his workshops and chewed up both of his books I still can’t believe that I am lucky enough to have access to David Parrish. My work with David on the Generate programme has gone from using business tools for fully reviewing the market, industry and competitors to deeply considering what type of lifestyle I want from being self-employed; whether I want to continue letting a brand control my lifestyle or start letting my lifestyle dictate what projects I take on. He is guiding me through a fully integrative and enlightening process with his naturally caring, holistic approach and instinct for creative business. I can’t recommend him enough. Thanks David!”
 – Ciaran Boyce. Modern Eire.

David is a startup mentor at SPARK Business Park in Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina. He worked with the Swiss EP project at Swisscontact to deliver workshops for startups at SPARK Business Park in Mostar, Innovation Centre Banja Luka and at Networks in Sarajevo.

David was a mentor at the Serbia Startup Bootcamp in Novi Sad and a judge for the national Serbian finals of the Creative Business Cup.

David Parrish. Serbia Startup Bootcamp
David Parrish at the Serbia Startup Bootcamp


“David is such an inspiration! Just when I ask countless questions like: What exactly have I begun? Does it make sense? Am I crazy? Will the forces reach me?… David appears with the right words and gives me enough strength and confidence to continue boldly. I’m happy to have met David and I’m lucky that he’s my mentor. Thank you!”
– Sonya Pepelyashkova. The Motley Crow.

“David helped us to grow our digital business by working with us to clarify our vision and devise a feasible plan of action. He helped us orientate our business towards the best market segments, refine our marketing messages and improve our internal systems. Working with David was both enlightening and profitable.”
– Chris Abram. Managing Director. Brighter Design Ltd.

“David was excellent and very engaging. His advice about business development made what seems like a daunting task actually very simple by making you think differently.”
Karen Maxwell. Design Director. Four-by-Two. Edinburgh, Scotland.

“I was extremely unhappy with my business for years but couldn’t explain why. David gave me a totally new perspective after just one mentoring session. By helping me face those difficult questions, he has given me back my passion and drive that had totally disappeared. I am recommending him to everyone!”
Michelle McCarroll, Knitwear Designer, Michi, Ireland.

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Mentoring and coaching is confidential and David works with only a small number of clients at any one time, to ensure he can provide the high quality service they deserve.

David helps leaders and managers to develop, through his mentoring, training workshops and management consultancy projects in the UK and world-wide.

He has direct experience of starting and growing businesses in the creative industries and understands the challenges and rewards of inspiring employees, managing creative people and building teams.

David is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management in the UK (FInstLM) and his credentials include academic qualifications and membership of a range of professional institutions, to complement his own experience.

David Parrish is a registered and approved Growth Coach for GrowthAccelerator, providing expert, tailored advice to help ambitious businesses achieve rapid, sustainable growth.

By working with clients around the world, David is constantly adding to his extensive knowledge of leadership and management in creative and digital businesses.

David works internationally as a business coach and mentor, specialising in helping businesses in the creative industries to grow and become even more successful.