This page gives information about T-Shirts and Suits as an organisation, details of its digital projects and products, plus information about its international projects to support the creative industries.
T-Shirts and Suits is an organisation dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship in the creative, cultural and digital industries worldwide.
The work of T-Shirts and Suits is all about bringing together Creativity and Business in harmony – and helping creative people to use smart business ideas and tools.
T-Shirts and Suits is a metaphor for creative people (the ‘t-shirts’) using smart business thinking (‘suits’).
T-Shirts and Suits means that you can be successful creatively and commercially.
T-Shirts and Suits Ltd is a company registered in England and Wales.
Digital projects and products
T-Shirts and Suits has extensive expertise in delivering digital projects and creating and distributing digital products to inform, inspire and support creative entrepreneurs worldwide.
Digital projects include a range of online training workshops, webinars, discussion forums and business coaching for creative entrepreneurs.
Many of these are listed here.
Digital products include eBooks, audiobooks, videos, courses and toolkits in electronic formats, available online. Several of these are free of charge.
Most of these digital products are listed here.
Some examples are as follows:
The creative industries business book ‘T-Shirts and Suits: A Guide to the Business of Creativity’ has been published and distributed in digital formats.
It’s a free eBook, available in digital PDF format in English, Georgian, Lithuanian, Russian and Chinese.
Also the book has been published as an audiobook.
The creative industries marketing book is also published in digital formats, available online.
‘Chase One Rabbit: Strategic Marketing for Business Success’ is available as an electronic book and audiobook as well as in paperback format.
This digital product is also available as an eBook in Spanish and French.
‘Designing Your Creative Business’ is a digital toolkit for creative entrepreneurs devised by David Parrish and published online by T-Shirts and Suits.
A series of video-based courses and toolkits on creative entrepreneurship subjects have been published as digital products by T-Shirts and Suits.
T-Shirts and Suits collaborated with the British Council and the EU-Eastern partnership programme to produce two online training courses for cultural entrepreneurs.
The marketing course and the strategic planning course were written and presented by David Parrish using videos and are available online, free of charge.
The Creative, Cultural and Digital Industries Guide, published in partnership with Business Link UK, was produced as an eBook and is free to download in PDF format.
T-Shirts and Suits Ltd is based in England and working worldwide, led by David Parrish, an experienced creative entrepreneur, business coach, trainer and speaker.
David is the author of the highly regarded book: ‘T-Shirts and Suits: A Guide to the Business of Creativity’, which has been published in translations in 14 countries worldwide.
Watch the video of David Parrish talking in Denmark about T-Shirts and Suits, featuring entrepreneurs who combine creativity with smart business thinking.
T-Shirts and Suits is a concept with many dimensions, including:
- a book (and free eBook) ‘T-Shirts and Suits: A Guide to the Business of Creativity’
- a Toolkit: ‘Designing Your Creative Business’, available digitally and in print format
- a Business Growth Framework to set out the steps to becoming a successful creative entrepreneur
- information, tools and inspiration for creative and cultural entrepreneurs worldwide
- digital projects on creative entrepreneurship, including online workshops, webinars and discussion forums
- a network of creative entrepreneurs
- a blog series and online articles about creativity and business
- an award at the Creative Business Cup
- a Facebook group
- a LinkedIn group
- a Coffee Club series of networking events
- a registered trade mark
- a company registered in England and Wales
The book T-Shirts and Suits: A Guide to the Business of Creativity’ by David Parrish shows how successful creative businesses and cultural enterprises have used business methods appropriately and imaginatively to help them achieve their objectives. The book is also available to download as a free eBook.
‘Designing Your Creative Business’ is a Toolkit for Creative Entrepreneurs, devised by David Parrish and published by T-Shirts and Suits.
The T-Shirts and Suits® Business Growth Framework sets out the steps to creative business success.
Information, tools and inspiration for creative people in business, including a Creative Industries Guide, videos, animations and free stuff that can be downloaded, shared and republished to help creative entrepreneurs become even more successful.
David Parrish continues to write in the ‘T-Shirts and Suits blog’ with new information for creative entrepreneurs and the creative industries world-wide.
Articles showing how creative entrepreneurs have used smart business thinking, including a series of ‘Ideas in Action’ articles.
The T-Shirts and Suits Special Prize was awarded to an outstanding creative enterprise at the international finals of the Creative Business Cup in Denmark.
On Facebook, there is an international group of creative people in business in the group ‘T-Shirts and Suits (Creativity and Business)’.
There is a ‘T-Shirts and Suits’ Group on LinkedIn.
The ‘T-Shirts and Suits Coffee Club’ is the name for occasional informal networking events which are open to creative people in business and everyone involved in the creative industries.
T-Shirts and Suits® and the T-Shirts and Suits logo are registered trade marks.
T-Shirts and Suits Ltd is a company registered in England and Wales. Company number 5438525.
International Projects to support the Creative Industries
T-Shirts and Suits Ltd works in partnership world-wide with a range of organisations that support the creative industries, creative and digital businesses, cultural enterprises and creative entrepreneurs.
These organisations include the Center for Creativity, Slovenia; Creative Industries Cluster of Vojvodina KVIK in Serbia; La Ola Naranja in Colombia; Junior Achievement Kenya, Local Enterprise Office Donegal, Ireland; EU-Eastern Partnership Culture and Creativity Programme in Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia and Ukraine; Innovation Centre Kosovo (ICK); Creative Industries Agency, Moscow, Russia; Enterprise Estonia; Biz Labs in Plovdiv, Bulgaria; HUBBA Thailand, Bangkok, Thailand; Baltic Creative CIC in Liverpool, UK; The Digital Debate, Bogotá, Colombia; EVCOM UK; Tvibit, Norway; Innovation Norway; The Big Idea, New Zealand; Startup Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; International Festival for Business 2014; Instituto Serrano de Economia Criativa. Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil; Baltic Creative CIC, Liverpool, England, UK; Korea Creative Industries Forum 2013; SEBRAE. Mato Grosso State, Brazil; Skillset Cymru. Wales; TEDxNapoli. Italy; British Council. Zimbabwe; Creative Cities Programme. Culture Works. Newcastle-upon-Tyne; Merseyside ACME / Liverpool Vision; Ministry of Culture. Santiago, Chile; PRANA. Bogotá. Colombia; Creativity Zentrum / Bizkaia Creaktiva. Bilbao, Spain; SATU, Finland’s organisation for producers of TV and audiovisual content; Universidade Católica. Porto, Portugal; Industrias Creativas Valparaiso. Chile; Creative Choices. Creative and Cultural Skills; ABEDESIGN (Brazilian Association of Design Companies), São Paulo, Brazil; China Beijing Cultural and Creative Industry Expo; Fabrikken Creative Industries Business Centre, Lillehammer, Norway; Culture and Creative Industry Forum. Taipei, Taiwan; Cultivating Creativity Project. Aberdeen, Scotland; CMKBU Utrecht. Netherlands; Business Link; University for the Creative Arts; CreateKX – Creative King’s Cross, London; Grow Creative project. Lancaster University; Shanghai Creative Industry Week; Creative Lancashire, UK; Marketing and Advertising Global Network (MAGNET); IKADA Business Centre, Oslo, Norway; Konstfack Transit Inkubator. Stockholm, Sweden.
T-Shirts and Suits Ltd is a creative industries consulting company, and the creative industries business through which David operates as a creative industries speaker, trainer, business adviser, creative industries consultant and writer.
“David Parrish’s approach to combining business and creativity is invaluable to anyone who flinches at the suggestion of turning their creative talent into a business opportunity. This perennial affliction which leads to the words “selling out” ringing in the ears of artists, musicians and other creatives is adeptly alleviated when David explains that business is merely a tool, like a hammer which can be used for good or bad; depending on who is wielding it. It can be a weapon or an implement to build with. After attending one of David’s presentations and reading his work any creative person should be in no doubt that business and entrepreneurship is a means to an end; the end being to make a living from their creative talent. It is up to the individual to decide how to use that means in a way that best fits with their product/service, artistic sensibilities and ethos. David was the perfect guest speaker to ignite the entrepreneurial spirit among the creative community of Donegal, very down to earth and accessible.”
Camilla Meegan. Partner. DNK Media Productions. Donegal, Ireland.
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