A creative industries and arts and culture consultancy service

We specialise in small to medium business consultancy for the creative industries and arts and culture sector. Organisations, agencies, funded projects and practitioners use our services for a few hours, for regular support and even have the option of having us as part of your team on a temporary basis.

Unlike other consultancies we take a practical and solution-based approach. Meaning that we don’t just talk or advise but also provide solutions to achieve your aims.

We have worked on many county and regional based business projects and advise on an array of business areas. In short, all services listed on this website make up our consultancy services.

Why Our Consultancy is Different?

Unlike some consultants and business service professionals we have been there, seen it, and done it. Director Andrew Knutt has successfully built up and sold several businesses and is an active creative practitioner.

It’s common to find a business consultant with little understanding of the creative industries, or to find a creative consultant with business experience. We are unique because we understand the creative process and design principles yet have years of business experience. This uncommon combination is the value we bring to your organisation or practice.

Benefits To You

Services we offer

Qualified and experienced business advice

We have helped many creative practitioners and businesses to start-up and grow and are experienced qualified business advisers.

Project development and delivery

We've helped many creative organisations and government agencies to develop deliverables for local and regional projects.

Expert knowledge and networks

Through our partnerships, involvement in creative industries development and contacts you can grow quicker and access expert know-how.

Access to funding calls and collaborations

We help organisations to access funding and help them develop funding proposals and projects to deliver business and community projects.

Want to learn more about what projects and services we have delivered for others. Then why not take a look at our projects page.

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Our Experience & Background

We have expert skills in many areas and have been advising businesses and practitioners for over 20 years. Director Andrew Knutt, has a strong creative and commercial background having started, built up and sold several businesses including an IT services company, online ecommerce company, and a design, digital/media and marketing company. Andrew is also a qualified business adviser, social enterprise adviser, a designer, digital artist and is co-founder and director of Creative Innovation Centre CIC and its arts centre and gallery in Taunton.

Andrew has worked on many large projects for government agencies and councils including a £4m business support and technology-based project for Somerset; funded by Somerset County Council and EU. A creative industry £2m project for iNet, a £1m food and drink sector project, and a £1m project for Dorset as business developer for Arts Council ‘Creative Local Growth Fund’ supported by the EU. All demanding strong partnerships with many organisations, practitioners and agencies. Also, many smaller projects throughout the South West.

Creative Developments is associated with and works with many partners, stakeholders and organisations. We also have many memberships and sit on many creative industry groups, boards and associations. These include Institute of Business Consulting (part of Institute of Management) – Membership No. 004125667, Fellow of Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) – Membership No. 8001957. Association for Cultural Enterprises (ACE), Visual Arts South WestArts Marketing Association, South West Tourism Alliance, Somerset Arts Business Cultural Alliance: Member & Chairman, European Interest Group on Creativity and Innovation (“EICI”) – Member, chairman of Somerset Innovation + DesignTaunton Digital Innovation Group, and many more groups throughout the UK.

We don’t just talk and help build business. We also get involved in all forms of creative activities and helped organise festivals, art exhibitions, music events, creative workshops and training, community engagement projects, youth music and theatre, leadership, sector support activities and conferences, visual arts and much more.

We advise on matters of business planning, marketing, promotion, skills educations, funding (private and public), audience development, personal development, technology, partnership development, sector growth, operations procedures, marketing, branding, event management, policies, boards, leadership and ideas generation.

Did you know that we have advised over 1000 practitioners, organisations and businesses? Many who come from visual arts, arts and craft makers, venues and galleries, designers, community groups, sculptors, musicians, educational institutions, theatre production companies, writers, local councils and many more throughout the South West region.