Public Speaking & Talks for Business & Creative Industries
With a reputation for being an advocate and ambassador for the creative industries, plus known for his animated and passionate talks and workshops, director Andrew Knutt has spoken at many creative industries and arts and culture conferences and events.
We have experience of talking on specific creative industries and arts and culture themes, various business subjects, case studies, and many other subjects. Additionally, we’ve been asked to help run breakout sessions, develop handouts and much more.
Andrew has spoken at national, regional and local conferences, trade events, trade dinners, project launches, music events, discourse events and much more.
If you would like Andrew to speak at your trade event, conference, workshop, or other event then simply get in touch with the details and theme.
Ambassador & Advocacy for Creative Industries, Art & Culture
For many projects we have been tasked with representating a project and the organisation that has been funded to deliver it and will not find a better advocate and ambassador to do this for you. Often these projects are government funded and require stakeholder buy in and need an advocate who can spread the word and attend network events and conferences.
Evidence of Andrew’s ambassadorship and advocacy is also shown by his past and present involvements as a leader, chairman or volunteer on many trade and community groups over the past 18 years.
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 West, Arts 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 + Design, Taunton 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.