The Cultural Enterprise Office, alongside Scotland CAN DO, is thrilled to announce the launch of their new leading-edge programme, the Creative Entrepreneurs Club (CEC). A unique member-driven support community, the CEC offers tailored support, accessible, practical content and engaging structured events, as well as a highly searchable directory for networking and collaboration.
In a climate where it’s easier than ever to hear directly from your client base, CEC has determined that their competitive advantage is to listen, putting their members at the heart of their new offering.
“The idea was really to look at how we could best serve our community in the current landscape and modernise the offer, accordingly, removing all the barriers and giving our members genuine help the way they want it.” Shares CEO, Rachael Brown.
The membership scheme, which launches today, offers a choice of free and paid memberships, both of which include a range of benefits such as access to events, resources, discounts and the directory. Membership is open to entrepreneurs at all stages of business development, from those creatives toying with a possible business idea, all the way to those leading some of the country’s top creative enterprises, and of course, everyone in between.
The team endeavour to cater for a such a varied membership by offering targeted events with micro-focused themes for specific audiences. Each event has a clear topic, outcomes and ideal audience profile, meaning everyone in the room should be at the right level for the content.
‘The problem with most events is a one size fits all approach combined with an if you build it they will come attitude. What we’re doing at CEC is letting our members tell us what they want and how and when they want it and then giving it to them. It’s that simple.’ States Co-Founder Medeia Cohan. ‘This way everyone gets what they need in a way that suits their stage of business.’
The CEC team are working hard to programme events that cover in-demand subjects, in a new way such as their upcoming Legal Agony Aunt evening, as well as less-covered topics such as ‘What to do When Clients Don’t Pay’ masterclass.
‘There is a huge amount of care that’s gone into building an offering that is sustainable, authentic and of the highest possible quality, which we believe will result in a real impact for members,’ states CEO board chairman, Gwilym Gibbons
The team behind the CEC aren’t the only ones who are committed to the scheme’s success. They’ve recruited founding members from across the creative sector to help inform their development and drive their membership recruitment, including Axis founder, Richard Scott, The Skinny Magazine founder, Sophie Kyle, Forty Clothing founder, Harry Miller, SWG3 founder, Andrew Fleming Brown, journalist, DJ and television executive, Stuart Cosgrove, Photographer Elaine Livingston, Too Gallus Studio founder, Barrington Reeves, Risotto Studios founder, Gabriella Marcella and
many more. In addition to their role as advisors to the programme, these founding members will also deliver training sessions across the year.
Interested parties can visit https://creativeentrepreneursclub.co.uk/ for more details on joining, member benefits and upcoming events.