The Business Survival Toolkit
The tools you need to help your creative business plan, adapt and grow.
Whether you are self-employed, run a small creative team, or manage a cultural business of two hundred people, this toolkit is for you. It offers hands-on tools to help with the big decisions arts, heritage and creative organisations make every day.
Looking to start up a new creative business? Wondering how to build a marketing strategy? Need help with governance or fundraising issues? This toolkit is here to help you act now.
Who has built the toolkit?
The Business Survival Toolkit is a service from Creative & Cultural Skills, the Sector Skills Council for the creative industries, in partnership with the Crafts Council, the Cultural Leadership Programme, the Design Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
What’s in the toolkit?
Over 70 familiar and not so familiar tools are included. They are flagged according to the size of your business, but do feel free to mix and match. We actively encourage you to adapt any of the tools to suit your situation.
'Business' and 'enterprise' are the terms used throughout to ensure we have covered all the organisational types in the sector. This ranges from the sole trading silversmith to the major museums, from social enterprises to Limited Companies.
What is the toolkit for?
The toolkit has been developed to help you:
- Manage reductions in income
- Reduce costs
- Improve performance
- Grow income
- Prepare for the future upturn and the longer-term
It has been designed to encourage you to:
- ask yourself the brutal questions
- be honest about your strengths and weaknesses
- analyse your current business model
- prioritise effectively
- consider new ways of working
- focus on action
- be prepared for the upturn
When do I use it?
Now - it’s never too early to plan the future of your business.
How do I use it?
The toolkit includes four stages, based on the following questions:
Where are you now?
Where are you going?
What do you need to do to get there?
How do you make it happen?
- Woolwich: London’s latest creative hub
- Vanishing Point
- The plight of some major drama schools
- We must harness the positive of technological change
- Scherrikar Bell, actor
- The success of the live music industry depends on grassroots venues
- What can we learn about careers advice from YouTubers?
- Digital Design Career Zone
- Apprenticeships for the Creative Industries
- The future workforce, diversity and social mobility
- How do we solve the lack of diversity in technical and production in the arts?
- Apprenticeships are a journey worth taking
- Young people have the skills our sector needs for the future
- Andrea Pugliese, cultural experience designer
- Students attend Portsmouth Guildhall’s fourth Creative Choices day
- Good work experience is vital, but are businesses ready to deliver it?
- If we’re not careful, we could be left out of Post-16 skills training
- The future workforce: Are you ready?
- Partnerships offer opportunity for hands-on experience
- Design skills are vital to UK productivity but businesses face a growing skills gap
- What can a guitar god teach you about networking?
- Telling young people about the magic of the creative sector
- Review of National Occupational Standards - online consultation
- NSA acheivements in 2017
- Moving on after an apprenticeship
- 3 entry-level jobs to kick-start your writing career
- How has 2017 fared?
- What does a Senior Technician do for a theatre?
- Being a Marketing and Sales Officer
- Being an Education Projects Coordinator
- Production & programming for a theatre
- Being a Theatre Manager
- What does an Associate Artist do?
- Creative Digital Careers Infographics
- Global Talent Report
- The Future of Skills
- Design Museum Student Awards
- A Manager’s Guide to Apprenticeships
- Get creative with Talnet
- Get into learning and participation
- Sofie Boons, Head of British Academy of Jewellery
- How to nail your graduate CV for the creative industries
- Apprenticeship Information Events
- Scene Change Report
- Creative Education Forum 2017
- Being a creative team coordinator
- Apprenticeships for the Creative Industries
- Theatre Workforce Review
- What are you getting wrong with entry-level recruitment?
- Diversity in theatre: small players leading the way
- Work experience with a video production company
- Work experience with a digital agency
- Work experience with a creative media arts centre
- Work experience with a children’s media company
- How to record a podcast
- How to make a storyboard
- How to design a product
- How to create a video on iMovie
- What does the ‘hung parliament’ mean for apprenticeships in the creative sector?
- What could the 2017 General Election do for the UK’s creative skills gap?
- How can an organisation benefit from an intern?
- Interns with the Northern Ireland Creative Employment Programme
- A backstage look at Leeds Festival
- Getting started in the creative and cultural industries
- Moving forward from a creative apprenticeship
- How Wac Arts supports young people and their performing arts careers
- Apprentices and Interns of the Creative Employment Programme
- Student Success at Youth Awards
- Abi Horsfield, transitions outreach manager
- Amy Backwell, industry liaison intern
- Emma Morsi, digital marketing apprentice
- How will we improve Creative Choices
- Sheree Vickers, artistic director
- RSA Student Design Awards team
- 6 ways to successfully enter the creative industries
- Hannah Fiddy, flashmob producer
- Building a Creative Nation in China
- World-first in apprenticeship technology
- Building a Creative Nation: Diveristy and Fair Access
- Start your career in Film, T.V. and Stage
- Welsh National Opera announce the first winner of their opera Design Challenge
- Why you need to be at our conference on March 2nd!
- Havering College is turning 70
- Help Musicians NI and Creative & Cultural Skills
- Kensington and Chelsea College student wins first prize
- The Working Internationally Regional Project
- Belfast Metropolitan as a Leadership College
- Shortlist announced for the Welsh National Opera Design Challenge
- 6 top tips for finding work experience in a creative design studio
- Creative Choices Live! in Suffolk
- April Skipp, marketing and development intern
- 110 years of Belfast Metropolitan College
- Jack Homer, technical arts student
- Getting the right careers advice for the creative industries
- Creative Tutors: how to make work experience work
- Barking & Dagenham teacher in running for award
- Going for Gold with Arts Award
- Apprenticeship standard: Learning and Participation Officer
- Surviving as an actor outside London
- Connecting with Industry
- Technical Theatre Level 2 Diploma
- Theatrical Make-up | Level 3 | Diploma
- Performing Arts (Acting) Level 3 Diploma
- Performing Arts (Dance) Level 3 Diploma
- Technical Theatre Level 3 Diploma
- FD in Music and Production (HEFCE) Yr1 Programme
- Introduction to Music - Diploma in Music Performance & Production (Level 2) Programme
- Intermediate Music - Diploma in Music Performance & Production (Level 3) Programme
- Music Professional Practice - Extended Diploma (Level 3) (Direct Entry Yr2) Programme
- Introduction to Pro Tools Programme
- Improvers Guitar Programme
- Beginner’s Drum Kit Programme
- Improvers Keyboards Programme
- Beginners Singing Programme
- Improvers Singing Programme
- Beginners Guitar Programme
- DJ Skills Programme
- Introduction to Music Technology Programme
- Logic Pro X Programme
- Beginners Keyboards Programme
- Dance Professional Practice - Extended Diploma (Level 3) (Direct Entry Yr2) Programme
- Intermediate Dance - BTEC National Foundation Diploma (Level 3) Programme
- Introduction to Dance - BTEC First Diploma (Level 2) Programme
- HNC in Performing Arts (Dance) (HEFCE) Programme
- Drama Professional Practice - Extended Diploma (Level 3) (Direct Entry Yr2) Programme
- Introduction to Drama - BTEC First Diploma (Level 2) Programme
- Intermediate Drama (Dip in Performing & Production Arts) (Level 3) Programme
- Technical Theatre Arts - Diploma in Production Arts (Level 3) Programme