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Going for Growth 2019
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25/01/19

We're delighted to announce the return of our popular member's course, Going for Growth. Read all the specifics here!

Looking for support to grow your business? We’re delighted to announce the return of our members’ course, Going for Growth and applications are open now. This will be the second time we’ve run Going for Growth (after a successful pilot in summer 2018). It’s a six week course that’s designed to offer expert advice on taking your creative business to the next level, running every Monday afternoon from 25 February to 1 April.

You can apply online now - please submit your application by 9am on Tuesday 5 February.

Applications are open to annual paying Creative Edinburgh members (Independent, Student, Team Player and Leader tiers). If you’re unsure if you’re eligible, contact us at info@creative-edinburgh.


When and where?
In Spring 2019, Going for Growth will take place at Hill Street Design House. Sessions will run from 1.30pm-5pm on six consecutive Mondays, starting Monday 25 February and ending Monday 1 April.


What’s on the programme?
Each week of the course tackles a specific aspect of growing your business.

Mon 25 Feb
Identifying opportunities, setting goals and tackling challenges
Facilitator: Caroline Parkinson

Mon 4 Mar
Business and financial planning
Facilitator: Caroline Parkinson

Mon 11 Mar

Social media and marketing
Facilitator: Katie Goudie

Mon 18 Mar

Time, people and project management
Facilitator: Jessica Armstrong

Mon 25 Mar

Raising funds, making sales and keeping clients
Facilitator: TBC

Mon 1 Apr

Celebrating success and planning for the future
Facilitator: Caroline Parkinson


The course as a whole aims to offer:

- The opportunity to take a step outside the day-to-day that often consumes a creative's time and pushes future goals to the back burner

- Focus and guidance to create an achievable plan that pushes your business to the next level

- Connections to the right advice and support, tailored for your needs and suited to where you are now

- Practical assistance with sourcing the components that will make the next steps happen

- Support from the Creative Edinburgh community and a cohort of peers with which to share and reflect upon your journey

- Coaching and training to kick your plans into action


Who can apply?

Applications for Going for Growth are open to annual paying Creative Edinburgh members (Independent, Student, Team Player and Leader tiers). If you’re not sure if you’re eligible, contact us at info@creative-edinburgh.

Submit your application online by 9am on Monday 4 February.

There are 10-12 places available and applying does not guarantee entry to the course. Successful applicants will be contacted by Creative Edinburgh on Thursday 7 February.


What we’re looking for from applicants

To qualify for Going for Growth, we need you to:

- Have a business that has been operational for at least a year

- Submit a story of an idea or an area of business you wish to grow

- Tell us about the factors that are preventing you from taking next steps - showing a realistic and honest reflection on what you need to move forward

- Commit to participating in all six sessions as far as is foreseeable, and participating in the process

- Be willing to share your journey for evaluation purposes, participate in marketing activities and follow upBe a Creative Edinburgh member (Independent, Team Player or Leader), and be willing to share knowledge gained through the programme at Creative Edinburgh events and / or as a mentor after the course is over.


How much does it cost?

As an annual paying Creative Edinburgh member, If your application is successful, the course is FREE.

Creative Edinburgh Membership start from £50 a year for Independent members ( £25 for Students) and includes multiple benefits including access to our Going for Growth programme.

If you have any questions about membership, please do get in touch at info@creative-edinburgh.com.

Apply for Going for Growth online.

This programme is supported by Creative Scotland.

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