Creative boost for fledgling firms

Peter Noble from Creative Community
Peter Noble from Creative Community

AN entrepreneur is launching a new business to help other fledgling entrepreneurs have a fighting chance to get started.

Pete Noble, who works as a business consultant, is set to unveil a project called Creative Community.

He told Business Update: “Its aim is to help those (predominantly within the creative industries) to set up and run their own sustainable e-commerce business.”

He believes the scheme could be timely and added: “With the unemployment rate as it is and the difficulties faced by students in acquiring positions relevant to their qualifications when finishing University, it seemed like a good idea to provide them with a flexible solution that could help them to generate their own revenue rather than relying on handouts.”

He said the scheme would allow those interested to set up for free.

Pete added: “People can join Creative Community for free, build their online shop for free, personalise it for free, upload as many products as they like, images, descriptions and even use our fully integrated e-marketing systems ... all for free. We provide payment services through Barclaycard and American Express.”

He said the project would also include “master classes” on subjects such as how to take pictures of your products, how to use social networking and the art of negotiation.

Pete added: “We’re being backed by a fairly broad range of networks, councils and colleges including: Hartlepool Economic Development department and Museums and Heritage department, Redcar and Cleveland Council, Hartlepool College of Further Education, Middlesbrough College, Teesside University, Hartlepool Arts Network and Cultural Conversations Teesside.

“But really, we need the average Joe to know as well, those who are not involved with arts networks and colleges, who still have creative skills that could be earning them money rather than having to rely on jobseeker’s allowance.

“The problem we’ve faced is that despite our intentions, there is currently no support available for SMEs when starting up, especially in the industry that were looking to assist.”

More details are available from www.creativecommunity-uk.org