British Council will over the next few years be supporting initiatives in Sri Lanka to develop a profile of the creative sector, establish its worth, develop skills and gain recognition for its value. During 5-7 November 2018, we ran an enterprise training course for creatives who are at the beginning of their career, and who are turning their creativity into a business. The Creative Enterprise Programme has been developed by NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts UK), the UK Innovation Foundation, and is delivered in partnership with the British Council. 

The Creative Enterprise Programme is a three-day practical workshop to help creative entrepreneurs turn their business ideas into reality. Over the three days you’ll learn the key aspects of setting up and running a creative business. The workshop is led by a Creative Enterprise Programme associate (and creative business entrepreneur in their own right) and features local guests and business experts. The associate will provide the support to help creative entrepreneurs explore their business ideas, develop their business proposition, and create a business model that suits their hopes and motivations. It brings Nesta’s Creative Enterprise Toolki​t to life, and uses a mixture practical exercises and activities that have been designed specifically for a workshop environment.

The Creative Enterprise Programme is for entrepreneurs who have a strong business idea but are yet to set up, who are in the early stages of establishing a business (0-3 years), or who have a creative business which hasn’t matured and significant change is planned. The focus is on the creative industries such as advertising, architecture, arts & culture, craft, design, fashion, gaming, music, publishing, technology, TV and film.