OFFER: Creative & Cultural Industries – 1:1 support surgeries

Free and subsidised 1:1 support if you need to talk things through

The Covid-19 disruption is hitting the creative, cultural, heritage, media and live events industries harder than most.

The team at always possible are offering structured 45 minute 1:1 surgeries for small and medium creative industries enterprises, freelancers and sole-traders.

You can use the time to talk in confidence to our experienced team of creative industry and business leaders.

Bring along any challenges, opportunities or big decisions with which you are grappling. From self-motivation to cashflow, marketing to grant funding – we’re on-hand to listen and chat through.

If we can’t give you any immediate advice, we’ll find someone who can.

Your challenges, experiences and needs can also help inform local decision-making in your area, as we will be ensuring that our local authority partners understand how the current situation is affecting your work – and that of businesses like yours.

Collected resources and support

You can find immediate resources, guidance and support collected together on our Covid-19 resource pages for:

// Creative & Culture

// Business & Enterprise

// Education & Community

Fully funded surgeries in Sussex and London

These sessions are currently fully funded for businesses and individuals based in:

Wimbledon, Mitcham, Morden and the London borough of Merton – delivered in partnership with Merton Cultural Advisory Group and funded by the London borough of Merton.

Brighton & Hove, Shoreham, Worthing and surrounding districts – delivered in partnership with Brighton Arts & Creative Industries Commission and funded by Brighton & Hove City Council.

There is an additional wealth of support and other resources for the Brighton & Hove arts sector at Culture In Our City.


If you don’t quality for a free session, you can book a surgery for the special cost price of £65+VAT.

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The always possible team has worked with hundreds of creative entrepreneurs, artists and makers over the past five years – on planning, decision-making, fundraising and positioning.

We are plugged in to key conversations that are happening across local authorities, government, national funders, local networks and thinktanks. We use our insight to work provide support and guidance for leaders looking at what’s next. 

The mentors on this project have a range of expertise in creative and business development, survival, growth and innovation.

You can read more about who you might speak to, by clicking on the names below:

Richard Freeman | Kate Regester | Lucy PaineJeremy Taylor | Tony Dillon | Will Rogers | Hilary Duggan | Vicky Tremain

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This call will be a structured and confidential 1:1 conversation to:

  • discuss where you are at and how the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted your plans
  • explore your key challenges and the opportunities for you/your organisation,
  • provide support to help you create a plan for your next steps
  • help you navigate the resources out there, signposting you to further specialist support if needed

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We aim to make the call as useful for you as possible by providing you with a brief overview of the conversation, including any links and supporting information, so you have it to refer to (within 2 working days).

Between May – June 2020 we will be running group webinars and roundtables to trouble-shoot specific issues based on the information you give us about what you most need – drawing on the skills of specialists when needed.

Data on what creative businesses need may be anonymised and aggregated for commissioning local authority, informing recovery strategy and future investment.

We will also arrange a follow up call for you between July-September, supporting any change in circumstance and/or your access to national/local support available.