GLIDE Creative Entrepreneurs Bootcamp

BNU GLIDE Bootcamp

Free help to set up your own business

Got creative skills to pay the bills? Ever thought of starting your own business?

Now is a great time – the rules are being re-written.

You might be thinking I’m a creative! I wouldn’t know where to begin when it comes to business.


Who is it for?

Anyone aged 16 or above with an interest in turning their creativity into a living.

Perhaps you are:

  • studying at college or uni, or a recent graduate considering your next steps
  • not in employment and would like a career that fits around your needs and commitments
  • employed but considering a side hustle

The GLIDE Bootcamp for creative entrepreneurs is a week of free, online specialist workshops taking place from the 6th – 10th of December. It will give you a solid grounding in the fundamentals of starting your own business, from concept to company to brand growth.

The programme has been designed by creatives for creatives. The content is relevant and realistic.

What will I learn about?

Register for the Bootcamp as whole, then mix and match from the available workshops to build your own Bootcamp training plan. Click here to learn more about the workshop leaders.

Mon 6th December

  • 10:00-12:30 Pitch It Right – An intro to Business Model Canvas and workshop to help with communicating what your business offers and what problems you are solving for customers
  • 16:30-19:00 Price with Confidence – Good pricing means being competitive while making the profit you need. This workshop will help you make sense of pricing structures

Tues 7th December

  • 10:00-12:30 Standing Out in a Crowd – This workshop will cover key elements of brand identity, creating and communicating your value proposition, and how to effectively communicate your brand story to your audience.
  • 16:30-19:00 Developing Online Audiences – Hear from Jody Raynsford, an acclaimed copywriter who knows how to create simple and compelling messages online.

Wed 8th December

  • 10:00-12:30 Tools for the Job – This workshop shows you how to identify the equipment, technology and expertise you need to drive your business forwards.
  • 16:30-19:00 Fine-tune Your Business Plan – This workshop aims to help potential business owners focus on some of the most impactful elements of their business plan.

Thurs 9th December

  • 10:00-12:30 Confidence with Data – This session has been designed to give you the confidence to know what data you have and know if / how and when you might use it.
  • 16:30-19:00 Your Perfect Customer – This workshop helps you look at who is, and isn’t, buying from you and why.

Fri 10th December 9:00-13:00

  • The first three years: what to expect when growing your business – When you’re establishing your business, you rarely have time to take a step back, review your progress and think about where you’re heading. This workshop looks at the first three years of running a creative business, with guidance, tips and exploration of the risks/opportunities.
  • Business health checks; good decision making; balancing strategy and operations; business structure; tax and finances; intellectual property; bootstrapping or getting investment; avoiding burnout.

PLUS… social media surgeries throughout the week with Letitia McConalogue to focus on any social media woes! Book in for a 30 minute session dedicated to auditing your current social media channels and strategies, including:

  • tips on optimising your profiles, scheduling, content types and content creation
  • exploring engagement, strategy, consistency and time management (batching)
  • choosing your platforms and reading/understanding your insights
  • myth-busting and troubleshooting


Here’s what previous participants said about the programme:

I’ve had a big dream to start a creative business for years, but not known where to begin!
Thanks to GLIDE I’ve learnt so much in a short space of time from a variety of inspirational experts. I now have the knowledge and tools to create a realistic business plan and a road map to put my plan into operation.

Emma was really great at communicating a straight forward way to approach business planning.

Absolutely loved both Meg and Jody’s sessions, SO many takeouts it’s hard to just choose one.

This has been such an interesting and valuable session. Thank you for sharing such golden content.

Sounds amazing! How do I join?

You are a step away from signing up to a unique programme that might change your future.

Complete the registration form embedded on this page or click here to open the form in another browser tab. If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact the GLIDE team and we’ll be happy to help.

GLIDE for creatives who want to start a business

GLIDE is serious about confidentially and processes data according to the lawful basis of Article 6(1)(e) of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the EU Common Provisions Regulation (CPR) and Article 6 of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The Creative Entrepreneurs Bootcamp is delivered by always possible as part of the GLIDE project, on behalf of Buckinghamshire New University and is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) 2014-2020 Programme.

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