Introducing Durham Creatives

Durham Creatives is managed by People Into Enterprise Ltd. We have been helping creative people start up in business for many years.

We’ve found that when people get to grips with the idea of what it means to be enterprising, and do a little ‘sideways thinking’, fantastic things can happen.

Part of our passion for this comes from getting stuck into creative businesses ourselves, taking in such things as dance, crafts and product design (and, slightly left field, starting a pleasure boat service on the River Tyne) and we know from first-hand experience that doing it for real is not the same as the theory would sometimes have it. So, for example, if you want to see a real business plan for a real creative business we’ll show you one - and tell you what went right and what went wrong when the business hit the road.

Our team has a rich variety of backgrounds – there are the Masters degrees in Entrepreneurship which underpin our work but we’ve also got our share of dyslexia and the sort of school experiences that could barely be described as a preparation for working life.

This is really important because it led us to the big insight that got us going in the first place: the realisation that making great things happen is mostly about attitude and rather less about academic prowess, or having money, or even about having the a full palette of skills (fortunately, other people have these things, you just have to get them on board).

We know that creative people are often immersed in what they do, to the exclusion of pretty much anything else. So we’re happy to cajole, nudge and encourage anyone who thinks that they might just have creative talents that someone else will value (by dipping in to their wallets!).

Here are just a few of the successful creative people we’ve enjoyed working with down the years who’ve contributed enormously to showing that the region is as receptive to creative talent as anywhere else:

  • Nick James. Furniture designer maker and founder of the Mushroom Works CIC and the Brick Works in Newcastle housing studio space for upwards of 50 artists/makers, a gallery and providing professional development resources.
  • Rachel Unthank. Founder of the critically acclaimed and Mercury prize nominated folk band ‘The Unthanks’.
  • Steve Landles. Prize winning Photographer based in Fowler’s Yard, Durham.
  • Paul Moss. Successful artist, curator and agent, now selling his and other artists works across the UK and America. Paul was formerly artist in residence at Durham Cathedral.
  • Steve Bainbridge – The Beat Suite, Newcastle
  • Effie Burns – Effie Burns Glass & Cobalt Creative Cluster, Newcastle

Funded By

Durham County Council Altogether Wealthier