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Creative Skillset (London)

Creative Skillset is a leading, UK based company that works with employers, individuals, trade associations, unions, learning and training providers, Government and its public agencies and other key organisations to ensure that the UK’s Creative Industries have continued access now, and in the future, to the skills and talent they require.
Creative Skillset supports skills and training for people and businesses by influencing and shaping policy, ensuring quality and by securing the vital investment for individuals to become the best in their field and for businesses to grow.


Performing Arts Network and Development Agency – PANDA (Manchester)

PANDA – The Performing Arts Network and Development Agency is a no-profit organization created in 2004 following research showing the need for business advice for the performing arts sector. PANDA’s mission is to proactively support a vibrant enterprise culture by nurturing talent, creating connections and providing an authoritative voice for the performing arts sector.
P.A.N.D.A supports individuals and organisations working in the performing arts or related sectors. It is a member led network and its mission is to nurture courage, connectivity, creative enterprise and collaboration. PANDA fills gaps in professional development provision, creates connections & build capacity through networking events, bespoke programmes and online resources. Its network consists of over 1400 individuals for whom they provide networking, training and information around the core performing arts skill – communication. PANDA deliberately encourages the different voices and perspectives its network attracts – from freelancer to institution, technician to artist, marketeer to teacher and its members are drawn from all live performance fields including circus, storytelling, theatre, dance and music. Its strength is in appreciating and learning from difference whilst highlighting commonalities. It receives local authority and Arts Council funding; it issub-contracted to deliver ERDF creative enterprise support.