Creative Enterprise Toolkit | British Council – Nesta

The British Council has partnered with Nesta to share their Creative Enterprise Toolkit with creative start-ups around the world.


The British Council partnered with UK innovation agency Nesta to internationalise their Creative Enterprise programme, which helps creative professionals turn their skills into a business. It’s aimed at people whose businesses are no more than two years old.

The training introduces creative and practical tools which offer a useful framework for developing, testing and turning creative ideas into a sustainable practice. The workshops are participatory, allowing people to explore and develop their own values, skills, ambitions and confidence. They also encourage participants to question each other’s models, on the basis that creative practices need to stand up to scrutiny if they are to be resilient and sustainable.

These workshops have run in Nigeria, Russia, UAE, Turkey, Macedonia, Albania and Brazil, and the programme continues to roll out globally. They have translated the Toolkit into Mandarin, Turkish, Russian, Vietnamese and Portuguese and made them available as free downloads.

Creative Enterprise Toolkit

The Toolkit has been designed to help creative founders develop their business ideas step-by-step and discover – within a tried and tested framework – what values and relationships are important to their enterprises. So far, they have helped develop the skills capacity of over 500 creative enterprise founders globally.

In addition to the free Creative Enterprise Toolkityou can also download the worksheets, tutor notes and case studies here.

You can read about British Council global case studies here.