The creative industries form the fastest-growing sector of the UK economy and will be central to the government’s new industrial strategy.

Through the Collaborate project, creative businesses can access up to 12 hours of fully-funded support from experienced business coaches and advisers from LCB Depot Business Growth Team and Creative Leicestershire.


This one-to-one support is available to businesses at all stages of their development. Support can include, but is not limited to, the following areas:

– Finding new customers, growing sales, marketing strategy
– Build your own online shop and SEO
– Financial planning
– Strategic business planning
– Leadership and management
– Staff development
– Exit strategies

Complete an enquiry form here and get started.

Case Study


“Collaborate has helped transform BabyGigs. Having the opportunity to discuss the business in-depth was invaluable.”

Eleanor Hodgkinson. Read the full case study here.





Case Study

“I felt confident this information was good and could be trusted. I’d recommend Collaborate to any creative business looking to grow.”

Jo Keogh of Jo Keogh Ceramics and The Clay Room. Read the full case study here


Targeted Workshops and Seminars

Workshops, business advice surgeries, seminars and networking events are organised regularly for creative businesses. Business surgeries typically last 30 minutes and provide an opportunity to chat about how your creative business could grow. A longer session is available by appointment.

Workshop and seminar topics include business planning, online trading, IP and contracts, crowdfunding, tax, pricing, managing finance and more. These free, sector-specific sessions provide an opportunity for you to learn, stay informed and connect with other businesses. Visit the events section for details. You can also visit LCB Depot’s Business Growth page and Creative Leicestershire website.

Customer feedback includes comments such as:

“Relaxed, plenty of discussion and plenty to consider for my business.”(Fashion designer)
“The workshop was very interactive and informative. Good presentation.” (publishing company)
“The workshop helped me to understand different types of marketing.” (graphic designer)


For inward investment enquiries please click the Space/Premises link above.  Workspace and studios for creatives, artists & designer-makers are available at LCB Depot, Phoenix Square & Makers Yard. Visit to check current availability.

In addition, LCB Depot offers 6 months free hot-desking to successful applicants on their Start-up Programme. More details can be found at

(Please note: Grants are no longer available but if you wish to be put on a waiting list should any new funding become available in the future please email us





Enquiry Form

If you are interested in receiving support through the Collaborate project you will need to register your business by completing this simple Enquiry Form.