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Invitation to join The Artery peer support network

Thanks to funding from York and North Yorkshire Growth Hub, we are delighted to offer a peer support programme for creative business owners in the Craven area. The programme comprises six in-person sessions with the option of three one-hour mentoring sessions. 

The programme dates: 4th January 2024, 25th January 2024, 15th February 2024, 7th March 2024, 28th March 2024, 18th April 2024). 

The venue:  The Education Room, Skipton Town Hall, High Street, Skipton, BD23 1AH. 

Time: 9:30 to 12:30

The Artery is:

  • A safe space
  • A collective of like-minded people
  • A forum for creatives to discuss and resolve their business challenges
  • A space to try out new ideas
  • A place to share success
  • A place of connection and support

The group relies on active involvement and participation. It is a flexible group that complements business needs. We use creative means to help develop your creative business. The focus is on you story of change: where your creative business is now, and where you want to be. The programme, underpinned by Action Learning, is designed to help you affect change. Click here to find stories of change from existing group members. 

If you would like to take part, follow the Register now link to sign up and we will be contact to confirm your place. If you have any queries, please contact Karen Merrifield (Karen@ieltd.co.uk)

Who’s involved?

The peer support network is facilitated by Karen Merrifield and Leo Devine.

Karen Merrifield has worked in the business, creative and cultural sectors. She sees the strengths of all three, particularly the cross over and the gaps where those working in the different sectors can inform and support each other.  Karen’s freelance practice focuses on learning, she works with heritage venues and visitor attractions on strategic change through to individual learning programmes. Story telling is at the heart of Karen’s work. She is particularly attracted to stories that make a difference; stories of change.

Leo Devine transformed the BBC’s silo-based newsgathering and planning operation into a multi-skilled and multi-media way of working. Leo is based in Cornwall but digital engagement means he is able to join offer his expertise and support around communication and organisational development. Leo enjoys working with undergraduates through to multi-national businesses. His focus is improving communication and management skills. Leo has just provided a programme of support to young journalists, covering the G7 in Cornwall alongside international media outlets.