EXPERTS from The Arches project and the business support community will be helping Worcester companies and traders at a creative business drop-in event next week.

The advisers will be available to help businesses with a range of issues and challenges at the event in the undercroft of Worcester Cathedral on Thursday, September 16, from 3pm-5pm.

No appointments are necessary and anyone can attend, from people with an idea top start a business, through start-ups to businesses which are already trading.

Advisers can help signpost businesses to further free support, or give specific information on issues like starting a business, marketing, protecting a brand and accessing data and business intelligence.

The advisers include:




John Holmes, Managing Director, Advantage Creative

John comes from a creative industries background, with more than 20 years of experience in managing creative and cultural businesses including theatres, festivals, museums, tourism and marketing agencies.

He works with Advantage Creative’s partners on the design and delivery of creative industries incubator and accelerator programmes, and creative industries development projects.

Andy Jackson, ceo, i•CREATiON

Andy is entrepreneur in residence for the Arches project in Worcester. He also an experienced team of super-creative writers, designers, photographers and videographers, as well as game designers, coders, web designers and digital marketers to vitalise internal and customer-facing communications.

i•CREATiON are digital innovators with an eye on the latest channels and ideation flowing in from partners and friends in all sectors, with decades of experience of producing award-winning, engaging content that works.




Peter Daniel, Blue Orchid

Peter is an entrepreneur and director with more than 10 years’ business experience including four years’ direct business adviser experience. Having built his own business from the ground up Peter keen to pass on hard earned knowledge of how business operate in the real world, looking at operation aspects set up and planning for the future.




Jayne Green, Royal Television Society

Having left school at 18 with no qualifications to shout about, Jayne is a strong advocate for transferable skills and has built a career on making friends with people!

Jayne started her working life with the Royal Bank of Scotland in 1990 and became the top sales manager in the UK in 1995. Following this success, she started her own financial services companies which she ran for nine years before taking a consultancy role in local government.

Jayne joined the Midlands Centre of the Royal Television Society 10 years ago.

Her other roles include consultant to the School of Arts at the University of Worcester, operations manager for Caretta Research and business development manager for Worcester Cathedral.




Kathryn Gilham, Worcestershire Business & IP Centre

Kathryn is one of the team at BIPC Worcestershire which provides free and accessible business advice through the county’s libraries service, including support, information and resources you can trust to help you on your business journey. 

Whether you’re just starting out, need advice on protecting your assets, or are ready to take the next step in your business journey, Business & IP Centre Worcestershire can help