What is it?

According to a report by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) for EE, the pop-up sector is worth £2.3bn to the UK economy. Many artists, community groups, new business start-ups, galleries, and arts and culture providers are now using these empty shops to house their products and ideas to help boost awareness and sales.

Now you too can get the information and ideas you need to succeed in creating and delivering your own pop-up in this informative workshop. From planning to legal, from marketing to funding, you’ll get the chance to go through our pop-up toolkit in a workshop environment and share ideas and questions throughout the day.

Who is it for?

This workshop is for Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole based artists, makers and creatives only.

This workshop is ideal for creative individuals, small businesses, start-ups, community groups, and organisations that are based in Dorset and wish to expand their reach and anyone who has the desire to have a commercial approach to their activities.

What will you go away with?

You will go away with a clearer understanding of what is required to succeed at running your own pop-up plus a firm plan on what steps you need to take to make it work for you or your organisation. You’ll also learn some tips and tricks and get the opportunity to network with like-minded individuals.

During the day you will go through each module of our Pop-up Toolkit and learn about:

Part 1 – Writing a Plan

Part 2 – Managing Risk

Part 3 – Planning a Budget

Part 4 – Understanding Business Rates

Part 5 – Finding Funding

Part 6 – Getting In

Part 7 – Planning the Space

Part 8 – Marketing

Part 9 – When Your Open

Part 10 – Useful Equipment

Part 11 – Packing Up

Who is speaking?

Andrew Knutt has over 18 years’ experience as a creative industries business professional with an array of knowledge and know how on achieving results. As a qualified business advisor Andrew has successfully started and sold three businesses over the past 20 years, is founding director of arts and culture organisation Creative Innovation Centre, an Associate of The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), member of The Association for Cultural Enterprises, chairman of Somerset Innovation + Design, board member of South West Design, and well known for his informal and optimistic approach to delivering business focused workshops and events.

What to bring

The session will have a practical focus so come prepared to talk about your offer, your ideas and your challenges. Should you wish to bring some images of your work please do

Laptops and iPads are welcome but not essential

If you are a Sole Trader please bring your Unique Tax Reference Number, if you own a registered company/organisation please bring your registration number.

We will be providing lunch and refreshments, please be sure that you let us know your dietary requirements on the Eventbrite Event Registration.

How to book

  • Spaces are limited, only one place available per business
  • If you book and find that you are unable to attend, please cancel your ticket as soon as possible and at least 48 hours prior to the workshop. This allows us to release the booking to others that are on a waiting list

This Culture+ workshop is specifically for artists and creative practitioners based in Dorset. Culture+ is funded by Arts Council England and the European Regional Development Fund. It is providing support for the creative industry strand of the Dorset Growth Hub programme lead by WSX Enterprise.


22 November 2018
9:30 – 16:00


Holton Lee

Holton Heath


BH16 6JN

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