Creative Businesses in Brierley Hill Questionnaire 1.

Introduction The White Room have been appointed by Brierley Hill Regeration Partnership and other local partners to research the Arts & Creative Industry Sector in Brierley Hill, and to produce a Creative Industry Strategy and Action Plan. As part of the research we are undertaking a series of interviews with creative businesses in the area to understand their: Economic Impact Demand and uptake of business support Growth and barriers to growth Skills levels within the company Networks Markets Workspace needs Information needs Graduate placement opportunities Blog – Confidentiality. Only be used by The White Room as part of this research. Any quotes will be anynomised if preferred. 2. About your Company a) What does your company do (what services or products do you offer)?

b) When were you established?

c) Current no employees (FT, PT, and Freelance)

d) What was your turnover in the last financial year (please indicate with a X) Up to £5,000 £5,001 to £10,000 £10,001 to £25,000 £25,001 to £50,000 £50,001 to £100,000

£100,001 to £250,000 £250,001 to £500,000 £500,001 to £1,000,000 £1,000,001 to £2,000,000 £2,000,001 to £5,000,000 £5,000,001 to £10,000,000 e) Over the last year, has your turnover: (please indicate with a X) i) Increased ii) Stayed the same iii) Decreased f) In the next 5 years, do you expect your turnover to: (please indicate with a X) i) Increase ii) Stay the same iii) Decrease g) Where are your clients / customers located? (please indicate with a X) i) Black Country ii) West Midlands iii) North of England iv) London & the SE v) Elsewhere in the UK vi) Elsewhere overseas 3. Business support and skills development a) Are you a member of any trade organisation or network? b) Has your company used any of the following organisations for training or business support within the past five years? (please indicate with a X) A Further or Higher Education College A University Arts Council England Business Link Sector specific trade association Someone else – please indicate c) If you have accessed training or support within the past five years, please indicated the nature of this support. (please indicate with a X) Information services Business advice

Business / sector networks Finance / funding Training / professional development Mentoring d) How effective was the support?

e) How easy was it to find out about what support was available to you?

f) Are there any skills gaps in your company that you’re unable to address through existing training?

g) What support could be provided in future to help you achieve your objectives?

4) Your business environment a) What is the main reason your businesss is located where it is? (ie proximity to owner’s residence, transport, close to customer, cheap)

b) What are your workspace needs? (office space, studio space, a mixture of both)

c) Do you have any plans to relocate in the next 5 years? If so, please detail why & where to.

5) The future

a) In the next 5 years, do you expect your turnover to: (please indicate with a X) i) Increase ii) Stay the same iii) Decrease b) What do you think will be the key challenges that your sector will face over the coming years? Please give brief details below.

c) Which of the following would you say are barriers to growth for your enterprise or organisation? (please indicate with a X) Appropriate business premises Access to finance Access to sector-specific training, advice and information Attracting and retaining talent / skilled staff Limited market for your goods and services Suitable business networks Underdeveloped creative and cultural infrastructure Geographical location d) Finally, if you could change one thing that would help the creative economy to grow in Brierley Hill, what would that be?

5. Thank you! Please this survey email back to