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Interview with David Roberts, Senior Project Manager, Creative Launchpad

Research ProjectThe next interview for my research project on Perceptions of Coaching in the UK Creative Industries was with David Roberts, Senior Project Manager at Tribal, and responsible for Creative Launchpad projects across East and West Midlands.

Creative Launchpad has been set up by Tribal, and offers support services to the creative industries, both those operating in them, and those trying to support their development.

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Creative Launchpad offers advice, guidance, business support, 1-to-1 consultancy, training and seminars for creative clients – whether freelancers, microbusinesses or larger companies. It delivers projects across various areas in the West and East Midlands, to various target groups of clients, each offering a different type of support.

In this interview David opened up the discussion about management in the Creative Industries, by talking about the freelancers and microbusinesses that make up a significant portion of Creative Launchpad’s clients. These are businesses that operate outside of traditional management structures, and frequently ‘off the radar’ of statistical measures of the Creative Economy. When they become successful, these creative entrepreneurs are faced with the choice of staying small or growing their business – which inevitably involves questions about management, and whether it is appropriate to adopt ‘professional’ management practices from other industries.

The interview was the longest in the series so far, so I’ve divided it into two files. The first part looks at the structural and cultural issues relating to the network of creative enterprises in the West Midlands, including the choice of whether to stay small or grow larger. The second part considers the specific behaviours required of a manager in a growing creative business, and whether ‘coaching’ is a useful term to describe the style of management employed.

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Table of contents for Research: Perceptions of Coaching in the UK Creative Industries

  1. Take Part in My Research – ‘Perceptions of Coaching in the UK Creative Industries’
  2. Research Project: Definition of ‘Coaching’ for this Project
  3. Research Project: Definition of ‘Creative Industries’
  4. Questionnaire for Managers in the UK Creative Industries
  5. Questionnaire for Employees in the UK Creative Industries
  6. Online questions for UK Creative Industry Staff
  7. Interview with Mick Rigby, Managing Director, Monkey Communications
  8. Research Project Featured on ‘Better Business Blogging’
  9. Interview with Ruth Kenley-Letts, Film Producer
  10. Interview with Chris Arnold, Executive Creative Director, BLAC
  11. Interview with Russell Davies, Advertising Planning Maestro
  12. Interview with Chris Hirst, Managing Director, Grey London
  13. Interview with David Roberts, Senior Project Manager, Creative Launchpad
  14. Interview with Neil Youngson, Technical Director, Cabinet UK Ltd
  15. Interview with Greg Orme, Chief Executive, Centre for Creative Business
  16. Interview with Chris Grant, Consultant, 14A Conversations
  17. Interview with Antonio Gould, Consultant, and Sara Harris, Screen Media Lab
  18. Interview with Richard Scott, Surface Architects
  19. Interview with Ben Demiri, Brand Manager, SIX Showroom
  20. Interview with Sian Prime, NESTA Creative Pioneer Programme
  21. Interview with Jill Fear, CPD Manager, The Institute of Practitioners in Advertising
  22. Interview with Terry Childs, Creative Director, Silver Chair
  23. Interview with Matt Taylor, Director, Fat Beehive
  24. Interview with Mark Earls, Advertising Contrarian
  25. Interview with David Amor, Creative Director, Relentless Software