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News article17 July 2018European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency1 min read



Last month we interviewed the inspiring David Parrish, the creative business adviser, trainer and management consultant about his fascinating career and what advice he had for past and future WORTH Partnership Project participants.

David has a large range of resources that are available to assist start-up enterprisers and creative entrepreneurs, which can be discovered on his website, he suggested to WORTH Partnership applicants that his book ‘T-Shirts and Suits’ would be of great benefit to them. The book ‘T-Shirts and Suits: A Guide to the Business of Creativity’ by David Parrish shows how successful creative businesses and cultural enterprises have used business methods appropriately and imaginatively to help them achieve their objectives.

The book is also available to download as a free eBook. T-Shirts and Suits is all about bringing together Creativity and Business in harmony – and helping creative people to use smart business ideas and tools. It is a metaphor for creative people (the ‘t-shirts’) being smart with business (‘suits’). The book explores how to be creative and also commercially successful. The book introduces an international community of creative entrepreneurs who share amazing business ideas that fit with their values and objectives.

T-Shirts and Suits is not only a book, but is a concept with many dimensions, including:

  • a book (and free eBook)
  • a Toolkit: ‘Designing Your Creative Business’
  • a Business Growth Framework
  • information, tools and inspiration
  • a network of creative entrepreneurs
  • a blog
  • articles about creativity and business
  • an award at the Creative Business Cup
  • a Facebook group
  • a LinkedIn group
  • a Coffee Club series of networking events
  • an iPhone app
  • a registered trade mark
  • a company

The T-Shirts and Suits® Business Growth Framework sets out the steps to creative business success. Information, tools and inspiration for creative people in business, including a Creative Industries Guide, videos, animations and free stuff that can be downloaded, shared and republished to help creative entrepreneurs become even more successful. Through David’s website, you can also find access to a plethora of resources relating to the T-Shirts and Suits concept including a Creative Enterprise Network, Facebook group, blogs, articles, prizes, an iPhone app and even a coffee club which gives you the opportunity to meet and connect with like-minded people.

Find out more aboure David Parrish through his website here.



Publication date
17 July 2018
European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency
News Type
  • Inspire