Students on the NFTS’ Creative Business for Entrepreneurs & Executives diploma (CBEE) have benefitted from inspiring talks and tuition from more than 200 leading figures from the UK’s Creative Industries since its launch in 2012. Speakers include Richard Branson who talked to students on Skype from his caribbean island, and CBEE course Sponsor Patrick McKenna, CEO of Ingenious at his company's HQ in Soho, London.

The course gives entrepreneurs and executives all of the skills to design, test and launch their own business proposal or new ventures - across all of the media industries – and the networking contacts to build their business.

Participants are introduced to major players within each sector; receive on-going one-to-one business coaching; practical sessions on the mechanics of business (pitching, presentation, marketing, branding, accountancy, legal and business affairs, management training); where appropriate can be introduced to investors; and leave with either a business proposal that can be taken to investors or a plan for a new venture within an existing business.

Recent speakers have included these speakers from across the creative industries:


Henny Finch - Executive Producer, Headlong Theatre

David Sabel – Director, Broadcast and Digital, National Theatre
James Seabright - Producer, Seabright Productions


Jamie Byng - MD, Canongate Books

Jonny Geller - Joint CEO, Curtis Brown

Joanna Prior - MD, Penguin General Books

Rebecca Smart - MD, Ebury Publishing

Charlie Redmayne - CEO, Harpercollins
Simon Johnson - Group Managing Director, HarperCollins UK & Int


Martin Mills - Founder, Beggars Banquet

Max Lousada - Chairman & CEO, Warner Records UK

Marc Marot - MD, Crown Management

Korda Marshall - Founder, Infectious Music
Stephen Godfroy-  Director, Rough Trade Retail
Paul Hitchman - President, International, Kobalt Label Services


Tim Bevan - Founder & Chairman, Working Title Films
Iain Canning - Producer, See Saw Films

Simon Franks ­– Founder, Redbox Distribution
Andrew Cripps - President, EMEA, IMAX

Efe Cakarel - Founder, MUBI

Paul Webster - Producer, Shoebox Films

Rory Aitken - Producer, 42mp

Allan Niblo Founder, Vertigo Films

Matthew Justice - MD, Big Talk

Alex Graham - CEO, Wall To Wall

John McVay - CEO, PACT

Andy Harries -  MD, Left Bank Pictures

Gareth Neame - CEO, Carnival Films

Steve Morrison - CEO, All3Media

Anthony Rose - Co-Founder, Zeebox


Ian Livingstone - Life Chairman, Eidos

Mike Bithell - Founder, Mike Bithell Games


Online/ digital entertainment
Darran Garnham - Chief Commercial Officer, Mindcandy

Michael Comish - Founder, Blinkbox

Jack Harries - Founder & Presenter, JacksGap


Finance consultants
Patrick McKenna - CEO, Ingenious

Duncan Reid - Commercial Director, Ingenious

David Potter - Chairman/Director of Spark Ventures, Otus VCT & Quercus

Tom Teichman - Chairman, Spark Ventures


Don’t miss your chance to gain expert tuition and inspiration from the UK’s leading names in the creative industries.


APPLY by October 19th for the CBEE diploma


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