No more Custard!

After many happy years the Creative Launchpad team are very sad to be saying goodbye to the Custard Factory. We are hoping that this will be a short term measure and that we’ll be back in sunny Digbeth again one day – the work on Devonshire House is looking great – but in the meantime we’re moving in with our other Tribal colleagues at our very swish city centre offices on Great Charles Street. I’m sure we’re going to miss coming to work and not knowing whether there’ll be a band playing outside, a vintage clothing sale or a TV show being filmed!

The whole team would like to thank everyone who has supported us in the time we have been at the Custard Factory and particularly to all those creative businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs who have crossed our threshold and made every day different.

CLP – the service

 After two years as creative industries specialist providers in the West Midlands, Creative Launchpad has decided not to continue with delivery of the Business Link start up service. We will still be sending out our newsletter, packed full of opportunities and are working on a couple of projects which should see us rolling out the full Creative Launchpad service again later this year – so watch this space for updates!


Sadly, one thing that be coming with us in the move to our new office is Andy Blakemore, one of our business advisors. However, Andy has been helping people along the tricky road to self-employment and entrepreneurship for such a long time that we’re sure he’ll be popping up again somewhere in the wonderful world of business advice – not so much a goodbye as a TTFN. He has been an asset to the team and will be missed by us all- we all wish him the best of luck for the future.

Solihull and North Solihull

We’re still running our business advice service for businesses, both creative and non-creative sector, in the Solihull and North Solihull area. As always our service is FREE, confidential, friendly and impartial with regular 1-2-1 advice sessions currently being held in Solihull and Chelmsley Wood. So if you are thinking of starting your own business or have been trading for less than 12 months and need a bit of extra support, call Marcus on 07919 413925 or email


Thanks again for all of your support over the past few years and we wish you all the very best of luck for a fantastic creative future,

Carla, Olivia, Marcus, Andy and Jon.


One response to “No more Custard!

  1. Delphine de Noire

    Dear Marcus, Carla, Olivia, Andy and John,
    I am so sorry to hear of your departure from the Custard Factory. I myself recieved so much help and encouragement from you all with my dreams and ambitions to become self-employed as an Artist, Sculptor, Poet andWriter. And despite a few set-backs and obstacles, which I am recieving help with, I continue to go from strength to strength. I have had much of my work featured in groups of the on-line gallery that I belong to. I have just been featured as a Poet there also. I can’t begin to tell you what it means to have Artists and Poets whom I admire, honour and respect, feel the same way about me. I have joined the Poetry Society and I am looking for a studio. As I believe this will be much more appropriate than trying to work from home. I am becoming braver and more willing to take risks. However, I am working on a solid business plan at the moment. I may well take a studio at the custard factory if possible. I think being and working amongst other Artists would suit me better. And oppurtunities always present themselves when one is in the thick of it so to speak. I look forward to hearing from you and will keep in touch. Kind Regards Delphine x

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