Downloadable Resources

You will find here advice and resources for applicants and anyone wanting to start or grow a creative enterprise.

Resource directory

A directory of some useful sources of information and advice for creative entrepreneurs.

DBACE glossary for entrepreneurs

This is an A- Z business glossary of common business terms that will assist you in running your business and in completing elements of the DBACE application process.

Tips for making your application

Here you will find our top tips to help you in completing the on-line form.

Advice for making your video pitch

Here is some advice for making your video pitch.


Here you will find answers to common questions about the DBACE award.

Tips from the DBACE 2019 panels

Here you will find some fantastic tips from the judges involved in last year’s programme.

Financial forecasting template 

A new DBACE resource for 2021, the Financial Forecasting template is a tool to inform your thinking and provide support when considering your enterprise’s numbers. Be aware that after your own use and manipulation formulas can adjust and it by no means ensures a correct financial forecast, so we encourage you to keep a close eye on your entries when using the spreadsheet. The template was referred to in detail during the DBACE Financial Forecasting webinar, which you can catch up on here.

DBACE guide to writing a plan

The guide helps applicants, as well as aspiring creative entrepreneurs in general, organise their idea and consider the sustainability of their venture.
The guide is a form of workbook, comprised of different worksheets, you can dip in and out of, or work chronologically through each.
As you work through the worksheets you will discover more about your work and how to express the impact it has.
The approach works for creatives, people with ambitions to set up a new enterprise and with established businesses who want to increase their impact.
Here, we have given you the option of downloading the complete guide or individual worksheets.
The following are individual worksheets, from the guide, which you can download as standalone files.

Videos: inspiration and advice