Creative Ambitions

Our first-ever freelancer skills programme, is focussed on practical and engaging content.  Delivered online, it will up-skill, re-skill and re-ignite your passion for your work.

How it works

Creative Ambitions features a curated selection of modules, live group discussions and access to a closed community space. 

Once you register for the programme, you can attend an optional welcome session. In this session you will meet the facilitators and have an opportunity to ask questions and meet some fellow creatives.

Feel free to go at your own pace. You might want to do every session or just some of them. It’s up to you.

Is Creative Ambitions right for me?

This programme has been designed to support freelancers who have been adversely affected by the pandemic. If you want the tools to rebuild, refocus and re-energise your practice, we want to hear from you.


Are you?


Aged 25 and over


Resident in Scotland


A CEC member (it’s free to join)


A creative freelancer


Ready to up-skill and/or re-skill

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Creative Ambitions programme outline


Purposeful leadership

Establishing a creative mindset

Creative problem solving

Intelligent risk-taking

Knowing and reaching your audience

Know your audience

Getting into the right rooms

Social media & digital skills

Money, money, money

Costing your work

Cashflow and margins

Attracting money

Sharing your story

Impactful collaborations

Network like a boss

Live discussion groups

Mondays 11:30am – 12:30pm
with Sandy Thomson

Wednesdays 7:00pm – 8:00pm
with Rachael Brown

Meet the team

Rachael Brown

Chief Executive, Future Economy Company

Sandy Thomson

Business Advisor, Creative Entrepreneurs Club & Creative Business owner

Kieran Daly

Head of Market Building, Social Investment Scotland


This programme is funded as part of the SDS Creative Industries Freelance Workforce Recovery Programme supported by the Scottish Government National Transitions Training Fund. It is delivered in partnership with The Future Economy Company and Social Investment Scotland.