Jordi, who is just 28 years old, studied for a Masters in Photography at the University of the Arts London in 2011/2012, and benefitted from support developing his post-university plans through the Deutsche Bank Awards process. The Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprises support graduating artists across a range of disciplines from architecture to fine art and fashion. Applicants develop a plan for the year after they graduate (and beyond), with 15 winners each year receiving £10,000 along with small business training and mentoring to put those plans into action. The scheme has produced over 150 winners to date from colleges across London, Birmingham, Liverpool and Scotland, many of whom now run successful creative enterprises.
The importance of the entrepreneur to the UK economy, and to everyday life, is shown by the fact that small businesses provide 60% of private sector jobs and contribute 50% of UK GDP (BIS, November 2010). Meanwhile, the creative sector is one of the UK’s enduring competitive strengths. According to the latest government data, it employs more than 1.5 million people and represents over 8% of GDP. The Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprises have been helping talented people to access these exciting and sustainable opportunities for over 20 years.
Image by Jordi Ruiz Cirera