ARTISTS in the Colne Valley will be offered free business advice as a new support programme launches.

The trial, run by Arts agency Loca, will offer business expertise and support to self-employed artists and creative businesses from March to October this year.

The events will include a series of professional development workshops with experienced business professionals from the creative sector, one-to-one advice surgeries and networking sessions.

A launch event on Thursday March 12 at The Watershed, Slaithwaite, will feature guest speakers and presentations.

There are two identical sessions, from 4pm to 6pm or 6pm until 8pm.

To find out more about Loca contact 01924 488844 or email: