It is estimated more than 10 per cent of businesses in Birmingham and the West Midlands are part of the creative sector and it is a figure that will continue to rise.

However, while they are a success in their particular medium, when it comes to running as a profitable business many admit they need help.

Now a young Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry employee has been recruited to help them.

Arts & Business, the organisation that builds links between the commercial and artistic worlds, has established the Young Professionals on Arts Boards scheme, which puts young business professionals onto the boards of arts organisations.

The initiative is an extension of A&B's successful Board Bank scheme and provides high flying young professionals with the opportunity to gain valuable and real-life board experience at an early stage.

They are trained by experts and given access to a mentor to ensure they get the most out of the opportunity.

At just 20, Joe Rooke, senior client service executive at Birmingham Chamber, has become the youngest person to take part in this scheme in the West Midlands through his work at the Worcester-based C&T theatre company.

Now in its 20th year, it combines Information Communication Technology and drama, working with young people.

He said: "At first it was strange being the same age as the group I've been assigned to help, but I was made to feel really welcome and initial results have been positive. It's still early days but it's a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to the personal challenge and helping C&T become even more successful."

Nadia Dooner, A&B account manager who oversees the programme in the West Midlands, added: "The Chamber has always been very supportive of our work in getting arts organisations and businesses to work closer together. It has hosted works from Visual, the flexible art gallery for business, and has put many of its members in touch with us."