Confetti founder awarded MBE in New Year’s Honours List

Friday January 3, 2020

Confetti founder Craig Chettle has been awarded an MBE in the 2020 New Year’s Honours List for Services to Entrepreneurship and the Creative Industries Sector – the award will be presented formally at a ceremony held at Buckingham Palace later in the year. 

Confetti has recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, having been founded by Craig Chettle back in 1994.

During this time, Confetti has not only helped thousands of students go on to work in the creative industries, but it has also made a huge impact on the city of Nottingham. This is recognised with this award, which acknowledges and rewards both Chettle’s contributions to the creative industries, but also his work as an entrepreneur.

His vision for Confetti has been unfaltering: he wanted to provide a platform for young people of all abilities to access the creative industries.


As a former music producer I wanted to come up with a way for young people to learn about the music industry from those who were in it – not taught from books. And I couldn’t see anywhere that did that authentically. So we started Confetti. A couple of studios, some great kit and a handful of students. I didn’t expect the demand for our courses to grow quite as rapidly as they did. There are so many synergies between creative technology disciplines so music led to the creation of games courses, which led to media and to the formation of the Confetti Media Group. The rest as they say is history.


25 years later, Confetti has made its mark on Nottingham and the creative industries, teaching visual effects, film, TV, games, live and technical events and music to over 2,000 further and higher education students.

We want to wish many congratulations to Craig Chettle from all of us at Confetti on this exciting news, and look forward to hearing all about the awards ceremony.

Here’s to many more years of success for Confetti!

Are you interested in studying at Confetti? Have a look at our range of college and degree-level courses, and pop along to one of our open days to find out more.