What is the Create Growth Programme?
In 2020, the UK’s Creative Industries contributed c£95 billion in Gross Value Added (GVA) to the UK economy and employed more than 2.3 million people. The Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) recognise the benefit of sector specialist business support and, with foundations in the Industrial Strategy, has launched the Create Growth Programme.
A key aim of the Create Growth Programme is to support creative businesses to explore and secure commercial investment opportunities. To this end each of the selected regions will have a Programme of activity that will enable businesses to be ready for investment and facilitate access to additional funding from Innovate UK and commercial investors in 2023 and beyond.
Creative UK will be working with partners in the South East to launch a programme in January 2023 that is tailored to the region’s creative sub sectors. For more information, news and announcements please sign up to the South East newsletter by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Innovate UK Funding Competition
As part of the Create Growth Programme, Innovate UK have launched a brand new funding opportunity for businesses in the Creative Industries in six English regions. Business can apply for £10-30k each for innovation projects. The South East, (Essex, Kent, East and West Sussex), is one of the selected regions.
The aim of this first Innovate UK competition is designed to help creative businesses explore new game-changing innovation projects as a stimulus for growth.
Application deadline 8th February 2023 at 11am. Information on how to apply can be found here.
A webinar briefing will take place on 5th December 2022 from 10am – 12 midday. To register please click here.
Who is delivering the South East Create Growth Programme?
The programme delivery will be sector led. The programme is being managed by a Consortium on behalf of the South East Creative Economy Network (SECEN) which is a Sector led network and a sub-group of the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP)
The project is currently being set up and due to launch in January 2023, if you would like to register your interest please contact: email@example.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible