Calling all Creative Business owners!
Are you a Creative Business owner with a minimum of 4 staff (including freelance staff) looking to scale up your business?
The Department of Culture, Media and Sport has approved a £1.3 million pilot programme to work with businesses such as yours in the West Midlands where we will be offering a number of FREE Workshops, seminars and mentoring sessions to help your business grow and build capacity. This will also include Access to Finance opportunities including understanding what the right finance mode is for your business as well as introductions to relevant investors and funding streams as necessary.
However, the Creative Scale Up Team cannot run this programme without hearing from you! Join Fiona Latter, Creative Enterprise Scale Up Programme Lead from the West Midlands Combined Authority for an informal brunch to talk the region’s Creative Scale Up programme can benefit you.
There will be a Focus Group Brunch between 11am-1pm on Thursday August 15th 2019 at Impact Hub Birmingham where the Creative Scale Up Team would love to hear your thoughts on what could make this exciting new programme something of interest to your business.
This is a new programme for the region so all ideas considered.
Refreshments will be provided.
To guarantee your space at this session please contact Imandeep on 07920 065505 or Fiona on 07469 203476 who will also be happy to answer any questions you may have on the event.
More about the fund:
Creative businesses in the West Midlands, Greater Manchester and Bristol to benefit from new £4 million investment to help them grow
This new fund will help to increase the diversity of the sector’s workforce and maintain the future pipeline of creative talent in an industry that now contributes more than £100 billion to the UK economy. It will help Improve the nation’s skills and boosting business opportunities is at the heart of the government’s modern Industrial Strategy.
This new funding follows the publication of the Creative Industries Sector Deal earlier this year and includes:
- A new £14 million Creative Careers Programme led by industry that will see leading industry figures working with schools and colleges to raise awareness of employment opportunities in the sector, reaching more than 160,000 students by 2020. Around 2 million young people will be able to access better advice about pursuing a creative careers.
- A £4 million programme to help scale up creative enterprises in Bristol, Greater Manchester and the West Midlands – helping creative businesses to access finance and translate their ideas into investment.
- £2 million to continue the successful ‘Get it Right’ campaign with industry until 2021 – helping to educate consumers on the dangers of copyright infringement and direct them to legitimate sources of creative content online.
- £200,000 investment to upscale the Digital Schoolhouse programme being delivered by games trade body Ukie powered by PlayStation – inspiring the next generation of game creators, growing the programme to 50 schools by September 2019 and reaching an extra 7000 pupils next academic year.
- £190,000 to the UK Games Fund to build on the new Pitch Development Programme. This helps promising companies gain industry support to receive UK Games Fund grants of £25,000.
Minister for the Creative Industries, Margot James, said:
Millions of people around the world enjoy our world-class creative and cultural output every day and we want to stay as a frontrunner in these vibrant sectors. Our creative industries are a vital part of the economy, contributing over £100 billion to the economy so it is important we maintain the pipeline of talent. This package will take the sector from strength to strength by arming the next generation of creatives with the necessary skills and giving businesses in the sector the support they need to succeed.
The Creative Careers programme will see leaders of creative businesses inspire students through talks and work experience. Businesses will also be helped to develop more accessible routes into employment in the sector, this includes creating apprenticeship standards for a number of priority roles which will be identified by industry.
More about the Creative Scale Up programme
The new Creative Scale Up programme will be available for businesses in the West Midlands, Bristol and Greater Manchester to overcome specific barriers to growth such as marketing, strategy planning or improving their digital footprint and specialist help will be on hand to identify appropriate sources of finance through the British Business Bank.
Creative Careers Programme
Of the funding for the £14 million Creative Careers Programme, £2 million is allocated for a specific programme to improve careers advice and to develop new apprenticeship standards which will be delivered jointly by ScreenSkills, Creative & Cultural Skills and the Creative Industries Federation. Government will provide £2 million funding to kick-start the programme and £12 million in-kind support has been secured from industry to-date.
Those organisations delivering the programme intend to partner with the devolved nations and industry working across them in order to ensure that it ultimately becomes UK-wide.
The West Midlands Combined Authority are 18 local authorities and three Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) working together to move powers from Whitehall to the West Midlands and its locally elected politicians, who know this region best. The WMCA work collaboratively on many projects to deliver their vision of a more prosperous West Midlands.
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