Finance Rebecca Smith · 15 September 2015
Early-stage creative businesses outside London to benefit from new 1m fund
Creative startups outside London will be the recipients of a new 1m fund from Creative England, aiming to help entrepreneurs across television, digital media, games and film. The project was established by Creative England as the government-backed organisation for English creative businesses. Minister of state for culture, Ed Vaizey, said the Creative Cities Growth Fund would provide a fantastic opportunity for creative businesses. Creative England’s chief executive, Caroline Norbury, said: Our cities and regions are vibrant centres of creativity that have delivered classic films, iconic architecture, world-class writers and ground-breaking technology. She added that when businesses cluster around specialist areas, it gives them more opportunity to succeed, share skills, and be even more innovative as part of a supportive and collaborate network of talent. Early-stage firms hoping to receive finance via the fund must apply by October 9 2015 and could receive support in the form of interest-free loans, revenue share investments or equity, access to accelerator programmes and other similar schemes, or assistance in finding partners and customers. Creative England also said it intended to work with partners including Local Enterprise Partnerships, local authorities, universities and private companies providing up to 250, 000 in match funding. Vaizey added that the UK’s creative industries were world-class, with a huge array of outstanding talent and incredible skills in cities, towns and villages right across the country, hoping the new fund would provide increased support to regional firms. He also suggested the programme of investment would be another boost for the Northern Powerhouse. Other initiatives announced by Creative England include the relaunch of its Business Loans programme offering interest-free loans to digital creative companies and a 1m fund for companies finding creative and digital solutions to healthcare issues in the North West and Midlands. The organisation has invested nearly 4m in the North West’s creative industries to date.
ABOUT THE EXPERTRebecca Smith
Rebecca is a reporter for Business Advice. Prior to this, she worked with a range of tech, advertising, media and digital clients at Propeller PR and did freelance work for The Telegraph.