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Create Growth


What is the Business Support?

The Create Growth Programme is a DCMS supported programme delivered by Innovate UK that aims to support high-growth creative businesses in six English regions, including the East Midlands, in sectors such as creative agencies, software development, film, gaming, etc.

The aim of the programme is to help creative businesses in these regions to scale and become investment ready through a targeted support package with three complementary strands across bespoke business support, investor outreach activities and a finance fund.

COMING SOON! The business support programme will see 4 cohorts of 25 high growth potential creative businesses move through a series of workshops and mentoring activities across an 8 month journey to help equip them with the tools and capacity to fulfil their growth potential. The first cohorts will commence in Spring 2023. Please complete the Expression of Interest Form for updates.

NOW LIVE! The Innovate UK finance fund of up to £7 million is available to help creative businesses in Create Growth Programme regions to explore new innovation projects that will stimulate growth and attract private investment. The first part of this fund will be made available through a grant competition.

This virtual briefing event on Monday 5 December 2022 will outline the programme further and provide attendees the chance to ask further questions about what this opportunity can provide them.

UK registered micro and small businesses in the creative sector can apply for funding of up to £30,000 for innovation projects to grow their business.

Applicants must:

  • be from the creative industries
  • be from DCMS Create Growth Programme region
  • focus on a clear growth opportunity and the proposed innovation to address it
  • demonstrate the impact funding and support can have on the growth plan of  your business
  • engage with the regional support if your application is successful

This event is being run in conjunction with The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Innovate UK, Innovate UK KTN, and the following regional teams:

  • Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP)
  • Kent County Council (KCC)
  • West of England Combined Authority
  • Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA)
  • New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership
  • North of Tyne Combined Authority

How to find out more?

More information can be found here: Creative businesses across the UK receive funding boost and government backing to spur future growth - GOV.UK (