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What is the Business Support?

The Create Growth Programme supports high-growth potential creative businesses in sectors such as arts, fashion, creative agencies, architecture, software development, film, gaming, etc.

The aim of the programme is to help creative businesses to scale and become investment ready through a targeted support package with three complementary strands including:

  • bespoke business support
  • investor outreach activities
  • a finance fund

The East Midlands Creative Consortium (EMC2) is delivering the programme locally, with Innovate UK managing the finance fund and Investor Readiness support activity. 

Details of the scheme and support can be found on the EMC2 website. For an initial conversation with a local contact email Sally Denton (

The business support programme will see cohorts of high growth potential creative businesses from across the region, move through a series of workshops and mentoring activities to help equip them with the tools and capacity to fulfil their growth potential. There were two cohorts in May 2024, with two final cohorts in September 2024 and October 2024. 

Click here to complete an application form to take part.

There will also be a series of workshops and webinars with content focussed towards businesses in the Creative industries. Details can be found on the events page or via the Lincoln Barbican Centre Eventbrite page. Topics include using Social Media to Create Sales, Mastering Finance for Creative Businesses.

The Innovate UK finance fund of up to £7 million was also available to help creative businesses in Create Growth Programme regions to explore new innovation projects that will stimulate growth and attract private investment. This funding has now all been allocated. You can register for updates via the Innovate UK website.

This scheme 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 (

Any eligibility criteria

The scheme is open to businesses in Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire and Rutland as well as Leicestershire and Derbyshire.

Contact information:

East Midlands Creative Consortium EMC2

Local contact - Sally Denton

0116 454 2917