Angels@Essex to help creatives with new Government fund

  • Date

    Fri 10 Feb 23

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Ambitious creative business owners in Essex can now access a special programme of support to help them prepare for future investment, scale, and grow their businesses.

Following funding from the Government last year, the Create South East Investment Readiness Programme is being launched to provide support for high-growth potential businesses in the creative industries through the development of the knowledge and skills needed to access investment.

The programme starts this Spring and runs to 2025.

Formed through a coalition of partners including the programme will be delivered by Angels@Essex, Creative UK, Screen South and Wired Sussex.

"Our region is full of incredible creative talent. Create South East is here to bring our collective expertise and experience, so whether you work in architecture, design, fashion, films, games, performance or tv, let’s take your ambitions a step closer to being a business reality," said a project spokesman. 

Business owners can benefit from 1-2-1 expert mentoring to help address challenges, explore opportunities and develop new networks.

There will also be tailored workshops covering business foundations and discipline or sub sector- specific challenges, along with the opportunity to meet and pitch for investment as part of the national Create Growth Programme.

Successful applicants have the chance to join a curated cohort of their peers over a nine month programme, giving them the opportunity to champion and learn from each other.

The programme is free to the businesses that take part, with an estimated value of £10,000.

There will be a webinar to introduce the programme Friday 24th Feb at 11am-12pm.

For anyone with an ambition to successfully grow their creative business, now is the time to apply for this free government-backed programme of support.

Businesses can do this by submitting an expression of interest form on the website and keep up to date with the programme by signing up to the Create South East newsletter.