In 2020, the UK’s Creative Industries contributed c£95 billion in Gross Value Added (GVA) to the UK economy and employed more than 2.3 million people. The Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) recognise the benefit of sector specialist business support and, with foundations in the Industrial Strategy, has launched the Create Growth Programme.
A key aim of the Create Growth Programme is to support creative businesses to explore and secure commercial investment opportunities. To this end each of the selected regions will have a Programme of activity that will enable businesses to be ready for investment and facilitate access to additional funding from Innovate UK and commercial investors in 2023 and beyond.
Creative UK will be working with partners in the North East to launch a programme in January 2023 that is tailored to the region’s creative sub sectors. For more information, news and announcements please sign up to the North East CGP newsletter by completing the form at the bottom of this page.
As part of the Create Growth Programme, Innovate UK have launched a brand new funding opportunity for businesses in the Creative Industries in six English regions. Business can apply for £10-30k each for innovation projects. The North East, (Northumberland, Newcastle, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Gateshead, Sunderland and County Durham), is one of the selected regions.
The aim of this first Innovate UK competition is designed to help creative businesses explore new game-changing innovation projects as a stimulus for growth.
Application deadline 8th February 2023 at 11am. More information and how to apply will be released on 28th November 2022 and this page will be updated.
A webinar briefing will take place on 5th December 2022 from 10am – 12 midday. To register please click here.
The programme will be delivered by Creative UK in partnership with regional sector experts:
The North East Create Growth Programme is currently being set up and due to launch in January 2023, if you would like to register your interest, please complete the form below: