Creative UK North East Social: Discussing the Regional Investment Landscape for Creatives

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Date: 24th April 2023

Venue: Northern Stage, Stage 3
Timing: 5 – 8pm

Creative UK North East Socials raise awareness of the Culture and Creative Investment Programme, North East Create Growth Programme and Creative Growth Finance. With a core focus on investment, the events explore the barriers and challenges involved from a regional perspective, aiming to inform the future design of our North East offer and identify gaps. The events bring together Creative UK alumni, programme partners and regional networks to facilitate a discussion on the wider investment ecosystem challenge and research.


4:30 PM – Arrival and Networking (30 mins)
5:00 PM – Welcome note from Tim Evans, Head of Investment, providing an overview of Creative UK’s role as a sector specialist investor (15 mins)
5:15 PM – Overview of North East activity and programme objectives (10 mins)
5:20 PM – Introduction by Panel Chair, Di Gates (10 mins)
5:30 PM – Panel Discussion: “Investment Landscape for North-East Creatives” (60 mins)
6:30 PM – Q&A Session (30 mins)
7:00 PM – Closing Remarks from Panel Chair, Di Gates (5 mins)
7:05 PM – Networking, pizza and drinks (90 mins)
8:30 PM – Event close


The panel will discuss the barriers that regional creatives face when trying to access commercial finance. We believe that the following panellists, consisting of experienced industry leaders and specialists, will provide valuable insights into the investment landscape for North East creatives.

  • Di Gates, Founder of Stick Theory (Chair)
  • Tim Evans, Head of Investment at Creative UK
  • Jordan/Estelle, Innovation Supernetwork
  • Tom Bunten, CEO Grid Finder
  • Vic Morgan, CEO Venture Stream