Creative Growth Finance

Investment for creative businesses

Creative UK understands the needs of creative businesses. We know how difficult it is to access finance from traditional sources and that in order to take your business to the next stage, you need a cash injection to make your growth plans a reality.

Creative Growth Finance is a landmark fund providing vital scale up finance to the UK’s most promising creative businesses. Finance will be directed to post-revenue creative businesses presenting promising growth potential and who:

– bring change, disruption and new IP to the creative industries

– harness creativity with technologies and supporting businesses

– are talent led

 

What We Offer

  • 100% virtual application process
  • Loans of £100,000 – £500,000 across all UK regions
  • Capital repayment holiday of 6 months
  • Fixed interest rates from 7% – 15%
  • Repayment terms up to 4 years
  • Initial decision to progress within 3 days
  • 5% management fee will be charged on payment of the loan

 

Criteria

  • Your company must be registered in the United Kingdom
  • You must operate within the creative industries (by this we mean; Film, TV, Media, Immersive and Video Games, Advertising & Marketing, Digital & Creative Tech, Creative Software Solutions, Fashion, Architecture, Music, Publishing)
  • Your most recent annual turnover must have been at least £300,000
  • You must have at least one year of accounts filed at Companies House

 

The Investment Process

  • To start your application, please check if your business is eligible.
  • Please fill out the following spreadsheet: EOI Financial Information
  • Once you’ve completed the above, apply here.
  • If your business is suitable, you will then be invited to submit a full application.  To complete this you will need an integrated finance model, management accounts, a sales pipeline and any other information you think might be relevant for us to review.  More details about an integrated finance model can be found in the FAQs and there is also an example of an integrated finance model linked below for you.  Please feel free to use this as a template if you do not already have one.
  • We commit to making all investment decisions within 4 weeks

Meet the Team

Mehjabeen PatrickChief Financial Officer

Mehjabeen is Creative England’s Chief Financial Officer, responsible for the implementation and running of all operating functions across the company. With extensive experience as a Finance Director, Mehjabeen oversees all investment activity for the company and has a keen interest in growing its commercial activities and diversifying its income stream. Previously Mehjabeen worked as Director of Finance for United Nations Association and Stakeholder Forum.

mehjabeen.patrick@wearecreative.uk

Tim EvansHead of Investment

Tim oversees the investment activity at Creative England. As well as managing the debt and equity investment activity, Tim helps to build relationships with the partners and networks that help the businesses to thrive. Tim’s prior experience includes running his own production company, the management of Creative England’s equity fund and the programme management of the South West Innovation Network programmes. He is passionate about supporting companies beyond investment and enjoys supporting entrepreneurial talent to build and execute on their ideas.

tim.evans@wearecreative.uk

Kate AdamSenior Investment Manager

Kate is responsible for managing investment activity at Creative England. As well as holding responsibility for the delivery of investment, Kate oversees the management of Creative England’s equity portfolio. This follows managing the delivery of the Regional Growth Fund investment programme from 2014. Prior to working at Creative England Kate worked as a project manager in both the public and private sector.

kate.adam@wearecreative.uk

Mehjabeen is Creative England’s Chief Financial Officer, responsible for the implementation and running of all operating functions across the company. With extensive experience as a Finance Director, Mehjabeen oversees all investment activity for the company and has a keen interest in growing its commercial activities and diversifying its income stream. Previously Mehjabeen worked as Director of Finance for United Nations Association and Stakeholder Forum.

mehjabeen.patrick@wearecreative.uk

Tim oversees the investment activity at Creative England. As well as managing the debt and equity investment activity, Tim helps to build relationships with the partners and networks that help the businesses to thrive. Tim’s prior experience includes running his own production company, the management of Creative England’s equity fund and the programme management of the South West Innovation Network programmes. He is passionate about supporting companies beyond investment and enjoys supporting entrepreneurial talent to build and execute on their ideas.

tim.evans@wearecreative.uk

Kate is responsible for managing investment activity at Creative England. As well as holding responsibility for the delivery of investment, Kate oversees the management of Creative England’s equity portfolio. This follows managing the delivery of the Regional Growth Fund investment programme from 2014. Prior to working at Creative England Kate worked as a project manager in both the public and private sector.

kate.adam@wearecreative.uk

Matt BrowningInvestment Manager

Matt is responsible for management of the equity portfolio, aiding the growth and development of the businesses we’ve supported. Matt also manages debt activity, assisting through the investment process as well as managing the recoupment. Matt previously worked in the private financial sector, where he was responsible for the reconciliation of client money and assets.

matt.browning@wearecreative.uk

Nick CavanderInvestment Manager

Nick is responsible for helping to expand the portfolio of companies for whom we provide scale up finance and ongoing development support. Nick engages with potential investee companies to identify ways we can help them to grow their businesses with funding and follow on support. Nick previously worked in film and television marketing for years and understands first-hand the commercial opportunities and challenges that creative sector businesses face.

nick.cavander@wearecreative.uk

Rahul MisraInvestment Manager, North of Tyne

As part of the Investment Team at Creative UK, Rahul brings together his investment management and creative sector experience, focusing on start-up loans and business mentorship for creative people and businesses. After gaining a solid professional foundation through 6 years of experience in the UK investment management industry, Rahul switched the context of his skills to his passion for the creative sector – gaining direct experience in creative organisations such as the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, before joining Creative UK. Outside of work, Rahul’s own passion for creativity is manifest through music and audio-visual production – his music has been featured on platforms such as Rolling Stone Magazine India and Resonance FM London.

Rahul.Misra@wearecreative.uk

Matt is responsible for management of the equity portfolio, aiding the growth and development of the businesses we’ve supported. Matt also manages debt activity, assisting through the investment process as well as managing the recoupment. Matt previously worked in the private financial sector, where he was responsible for the reconciliation of client money and assets.

matt.browning@wearecreative.uk

Nick is responsible for helping to expand the portfolio of companies for whom we provide scale up finance and ongoing development support. Nick engages with potential investee companies to identify ways we can help them to grow their businesses with funding and follow on support. Nick previously worked in film and television marketing for years and understands first-hand the commercial opportunities and challenges that creative sector businesses face.

nick.cavander@wearecreative.uk

As part of the Investment Team at Creative UK, Rahul brings together his investment management and creative sector experience, focusing on start-up loans and business mentorship for creative people and businesses. After gaining a solid professional foundation through 6 years of experience in the UK investment management industry, Rahul switched the context of his skills to his passion for the creative sector – gaining direct experience in creative organisations such as the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, before joining Creative UK. Outside of work, Rahul’s own passion for creativity is manifest through music and audio-visual production – his music has been featured on platforms such as Rolling Stone Magazine India and Resonance FM London.

Rahul.Misra@wearecreative.uk

Gab NardoInvestment Manager/ Analyst

Gab is responsible for the origination, execution and management of growth investments under the Creative Growth Finance programme. Prior to Creative England, he spent 10 years in the investment management industry, covering different strategies, products and regions. He enjoys exploring new investment opportunities and build value-added partnerships with founders and managers of exciting businesses.

Gab.Nardo@wearecreative.uk

Gab is responsible for the origination, execution and management of growth investments under the Creative Growth Finance programme. Prior to Creative England, he spent 10 years in the investment management industry, covering different strategies, products and regions. He enjoys exploring new investment opportunities and build value-added partnerships with founders and managers of exciting businesses.

Gab.Nardo@wearecreative.uk

Creative UK Equity Portfolio

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