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Call out to creative businesses looking for investment

Create South East have announced details of two opportunities for creative businesses looking for investment.

The Create Growth Programme: Competition 2

National Programme Partners Innovate UK have announced Competition 2 of the Create Growth Programme, which is open for entries between 26 October 2023 and the 10 January 2024.

UK-registered creative SMEs within the Create Growth Programme regions (which includes Kent and Medway) can now apply for grant funding alongside private investment from selected investor partners to support growth.  The project’s total costs must be between £100,000 and £750,000. The investment led by the investor partner must always be at least equal to the grant funding (i.e. grant funding can cover at most 50% of costs).

Create South East have appointed an advisor to support businesses who are interested in Competition 2.  Businesses are asked to check out their eligibility first and watch one of the online briefing sessions.  See details on the DCMS website – DCMS Create Growth Programme competition 2: investor partnership – Innovate UK KTN (ktn-uk.org).

The most recent Competition 2 briefing session was Tuesday 28 November 2023 11am – 12 noon  – recording available at https://iuk.ktn-uk.org/events/create-growth-fund-competition-2-briefing-session/.

The contact for Competition 2 at Create South East is Magdalena.Mahdy@wearecreative.uk


Create South East is inviting applications to join their 3rd programme

Creative businesses across Kent, Medway, Greater Essex and East and West Sussex are growing fast. Create South East will help creative businesses work towards company goals and secure investment.  Businesses will benefit from a mentor with a proven track record in the creative industries who knows how to develop creative products, a series of workshops and opportunities to meet investors. Each programme runs for 9 months. Most of the activity is online and respects the needs of participants to continue to manage a growing business. Grants are available to support access needs, including childcare.

Support is free to the companies selected to take part.

The next programme will kick off in early 2024 so if you have a creative business that operates in Kent, Essex or Sussex, why not see if Create South East could help your business grow?

The deadline for applications, to join Cohort 3, is 7th December 2023.  To put in an expression of interest, apply or find out more please visit: createsoutheast.org.uk .