We’re now delivering the programme online – with the first cohort of 16 businesses receiving their mentoring sessions and participating in the peer support network using channels such as Zoom – with a focus on business resilience.
The first businesses on the West of England Creative Scale Up programme are: Arcadia; Crack Industries, Luke Jerram; Trigger Stuff; Waller and Wood; Cognitive Paths; Knowle West Media Centre (The Factory); Complete Control; Limina Immersive; Auroch Digital; Wardrobe Theatre; Encounters Film Festival, Anagram, Visuable, Stornaway Productions and MAYK.
The programme offers support, including:
- £6,000 grant to spend on mentoring
- Dedicated peer support network facilitated by Gill Wildman (Watershed Business Development Advisor) and Mark Leaver (DIT Creative Industries Advisor)
- Training tailored to the specific business development needs
Training opportunities are being guided by feedback from the participants, and reflect the current and emerging challenges they face due to COVID-19 pandemic. Last week there was a Q&A session with Dick Penny on leading an organisation through difficult times, during which the businesses were able to draw on his valuable experience of leading transformations at Watershed and Bristol Old Vic.
The Creative Scale Up local steering board features a wealth of industry experience, all of whom are keen to support participants. It also draws on support available from national partners, including the Creative Industries Federation, Arts Council England, Creative England, Scale Up Institute, UK Business Angels Association and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport.
Creative businesses wishing to express an interest in joining the Creative Scale Up programme should email firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to apply for cohort two is 30 April, and the closing date for cohort three is 31 July.