The Creative Sector Growth Programme will support creative businesses and freelancers to reformulate their operating and financial models, explore new business opportunities and review business plans in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The programme is aimed at businesses and freelancers across all sectors of the creative industries and all ownership types, with a focus on improving business resilience and supporting recovery.
Applications for our Spring 2022 cohort are now closed.
You are eligible to apply for this programme if:
The Creative Sector Growth programme is delivered by Watershed in collaboration with Upstarter and Mark Leaver Consulting. It is structured to establish the foundations of business management – for example, internal culture, financial management, talent attraction and development, business development – but within that framework will also concentrate on the key decision moments for growth.
The team will deliver an intensive programme that provides companies with both existing and new tools for growth. This model allows immediate practical and strategic application of tailored knowledge and techniques into creative business development.
The Watershed programme will be led by Gill Wildman and Mark Leaver, with support from Briony Phillips and Melissa Blackburn, and will include guest experts. Watershed is a Cultural cinema, and a centre for talent development and creative technology in Bristol.
The Creative Sector Growth Programme is funded by the West of England Recovery Fund and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.