In response to the significant impact the pandemic has had on businesses and individuals working in the creative industries, the West of England Combined Authority has provided increased support to the creative sector, including a new business support programme and grant funding for the cultural and creative sectors.
This programme will support up to 120 creative businesses and freelancers across 2 cohorts 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.
The second round of applications for the Creative Sector Growth Programme is now open. For more information and to apply, visit our dedicated business support service, the West of England Growth Hub.
The Creative Sector Growth Programme will offer creative SMEs and freelancers in the West of England access to sector specific support including:
The programme follows our Creative Scale Up pilot programme, funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, which supported over 50 creative businesses in the West of England.