Small creative companies in England can now receive specialist advice and mentoring as part of a new initiative to bring business expertise to organisations looking to grow.
Launching on September 4, the Creative Kickstart programme is running its first workshop in Wakefield, where 60 businesses from the area will learn how to develop a strong business plan and access the right finance, as well as hear from experienced business leaders about how to grow their companies.
The government-backed programme is one of a raft of projects that came out of the Creative Industries Sector Deal, which was announced in 2018, designed to support the sector’s continued growth.
Creative Kickstart is being led by the Creative Industries Federation and the Creative Industries Council.
Following the inaugural event in Wakefield, Creative Kickstart will move to seven further locations across the country, running workshops and offering mentoring opportunities for arts, music, TV, film, publishing and games organisations.
The areas are Plymouth, Canterbury and the Thames Estuary, Worcester, Grimsby, the west of England, the West Midlands and Greater Manchester.
The project has received public funding from the Cultural Development Fund and the Creative Scale-Up programme.
Earlier this year, the Cultural Development Fund announced the five locations that would receive a share of £20 million from the government towards local culture and heritage projects. They included five of the locations included in Creative Kickstart: Wakefield, Grimsby, Plymouth, Kent Thames Estuary and Worcester.