Creative Enterprise opens applications for screen-business growth initiative

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Camera lensCreative Enterprise has announced the latest round of applications for its screen business growth initiatives in the English regions. 


Delivered by Creative England, part of Creative UK, Creative Enterprise has been designed by industry leaders and is supported by the BFI with funding from the National Lottery.

Each initiative aims to support entrepreneurs working in moving image storytelling – spanning film and television, games and technology – helping to maximise their ability to transform and grow their businesses.

Creative Enterprise launched in 2018 and has since supported more than 700 businesses and individuals, including providing over £1m in grants. 

Five Creative Enterprise initiatives are open for applications from today, all offering screen businesses the opportunity to access connections, training and networks to achieve business growth, increasing the sustainability of the moving image sector in the English regions outside of London.

The Evolve programme is designed to prepare high-potential screen businesses to seek investment and growth capital. Over a nine-month period, successful applicants gain direct access to leading industry experts and investors, combining one-to-one mentoring sessions, peer-to-peer group meetings and pitch preparation. The selective programme helps businesses to evaluate their current offering, define their goals and formulate a strategy and approach to successfully engage investors.

The Female Founders programme offers an in-depth package of support, advice and professional coaching to female business owners, across a period of eight-months. Aiming to help female entrepreneurs working in film, TV, games and tech to build, expand and future-proof their businesses, it provides laser-focused sessions on issues such as business planning, funding, strategy, making the right hires and monetising IP.

The Games Scale Up programme has been developed in partnership between Creative England and games trade body Ukie, to support games developers, publishers and support services with the potential and ambition to grow. Cohorts of between 10-15 diverse games businesses gain expert industry advice and networking opportunities, including investor introductions, and learn to create and begin the implementation of a comprehensive plan to scale their businesses.

The New Ideas Fund offers grants to creative practitioners and companies working in moving image. With grants of between £1,000 and £25,000 available, recipients can develop innovative ideas and technology, to better position them for future growth.


Alongside this, Business Planning Support offers grants of up to £5,000 to support companies with the creation and implementation of business proposals and strategies. These funds are intended to subsidise the cost of acquiring the specialist expertise, knowledge and contacts needed to refine a robust and effective three-year business plan.

All five initiatives are open to entrepreneurs and SMEs in the screen and moving image sector who are based in the English regions, outside London. Applicants must be working in – or developing a business in – moving image for storytelling, where the content’s primary aim is for entertainment. This includes those working in film, TV, animation, games and immersive media, tech platforms with a narrative focus, and where the content is consumed on screen.

To apply for Evolve visit Applications close 17 June 2022.
To apply for Female Founders visit Applications close 29 July 2022.
To apply for Games Scale Up visit Applications close 29 July 2022.
To apply for the New Ideas Fund visit Applications close 29 July 2022.
To apply for Business Planning Support visit Applications close 29 July 2022. 

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