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If you’re looking to fire-up your business growth and get investors on board, the Creative East – Create Growth Programme is for you.

The Create Growth Programme is a £1.275m investment readiness and business support programme for creative industries in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

The programme offers expert advice and guidance to help businesses with high growth aspirations gain investment opportunities.

Expression of Interest

What we offer

The Creative East: Create Growth Programme is a 12-week investment readiness and business support programme. Participants will be given a bespoke programme of specialist seminars, round table events, one-to-one support from our pool of experts and specialists, pitching sessions and networking events.

The course will be a mix of in person and online sessions.

The programme will cover ‘everything you ever needed to know’ to get your business in shape to take on investment and grow. Participants will be offered exclusive access to key experts in their field, from the world of investment and creative industries.

To qualify your business must:

  • Be revenue generating (not a start-up).
  • Employ (directly or as freelancers) at least two full time equivalent staff.
  • Fall within the DCMS definition of Creative Industries (film, tv, radio, photography, advertising, marketing, architecture, computer games, IT, software, publishing, music performing and visual arts).
  • Creative East is particularly interested in applications from businesses in the gaming and film/TV industries.

What to expect

Each participant will benefit from a bespoke programme, crafted to meet their needs.

Participants will need to be able to commit a day a week for the main activities, as well as some one-to-one work where appropriate. The face to face sessions are not compulsory but to maximise the experience we advise participants attend as much as possible: however, you might share out attendance across your senior management team. The one-to-one work is flexible to suit a business owner’s busy schedule, however there is a timetable for the main sessions and networking events.

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Fully funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)

Delivered and managed by:

  • Anglia Ruskin University Peterborough
  • Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority
  • Innovate UK
  • New Anglia - Local Enterprise PArtnership for Norfolk and Suffolk
  • Norfolk County Council
  • Suffolk County Council
  • University of East Anglia Innovation Funding
  • University of Suffolk