The Create Growth Programme is a DCMS supported programme delivered by Innovate UK that aims to support high-growth creative businesses in six English regions. The regions covered by the programme are Greater Manchester, New Anglia, North of Tyne, West of England, South East and East Midlands.

The aim of the programme is to help creative businesses in these regions to scale and become investment ready through a targeted support package with three complementary strands across bespoke business support, investor outreach activities and a finance fund.

Innovate UK is providing a finance fund of up to £7 million to help creative businesses in Create Growth Programme regions to explore new innovation projects that will stimulate growth and attract private investment. The first part of this fund will be made available through a grant competition.

This virtual briefing event on Monday 5 December 2022 will outline the programme further and provide attendees the chance to ask further questions about what this opportunity can provide them.

UK registered micro and small businesses in the creative sector can apply for funding of up to £30,000 for innovation projects to grow their business.

Applicants must:

be from the creative industries
be from DCMS Create Growth Programme region
focus on a clear growth opportunity and the proposed innovation to address it
demonstrate the impact funding and support can have on the growth plan of  your business
engage with the regional support if your application is successful