Cornwall x Connectivity

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What is Cornwall x Connectivity? 

Cornwall x Connectivity offers tailored business support for creative and cultural practitioners, freelancers and SMEs based in Cornwall. The programme is delivered by Creative England and is funded by ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) and administrated by MHCLG (Ministry of housing, Communities and Local Government). 

How to get in touch? 

The Cornwall team is run by Charlotte Bond, who is the Programme and Engagement Manager, and Amelia De-Felice is the Programme Co-ordinator. Passionate about helping Creative Businesses in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly thrive, they are always happy to talk, so do feel free to get in touch via e-mail in the first instance.  

The Programme so far: 

The programme launched in May 2021 with a one-day Cornwall x Connectivity online event, we had 23 speakers from across the Creative Industries talk about everything from hub working, sustainability, innovation and much more besides. In June we held a Finance support series which included a two-day finance bootcamp and an introduction to Creative England’s Start Up Loans and Creative Enterprise Schemes.  

Mentoring

The Cornwall x Connectivity Mentoring Programme is open for applications. The Programme will cover the costs of up to 12 hours one-to-one mentoring to support freelancers and companies who work in screen-based creative industries in Cornwall to build meaningful connections and create opportunities for business growth.  

The programme can be used to acquire specialist expertise, knowledge and contacts that will get under the skin of your company and refine your business proposition.  

Some examples where expertise may be used are as follows:  

  • Support with financial modelling/illustrations  
  • Market research and analysis  
  • Commercialisation strategy  
  • Resource strategy  
  • Tax and funding advice  
  • Specialist sector development 

Who is it for?
The programme will support freelancers and companies working in screen based creative industries who are based in Cornwall.  This includes those working in film, TV, animation, games and immersive media, tech platforms with a creative focus; and where the creative content is consumed on screen. We are particularly interested in supporting companies who aim to grow or scale their business. This could include increasing market share and activity, exploring new models and markets, exploitation of existing IP etc. 

What can I apply for? 

The programme will directly cover the costs of bespoke mentoring for up to 12 hours including mentor fees, travel costs and associated expenses. Please note that the applicant will not receive any cash funding and the programme cannot pay staff, management, directors, or shareholders of the company for their contributions to the business plan. 

When is the deadline for applications? 

The deadline for this programme is Monday October 18th 2021 at midday. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application within 2 weeks. It is intended Cornwall x Connectivity will run another round of this programme in the first half of 2022.  

When will the Mentoring take place?  

The Mentoring can be tailored to your business needs and timings, though it is anticipated that the activity will be complete within 3 – 6 months.  

Who are the Mentors?  

Cornwall x Connectivity will agree a Mentor with successful applicants. Mentors could be from your own networks, or we can recommend candidates with suitable experience from our local and national networks.  Examples of Mentors who have worked with Creative England nationally can be found here. 

APPLY NOW 

If you are an individual/ freelancer or sole trader, apply here. 

If you are a company e.g. Ltd by Guarantee, apply here. 

Please note, the link will take you to a register/login page, please register with our applications system if you haven’t applied for anything with Creative England in the past. 

The small print 

  • Applicant businesses must be based in Cornwall or the Isles of Scilly with a Cornwall or Isles of Scilly registered business address. If you are sole trader/freelancer then your home address must be from Cornwall or the Isles of Scilly. 
  • The closing dates for applications is October 18th 2021 at midday. Applications received after this time and date will not be accepted.  
  • If you have any questions, please e-mail: amelia.de-felice@creativenegland.co.uk  
  • Selection is based on the completion of the application form. Mentorships will be awarded on the successful completion of the form against the judging criteria set by the Cornwall x Connectivity panel and Cornwall x Connectivity being able to facilitate matching the applicant with a suitable Mentor. All decisions made by the Cornwall x Connectivity are final.  
  • Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application no later than the 1st of November.  
  • The Cornwall x Connectivity Programme and Mentoring Programme is supported by the ERDF. Participants will be required to sign up to the Cornwall x Connectivity programme and take part in an evaluation process.  

Resources

Have a look at our video carousel below to watch webinars on the Start up Loans scheme, Creative Enterprise and re-watch our South West Hub event which had a fantastic panel of speakers from across the South West.