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).
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 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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
Start up loans
Whether you’re a young creative entrepreneur, working as a freelancer, or have started a business in the last two years, Start Up Loans can help you develop your creative pursuit. This workshop is an introduction both to the Start Up Loan and the idea of how you might finance your business in its early stages.
In this workshop hear the opportunities within the Creative Enterprise programme which include: The New Ideas Fund, The Business planning Support Fund, Female Founders scheme and the Investment (Debt) Fund. Find out if these opportunities would suit you or your business, hear about case studies and find out details on how apply.
South West Creative Hub
The Southwest Hub event which took place in June 21 features a collection of fascinating speakers and provocations from Bristol VID, Culture Weston, iMayflower Plymouth, Cornwall Council and the University of Gloucestershire.