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Connect to industry-leaders, develop your strategy and gain exclusive access to training and networks with Creative Enterprise: designed to grow your business.

Creative Enterprise is calling entrepreneurs who work in moving image for storytelling, spanning film and television, games and technology, to maximise their potential and create opportunities for business growth.

Through funding, exclusive events, bespoke training and access to industry leaders and mentors, Creative Enterprise will provide expertise and support to future-proof the next generation of moving image companies.

Creative England is a national body with experience in growing businesses through programmes of bespoke support, investing in over 350 companies across film, technology and games. We truly understand creative business and we help them by providing a combination of tailored investment and support to develop new business models, deliver products and services and take risks on innovation.

Creative Enterprise has been developed with National Lottery funding from the BFI, to increase the sustainability of the moving image sector by optimising business opportunities through connections, training, expert advice and strategy support.

Creative Enterprise is an ongoing national programme and is open to entrepreneurs and SMEs working in on screen moving image for storytelling and working in the English regions outside of London.

Email creativeenterprise@creativeengland.co.uk for enquiries and register here to be kept up to date with business support opportunities, exclusive events and training and access to industry-leading expertise. 

New Ideas Fund
Applications now open

Helping entrepreneurs to kick start innovative ideas. The New Ideas fund can offer grants of up to £25,000 to support the development of new and innovative ideas that have the potential to impact the career and business growth prospects of  creative entrepreneurs and companies working in moving image for storytelling.

We want to help entrepreneurs creating narrative moving image content to try something new, something different. The fund is an opportunity to take a risk on venturing into a new area of the screen industry, test out a new market, pilot new technology, explore innovation. We’re looking for creative and commercial ideas that could create opportunities for growth for you and your business.

Business planning support
Applications now open

Many creative companies benefit from third party help but we know that the cost of such expertise can be off putting when prioritising your business expenditure. Creative Enterprise business planning support offers grants of up £5,000 to subsidise the cost of working with experts to support sole- traders and SMEs with their business planning and strategy. This may include acquiring specialist expertise, knowledge and contacts that will get under the skin of your company and refine your business proposition.  At the end of this process, applicants will have developed a robust 3-year business plan that can then be used to direct the company’s future growth and as a tool for pitching for investment.

Applications open Summer 2020

Designed by investors with a wealth of experience investing in thriving screen businesses, Evolve has been created for screen businesses with real ambition who are seeking investment to grow and succeed.

The programme will take on 20 companies from across the English regions and prepare their company for growth through a series of one-to-one sessions, investor introductions, pitching platforms and combined peer-to-peer group meetings, intended to challenge and prepare companies for further investment and growth.

Industry Equals- Women in Screen
Applications open Autumn 2020

Creative England are scaling up Industry Equals: Women in Screen. Championing female entrepreneurs delivering innovative work in the creative industries, building the network and creating future opportunities for business growth during and beyond the programme.

Industry Equals: Women in Screen is an intensive scale up programme tailored to female leaders in the screen industry. The programme will challenge and motivate female entrepreneurs looking to set up or scale their business. Offering access to industry and growth expertise, providing a scale up tool kit and bespoke mentoring whilst addressing existing challenges.

The programme will bring together ten female leaders based in the English regions outside of London who are working in storytelling for moving image across Film, TV, Games and Digital who are looking to scale their business.

Market Trader
Applications open Autumn 2020

International markets are a great opportunity for film professionals to make contacts, present their projects and negotiate deals setting the landscape of their future business. However, without the right skills and understanding, attending these festivals and markets doesn’t always yield the best results and can sometimes be counter-productive.

Market Trader equips participants with the knowledge and support they need to understand the film market better, to plan and target their approach and come away from international markets with the best possible results.  An intensive market readiness programme providing producers with the tool kit to navigate the marketplace, find their platform, close deals and reach their audience. Giving access to expertise across the film value chain and offering one to one bespoke mentoring.

Recovery Focus Groups

As we continue to navigate our way through Covid-19, the shock may have subsided, but the uncertainty remains. The full impact remains unknown, yet in order to sustain our business we need to look to the future.

Creative Enterprise will bring together company leaders working in the moving image sector to share experiences, challenges and insights. Our recovery focus groups are a place to connect with your peers and discuss issues that are pertinent to your business, sharing and supporting one another as we look to the future sustainability and growth of the sector. The discussion groups will be hosted and facilitated by industry leaders and experts to provide a focussed discussion.

The groups are open to sole-traders and SMEs working in moving image for storytelling and based in the English regions outside of London.