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Creative Enterprise is a bespoke set of initiatives for ambitious screen businesses to access connections, training and networks to achieve business growth.

Creative Enterprise has been designed by industry leaders to take ambitious entrepreneurs who work in moving image for storytelling, spanning film and television, games and technology, on a journey to maximise their ability and create opportunities for business growth.

Creative Enterprise has proved transformational for participating businesses, with an earned reputation for providing intensive support, connections and opportunities to fulfil growth potential.

The programme takes a collaborative approach, creating exclusive programmes and bespoke workshops in partnership with industry leaders and mentors to futureproof the next generation of moving image companies.

Creative Enterprise has been developed with National Lottery funding from the BFI, to increase the sustainability of the moving image sector 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. 

Learn

Insight and inspiration on how to approach growth

Designed for sole traders, pre-revenue businesses and early-stage start-ups, we offer event-focussed business support on how to approach becoming more sustainable.

Recovery Focus Groups Learn

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 is bringing 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 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. Learn more here. 

Virtual WorkshopsLearn

Virtual Workshops

We have created a series of online workshops providing business support to screen companies (film, TV, games, immersive and digital). Sign up for future events or watch back previous sessions here.

New Ideas FundLearn

New Ideas Fund

Applications are now closed.

The New Ideas fund offers small grants for creative entrepreneurs and companies working in moving image for storytelling, offering grants of between £1000 and £25,000 to support the development of new and innovative ideas that have the potential to impact and grow a business. 

The fund is for ambitious 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. Learn more here. 

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 is bringing 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 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. Learn more here. 

Virtual Workshops

We have created a series of online workshops providing business support to screen companies (film, TV, games, immersive and digital). Sign up for future events or watch back previous sessions here.

New Ideas Fund

Applications are now closed.

The New Ideas fund offers small grants for creative entrepreneurs and companies working in moving image for storytelling, offering grants of between £1000 and £25,000 to support the development of new and innovative ideas that have the potential to impact and grow a business. 

The fund is for ambitious 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. Learn more here. 

Scale

Intensive development to take businesses to the next level

Designed for established companies who can demonstrate growth potential, we create intensive and competitive development and cohort-based programmes to directly grow businesses.

Business Planning SupportScale

Business Planning Support

Applications now open

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. Learn more here. 

Games Scale UpScale

Games Scale Up

Applications now closed

The Creative Enterprise: Games Scale Up is a prestigious new programme, developed in partnership with Ukie, to support games developers, publishers or support services. This is a vital programme that has been devised with industry leaders for games businesses who are looking to develop and grow their business. Learn more here. 

New Ideas Fund Scale

New Ideas Fund

Applications now closed.

The New Ideas fund offers small grants for creative entrepreneurs and companies working in moving image for storytelling, offering grants of between £1000 and £25,000 to support the development of new and innovative ideas that have the potential to impact and grow a business.

The fund is for ambitious 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. Learn more here. 

Business Planning Support

Applications now open

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. Learn more here. 

Games Scale Up

Applications now closed

The Creative Enterprise: Games Scale Up is a prestigious new programme, developed in partnership with Ukie, to support games developers, publishers or support services. This is a vital programme that has been devised with industry leaders for games businesses who are looking to develop and grow their business. Learn more here. 

New Ideas Fund

Applications now closed.

The New Ideas fund offers small grants for creative entrepreneurs and companies working in moving image for storytelling, offering grants of between £1000 and £25,000 to support the development of new and innovative ideas that have the potential to impact and grow a business.

The fund is for ambitious 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. Learn more here. 

Market Trader Scale

Market Trader

Applications now closed

Many film professionals do not have the necessary skills, understanding and confidence to have success at international markets, which are key moments in the year to develop contacts, projects and careers. 

Market Trader has a long reputation for success equipping participants with the knowledge and support they need to deepening understanding of the film market. Market Trader is an established intensive market readiness programme which provides producers with the tool kit to navigate the marketplace, find their platform, close deals and reach their audience. Learn more and apply here. 

Female FoundersScale

Female Founders

Applications now closed.

Female Founders 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 and television, games and digital who have ambition to scale their business. Learn more here.

Market Trader

Applications now closed

Many film professionals do not have the necessary skills, understanding and confidence to have success at international markets, which are key moments in the year to develop contacts, projects and careers. 

Market Trader has a long reputation for success equipping participants with the knowledge and support they need to deepening understanding of the film market. Market Trader is an established intensive market readiness programme which provides producers with the tool kit to navigate the marketplace, find their platform, close deals and reach their audience. Learn more and apply here. 

Female Founders

Applications now closed.

Female Founders 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 and television, games and digital who have ambition to scale their business. Learn more here.

Investment

Preparing businesses for investment 

Designed for established companies who have identified a growth opportunity, the investment programmes are designed in partnership with leading experts and gain exclusive opportunities to engage with investors.

EvolveInvestment

Evolve

Applications now closed.

Creative Enterprise: Evolve is a unique programme that prepares high-potential screen businesses for growth capital. Create and perfect your proposal with direct access leading experts and gain exclusive opportunities to engage with investors.

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 to challenge and prepare companies for further investment and growth. Learn more here. 

New Ideas FundInvestment

New Ideas Fund

Applications now closed.

The New Ideas fund offers small grants for creative entrepreneurs and companies working in moving image for storytelling, offering grants of between £1000 and £25,000 to support the development of new and innovative ideas that have the potential to impact and grow a business.

The fund is for ambitious 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. Learn more here.

InvestorsInvestment

Sign up to our investor network and find resources for investors looking for opportunities in the creative industries.

Evolve

Applications now closed.

Creative Enterprise: Evolve is a unique programme that prepares high-potential screen businesses for growth capital. Create and perfect your proposal with direct access leading experts and gain exclusive opportunities to engage with investors.

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 to challenge and prepare companies for further investment and growth. Learn more here. 

New Ideas Fund

Applications now closed.

The New Ideas fund offers small grants for creative entrepreneurs and companies working in moving image for storytelling, offering grants of between £1000 and £25,000 to support the development of new and innovative ideas that have the potential to impact and grow a business.

The fund is for ambitious 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. Learn more here.

Sign up to our investor network and find resources for investors looking for opportunities in the creative industries.