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Business Planning Support

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Applications are now open.

The Creative Enterprise* Business Planning Support will pay grants of up to £5000 to support companies who work in moving image for storytelling, spanning film television, games and immersive, to build meaningful connections and create opportunities for business growth.


The grants can be used to subsidise the cost of working with an expert to support companies 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. For more examples of how the grants can be used, please read our guidelines.

Please note that the award cannot be used to pay staff, management, directors, or shareholders of the company for their contributions to the business plan.

Who is it for?
The programme will support registered sole traders and SMEs working in ‘moving image’ for storytelling. We will consider companies working with on screen content that tells a story in order to entertain an audience. This includes those working in film, TV, animation, games and immersive media, tech platforms with a narrative focus; and where the content is consumed on screen.

How much can I apply for?

The maximum amount available for business planning support is £5,000.  This will be subject to a pre-approved budget and work-plan and not every business may need the maximum award.

When is the deadline?

This is a rolling fund and therefore, there is no current deadline for applications. Applications will remain open until March 2022 or until the fund is depleted, whichever occurs sooner.

In partnership with the BFI, Creative Enterprise was developed three years ago to grow screen businesses in the English regions. Through intensive programmes and bespoke workshops led by industry leaders and mentors, Creative Enterprise provides expertise and training to futureproof the next generation of moving image companies. By bringing together companies who work in moving image for storytelling, we build meaningful connections and create opportunities for business growth. The programme set out to support moving image entrepreneurs and businesses to develop new business models, products and services.

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