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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.

Meet Last Year’s Cohort

Blak Wave Productions

Blak Wave is an independent production company based in Bristol, committed to producing film and TV that better reflects our society, giving a voice to unheard voices and telling untold stories.

Cardboard Sword

Starting out in publisher-side QA and working
through to development QA Lead, then into
Production roles before co-founding
independent developer Cardboard Sword,
Olly’s career has spanned fifteen years. In
that time he’s also managed to squeeze in
some teaching , is part of several educational
panels, and runs Game Bridge, a networking
community in the north east of the UK helping
to grow and connect developers and
development studios in the region. As CEO
of Cardboard Sword he is responsible for
running the studio, as well as pitching their
own-IP projects to publishers and investors

Cold Star Media

Cold Star Media creates compelling content for audiences, while simultaneously engaging and delivering the objectives of key partners and funders through: Research and development of innovative production and storytelling techniques. Development of creative, technical and production talent. Augmentation of education through content, expertise and real-world work experience. Core to our work is the Aeon storyworld. Set 60 years in the future, a time when gene editing of organisms is commonplace, Aeon provides an ongoing narrative that develops through each of our projects; from online series and live shows, to science festivals and the dramatisation of education materials. The company was founded by writer, director, musician and producer, Richard Evans. Our projects have received funding from Arts Council England and Creative England, along with commissions from the University of Manchester and Manchester Science Festival.

Blak Wave is an independent production company based in Bristol, committed to producing film and TV that better reflects our society, giving a voice to unheard voices and telling untold stories.

Starting out in publisher-side QA and working
through to development QA Lead, then into
Production roles before co-founding
independent developer Cardboard Sword,
Olly’s career has spanned fifteen years. In
that time he’s also managed to squeeze in
some teaching , is part of several educational
panels, and runs Game Bridge, a networking
community in the north east of the UK helping
to grow and connect developers and
development studios in the region. As CEO
of Cardboard Sword he is responsible for
running the studio, as well as pitching their
own-IP projects to publishers and investors

Cold Star Media creates compelling content for audiences, while simultaneously engaging and delivering the objectives of key partners and funders through: Research and development of innovative production and storytelling techniques. Development of creative, technical and production talent. Augmentation of education through content, expertise and real-world work experience. Core to our work is the Aeon storyworld. Set 60 years in the future, a time when gene editing of organisms is commonplace, Aeon provides an ongoing narrative that develops through each of our projects; from online series and live shows, to science festivals and the dramatisation of education materials. The company was founded by writer, director, musician and producer, Richard Evans. Our projects have received funding from Arts Council England and Creative England, along with commissions from the University of Manchester and Manchester Science Festival.

Elevator Productions

Kate Hodgson and Justin McDonald launched Elevator Productions in Liverpool in 2017, uniting world-renowned talent with new voices, producing independent film and television with commercial appeal. Their first short film ‘A Modern Magician’ featuring actor Brian Cox won several international awards and was selected in competition at many film festivals including Manchester International film festival (BIFA qualifying), Liverpool International film festival, Soho film festival New York, Dam Short film festival and Sci-Fi London. Currently working with Creative England’s Creative Enterprise scheme, Elevator Productions are planning steps towards their first feature film with a slate of scripted projects that are in development for film and television.

Flick Solitaire

Flick Solitaire the finest card game on mobile keeps dealing the decks that artists, art lovers and fans are FLICKING fanatical about. More than a mobile game, Flick Solitaire’s tiny team based in London, England have decided to make art and their artists the focus of their video game.

Huey Games

Huey Games was founded in 2016 by three veterans with 50+ years of combined games industry experience. We successfully funded our first original IP, Hyper Sentinel, on Kickstarter and self-published it on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC and mobile in 2018. Nintendo Switch ports of The Mystery of Woolley Mountain and Silk followed in 2019, and we completed work-for-hire commissions on two VR projects and one mobile project.

Kate Hodgson and Justin McDonald launched Elevator Productions in Liverpool in 2017, uniting world-renowned talent with new voices, producing independent film and television with commercial appeal. Their first short film ‘A Modern Magician’ featuring actor Brian Cox won several international awards and was selected in competition at many film festivals including Manchester International film festival (BIFA qualifying), Liverpool International film festival, Soho film festival New York, Dam Short film festival and Sci-Fi London. Currently working with Creative England’s Creative Enterprise scheme, Elevator Productions are planning steps towards their first feature film with a slate of scripted projects that are in development for film and television.

Flick Solitaire the finest card game on mobile keeps dealing the decks that artists, art lovers and fans are FLICKING fanatical about. More than a mobile game, Flick Solitaire’s tiny team based in London, England have decided to make art and their artists the focus of their video game.

Huey Games was founded in 2016 by three veterans with 50+ years of combined games industry experience. We successfully funded our first original IP, Hyper Sentinel, on Kickstarter and self-published it on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC and mobile in 2018. Nintendo Switch ports of The Mystery of Woolley Mountain and Silk followed in 2019, and we completed work-for-hire commissions on two VR projects and one mobile project.

Hummingbird Films Ltd

Based in Bristol, UK, Hummingbird Films is the award winning independent production company of Producer Jayne Chard. Initially producing broadcast documentaries, in the last five years focusing on developing and producing drama. To date Hummingbird has made three feature films – TWO HEADS CREEK (2019), shot in Bristol, UK and Australia, B&B (2017) starring Tom Bateman, Paul McGann and Sean Teale, was also shot in Bristol, and DARTMOOR KILLING (2015), shot entirely on location in Dartmoor. These films were financed through a mixture of UK funding bodies – Creative England and Film Cymru for B&B, co-production partners, Dicentium Films and Storm Vision Entertainment for TWO HEADS CREEK and private investment.

Inceptive Films

We are a film and television production company, based in the East Midlands, creating high-end drama and documentary. With over twenty years of production experience, our team bring a wide range of professional skills and specialisms. Our core team have worked across genres, not only creating multi award winning drama and documentary, but also commercials, music and advertising promotional videos.

Indefinite Films

Indefinite Films was set up by multi-award winning film maker Bruce Goodison and producer Kate Cook to make an original feature film Leave to Remain and is one of the first independent drama production companies in Bristol, recently selected as one of Channel 4’s Emerging Indies.

Based in Bristol, UK, Hummingbird Films is the award winning independent production company of Producer Jayne Chard. Initially producing broadcast documentaries, in the last five years focusing on developing and producing drama. To date Hummingbird has made three feature films – TWO HEADS CREEK (2019), shot in Bristol, UK and Australia, B&B (2017) starring Tom Bateman, Paul McGann and Sean Teale, was also shot in Bristol, and DARTMOOR KILLING (2015), shot entirely on location in Dartmoor. These films were financed through a mixture of UK funding bodies – Creative England and Film Cymru for B&B, co-production partners, Dicentium Films and Storm Vision Entertainment for TWO HEADS CREEK and private investment.

We are a film and television production company, based in the East Midlands, creating high-end drama and documentary. With over twenty years of production experience, our team bring a wide range of professional skills and specialisms. Our core team have worked across genres, not only creating multi award winning drama and documentary, but also commercials, music and advertising promotional videos.

Indefinite Films was set up by multi-award winning film maker Bruce Goodison and producer Kate Cook to make an original feature film Leave to Remain and is one of the first independent drama production companies in Bristol, recently selected as one of Channel 4’s Emerging Indies.

Leo & Hyde

We write musicals that sound different – fusing original, electronic sound-worlds with contemporary stories about modern life and future technology to create a truly 21st century theatrical experience.

Mustang Films

Charlotte is an award winning Creative Director and Executive Producer who works with international broadcasters and world-class commercial partners, producing television programmes for the UK, US and Asia markets as well as highly acclaimed content and live experiences for partners as diverse as RADA, Google and Chinese state broadcaster CCTV. Before setting up Mustang Films in 2018, she was the Executive Producer of BBC Earth Productions, where she drove innovation and creative solutions for platforms such as TV, Digital, VR, large frame format and Live Events.

Nequinox Studios

We’re Nequinox, a ‘AAA’ games studio based on the outskirts of one of the UK’s brightest and most vibrant cities, Manchester. Led by Anthony and Stephen Robinson, our company was founded as a centre for technical excellence in the video games industry. In the two years since opening our doors, we’ve become a ‘go-to’ studio for technical challenges and co-development on AAA and mobile games.

We write musicals that sound different – fusing original, electronic sound-worlds with contemporary stories about modern life and future technology to create a truly 21st century theatrical experience.

Charlotte is an award winning Creative Director and Executive Producer who works with international broadcasters and world-class commercial partners, producing television programmes for the UK, US and Asia markets as well as highly acclaimed content and live experiences for partners as diverse as RADA, Google and Chinese state broadcaster CCTV. Before setting up Mustang Films in 2018, she was the Executive Producer of BBC Earth Productions, where she drove innovation and creative solutions for platforms such as TV, Digital, VR, large frame format and Live Events.

We’re Nequinox, a ‘AAA’ games studio based on the outskirts of one of the UK’s brightest and most vibrant cities, Manchester. Led by Anthony and Stephen Robinson, our company was founded as a centre for technical excellence in the video games industry. In the two years since opening our doors, we’ve become a ‘go-to’ studio for technical challenges and co-development on AAA and mobile games.

Playtra

Playtra is an independent game studio based in London. Our mission is to create games that define a generation. We believe games have the power to change everything. Great games have been inspiring people since the dawn of humanity, and we will still be playing games when we’re all living inside asteroids in the depths of space.

Portopia

Established near Birmingham during Lockdown in the summer of 2020, Portopia Productions develops diverse and innovative content for film, TV and digital platforms designed to appeal to the widest possible audience. Entertaining and thought-provoking storytelling is at the heart of everything we do and is reflected in our slate of scripted projects and non-scripted documentaries and factual entertainment formats.

Radical Forge

We started as 2 people making radical stuff to do with video games back in 2017, but now we’re a sharp, adaptive and daring company. Leaping from strength to strength, inspiring the already strong and growing game development hub within the Middlesbrough region. Radical Forge have pushed, grown and succeeded since their formation to become an established name within the game development industry as a place of creativity, innovation and adventure. Handling many projects across multiple platforms including PC, Xbox, PlayStation, Oculus Quest, iOS, Android and Nintendo Switch.

Playtra is an independent game studio based in London. Our mission is to create games that define a generation. We believe games have the power to change everything. Great games have been inspiring people since the dawn of humanity, and we will still be playing games when we’re all living inside asteroids in the depths of space.

Established near Birmingham during Lockdown in the summer of 2020, Portopia Productions develops diverse and innovative content for film, TV and digital platforms designed to appeal to the widest possible audience. Entertaining and thought-provoking storytelling is at the heart of everything we do and is reflected in our slate of scripted projects and non-scripted documentaries and factual entertainment formats.

We started as 2 people making radical stuff to do with video games back in 2017, but now we’re a sharp, adaptive and daring company. Leaping from strength to strength, inspiring the already strong and growing game development hub within the Middlesbrough region. Radical Forge have pushed, grown and succeeded since their formation to become an established name within the game development industry as a place of creativity, innovation and adventure. Handling many projects across multiple platforms including PC, Xbox, PlayStation, Oculus Quest, iOS, Android and Nintendo Switch.

Reel Soul

Reel Soul Movies is an independent production company that works with artists, writers, musicians, dancers, philosophers, ecologists and scientists to co-create innovative, entertaining and inspiring work for cinema, TV, radio, exhibition, live performance and online digital platforms. We develop, create and produce work to commission in the area of fiction, drama, documentary and the space in between.

Slug Disco

Slug Disco Studios is a small indie games development studio based in the UK. We are currently working on our first game Empires of the Undergrowth.

Story Juice

Story Juice is a globally connected studio specialising in interactive and immersive storytelling and game development. Its multiplatform practice ranges from gaming to performance, narrative design to interactive and immersive experiences, print to digital, fiction to journalism, audio to film, mobile to social, education and heritage to entertainment, AR and MR to VR, and includes integrating platforms in storyworlds.

Reel Soul Movies is an independent production company that works with artists, writers, musicians, dancers, philosophers, ecologists and scientists to co-create innovative, entertaining and inspiring work for cinema, TV, radio, exhibition, live performance and online digital platforms. We develop, create and produce work to commission in the area of fiction, drama, documentary and the space in between.

Slug Disco Studios is a small indie games development studio based in the UK. We are currently working on our first game Empires of the Undergrowth.

Story Juice is a globally connected studio specialising in interactive and immersive storytelling and game development. Its multiplatform practice ranges from gaming to performance, narrative design to interactive and immersive experiences, print to digital, fiction to journalism, audio to film, mobile to social, education and heritage to entertainment, AR and MR to VR, and includes integrating platforms in storyworlds.

Tall Story

Tall Story Games Ltd was founded in 2020 by husband and wife creative team Tom and Emma Hardwidge as a way to tell stories in an engaging and creative way. With over 25 years with experience in the creative and storytelling industries, Tom is the creative driving force behind the narrative-driven adventure games we produce. Emma’s career in children’s television, and marketing brings specialist insights and strategic expertise to the team.We produce games for ourselves, for the adventure gaming community and for clients who’d like to produce a story-based game to promote themselves or a specific campaign, but don’t know where to start.

Utopian Game Labs

UGLA provides targeted, effective, vocational training combining top-flight video games expertise & professional education knowhow to lay direct digital pathways into employment.

Wingarm

Founded in 2016, Wingarm Ltd brings
compelling stories brimming with humanity,
imagination and a sprinkling of northern charm
to the screen.They are known for producing
uncompromising films that amplify unheard
voices, telling fascinating authentic stories.
With success across comedy, drama and
documentary film, all of their projects share a
personal touch and originality that captivates
audiences and critics alike.

Tall Story Games Ltd was founded in 2020 by husband and wife creative team Tom and Emma Hardwidge as a way to tell stories in an engaging and creative way. With over 25 years with experience in the creative and storytelling industries, Tom is the creative driving force behind the narrative-driven adventure games we produce. Emma’s career in children’s television, and marketing brings specialist insights and strategic expertise to the team.We produce games for ourselves, for the adventure gaming community and for clients who’d like to produce a story-based game to promote themselves or a specific campaign, but don’t know where to start.

UGLA provides targeted, effective, vocational training combining top-flight video games expertise & professional education knowhow to lay direct digital pathways into employment.

Founded in 2016, Wingarm Ltd brings
compelling stories brimming with humanity,
imagination and a sprinkling of northern charm
to the screen.They are known for producing
uncompromising films that amplify unheard
voices, telling fascinating authentic stories.
With success across comedy, drama and
documentary film, all of their projects share a
personal touch and originality that captivates
audiences and critics alike.

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