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At Creative England, we believe that talent is everywhere, but opportunity is not. That’s why we build programmes with partners that create opportunities for original storytellers to hear the latest ideas and access the best support.

Our specialist programmes offer skills development, business support and investment opportunities to screen-based businesses and freelancers working in film, TV, games and digital platforms. Working with regional, and national, companies and organisations Creative England connects its partners with creative networks across the regions to support industry growth.

Across the regions, Creative England’s current growth programmes include;

Ideate Manchester

Interested in learning to develop immersive content? Ideate is a new programme for Greater Manchester-based creative businesses looking to expand into immersive storytelling. Bringing together leaders from across the ever-growing world of immersive – from AR/VR, to audio and sound design, theatre and experiential events – to provide expert advice on creating innovative cross-platform content. Find out more here.

Ideate Plymouth

Ideate Plymouth is a new programme for businesses based in and around Plymouth looking to create immersive technology products and solutions. This programme offers intensive business support over five months consisting of mentoring, peer to peer learning and exclusive opportunities to help businesses bring their products to market. Find out more here.

Creative Wakefield: Advance

Advance is a new programme delivered in partnership with Wakefield District Council providing bespoke business support to creative SMEs, individuals and freelancers based in Wakefield and the wider region. This programme is funded by The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s Cultural Development Fund grant, which is administered by Arts Council England.

The programme will offer three levels of support to creative businesses and professionals: Online Content, Mentoring and Events & Workshops. Find out more here.

Cornwall x Connectivity

Cornwall has established itself as a hotbed for innovation and forward thinking; to kick off our new activity to support creatives in Cornwall, join us for an event bringing those working across the creative industries together to discuss industry issues, explore opportunities, and inspire each other. Find out more here.

North of Tyne Culture and Creative Investment Programme

Our new bespoke programme is the first of its kind, offering a combined package of financial and business support for freelancers and businesses working in the culture and creative industriesin North of Tyne Combined Authority Area (North TynesideCouncil, Northumberland County Council, Newcastle City Council). Learn more here.