Creative Sector Growth Programme - round 1 grant awards
Decision Maker: Chief Executive, West of England Combined Authority
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
The Combined Authority’s Recovery Fund
process resulted in a funding allocation for a business support
programme for creative industries/businesses, following on from the
successful Creative Scale-Up programme and match funded by the
Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS)
(£500k recovery funding and £300k DCMS). The Creative
Sector Growth Programme was designed through extensive engagement
with the sector and the Creative Advisory Board.
The programme will be delivered in partnership with the Combined Authority’s delivery partner, Watershed, who will lead on peer support and training. The Combined Authority will manage the mentoring grants for businesses on the programme. 100 businesses will receive a grant of up to £3,000 for mentoring, coaching or consultancy which will be paid out on evidence of incurred costs. 20 businesses that demonstrate they are ready to scale up, and are looking to seek investment, will receive £6,000 for mentoring, coaching or consultancy. The programme will be delivered over two rounds.
Proposals for recommended awards for Round 1 were prepared, with engagement from West of England unitary authority economic development and business/skills lead officers. The proposals were also the subject of consultation with the Chief Executives of the West of England unitary authorities.
To approve the recommended Creative Sector
growth programme - round 1 grant awards as per Appendix
Alternative options considered:
Not applicable in relation to this specific
decision, i.e. this was the option considered.
Publication date: 02/09/2021
Date of decision: 31/08/2021