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£1M Creative Cities Growth Programme Launched For Regional Partners

Today at an exclusive event held at Manchester’s “HOME” Creative England will officially launch the Creative Cities Growth Programme, a £1M package to encourage and support creative industry hotspots in film, television, games and digital media in cities and regions outside of London. 

We're looking for public and private companies and organisations to work with to develop support programmes around specific industry areas, to invest directly into creative businesses in their region. 

Caroline Norbury, CEO, Creative England said: 

“Our cities and regions are vibrant centres of creativity that have delivered classic films; iconic architecture; world-class writers; and ground-breaking technology.

“We know that when businesses cluster around specialist areas and where there is a vibrant cultural scene it gives them more opportunity to succeed, share skills, and to be even more innovative as part of a supportive and collaborative network of talent. 

“We want to work with people who are passionate about supporting their local industry so together we can help regions to thrive; creating a strong creative economy and generating jobs.”

Creative England will also announce a wider programme of investments at the event, including a re-launch of their Business Loans and Interactive Healthcare Fund for both the North West and the West Midlands in partnership with Greater Manchester AHSN and Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust respectively.

Ed Vaizey, Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy, said: 

"Our creative industries are world class, and there is a huge array of outstanding talent and incredible skills in cities, towns and villages right across the country. 

"Creative England's innovative programme of investment is providing a fantastic opportunity for creative businesses to access new finance, helping them continue to thrive."

The event will bring together established companies such as Shine North and Flix Facilities with Creative England-supported businesses like The Gate Films and KMS Solutions to demonstrate the wealth and breadth of creative companies found across Manchester’s entire creative sector.

Alex Connock, Managing Director of Shine North, said: 

“So far the 'northern powerhouse' story has been defined by fractious debate around how to pull the North closer to the capital: high speed rail, HS2. In fact the reverse challenge is the one we should be focussing on, how to pull the capital closer to the north: investment. And not for yet more office block developments in Manchester.

“The North needs capital for the businesses that drive global sales and jobs, in places like Hollywood and Silicon Valley.  The North needs investors in content and creativity.”

Applications for the Creative Cities Growth Fund have now closed. 

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