South East Create Growth Programme

Create Growth South East

Screen South is a delivery partner in the new DCMS South East Create Growth Programme, with a range of co-partners from Kent, Essex and Sussex. The aim of the Create Growth Programme is to support creative businesses to explore and secure commercial investment opportunities. To this end each of the selected regions will have a Programme of activity that will enable businesses to be ready for investment and facilitate access to  additional funding from Innovate UK and commercial investors in 2023 and beyond.  

Create Growth is comprised of three complementary strands:

  • Business support targeted at the creative industries
  • Finance to facilitate growth
  • Investor capacity building activities.

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The Create Growth Opportunities open to you

The Create Growth Programme will offer a range of opportunities for businesses in the Creative Industries in the South East region over the next two years. The first two opportunities will be live in the next few months:

1. Grant funding of £10k - 30k for innovation projects

This £3 million funding round will be delivered by Innovate UK, and opens 28 Nov 2022, closing at 11am on 8th February 2023.

Proposals must; be from the creative industries – be from a Create Growth Programme region – focus on a clear growth opportunity and the proposed innovation to address it – demonstrate the impact funding and support can have on the growth plan of the business – engage with the regional support

A webinar briefing will take place on Dec 5th 10am – 12 midday. To sign up for this free event, click here

2. A bespoke investment readiness programme - Opening for applications in the New Year.

The Programme will be tailored to the participating businesses and sub sector specialisms (for example fashion, design, createch, games, film/TV, performance and music). Participants will take part in investment readiness workshops and mentoring as well as developing local and national networks across the creative industries and within the commercial investment world. Participants will also have access to pitching events and further funding rounds delivered by Innovate UK. Our target is for 75% of participating businesses to secure commercial investment by the end of the programme.

Stay tuned for more information

Make sure to keep an eye on the website to find out more inforamtion including how you can apply for these opportunities, or to sign up for more news and announcements from the South East Create Growth Programme please e-mail:

The South East Create Growth Partners