Over £500,000 boost to creative economies in Hull and Newcastle

Over £500,000 awarded through Creative Local Growth Fund to projects in Hull and Newcastle

Launched in July 2015, the Creative Local Growth Fund aims to support arts and cultural organisations working with Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and key strategic bodies to contribute to local economic growth. The fund will lever in more than £8.4 million from the European Regional Development Fund and the European Social Fund in 2016-19, as well as £6.5 million from other sources.

 

 

Launched in July 2015, the Creative Local Growth Fund aims to support arts and cultural organisations working with Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and key strategic bodies to contribute to local economic growth. The fund will lever in more than £8.4 million from the European Regional Development Fund and the European Social Fund in 2016-19, as well as £6.5 million from other sources.

The Goodwin Trust has been awarded £299,799 to extend its existing business support initiative to creative businesses and practitioners across Hull and East Yorkshire. Working with partners, including the Humber LEP, it will target areas of deprivation and under-represented groups providing support and guidance for people considering self-employment and for those new to running their own business.

Newcastle University has been awarded £271,362 to help the creative arts sector take part in the Creativity Works research-informed business development programme. The programme aims to build capacity in organisations and practitioners in all artforms across the North East through increased innovation, developing new working models and improving processes.

Darren Henley, Chief Executive at Arts Council England said: “Investment in arts and culture pays economic dividends in all of our lives.  The creative industries are worth £84.1 billion each year to the UK economy and public investment in arts and culture is one of the key factors in driving forward this growth. As part of our investment right across England, we support small and medium sized enterprises in the creative and cultural sectors to grow and become more resilient. Up and down the country, the projects supported through the Creative Local Growth Fund will help to fund innovation, creating hundreds of new jobs.”

Kishor Tailor, Chief Executive of the Humber LEP said: “We’re pleased to congratulate Goodwin Trust on being successful in attracting the Creative Local Growth Fund money and look forward to working with them and partners such as Hull City Council on the roll out of their programme. With Hull 2017 City of Culture celebration now at detailed planning stages, this project is ideally timed to play a significant role in building the capacity and profile of the arts and cultural sector, maximizing its long term legacy both socially and economically.”

Helen Golightly, the North East LEP’s Chief Operating Officer said: “The arts and creative sector is an important part of the North East economy, and it’s fantastic news that Newcastle University has been successful in its bid for support from the Creative Local Growth Fund.  The University has secured more than £271,000 for a project working with business in the creative sector to improve innovation, working practices and processes. The University’s Creativity Works programme will help to develop arts-based business’ capabilities to win new business, create more and better jobs and boost the sector’s growth in the North East.”

Nine applicants from across the country have been awarded £3,819,971. The Creative Local Growth Fund is supported from the National Lottery through the Arts Council and there will be a further round of the fund opening in the autumn. More information can be found here.

 

 

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