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The Creative Enterprise* Business Planning Support will pay grants of up to £5000 to support companies who work in moving image for storytelling, spanning film television, games and immersive, to build meaningful connections and create opportunities for business growth.

The grants can be used to subsidise the cost of working with an expert to support companies with their business planning and strategy. This may include acquiring specialist expertise, knowledge and contacts that will get under the skin of your company and refine your business proposition. For more examples of how the grants can be used, please read our guidelines.

The Business Planning Support grants are only available to businesses based in the English regions outside of London (any address based inside the M25). If you are based in London or any of the devolved administrations (Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland), your application will be automatically declined.

Please note that the award cannot be used to design the business plan (visually), pay staff, management, directors, or shareholders of the company for their contributions to the business plan.

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Who is it for?
The programme will support registered sole traders and SMEs working in ‘moving image’ for storytelling. We will consider companies working with on screen content that tells a story in order to entertain an audience. This includes those working in film, TV, animation, games and immersive media, tech platforms with a narrative focus; and where the content is consumed on screen.

The Business Planning Support grants are only available to businesses based in the English regions outside of London (any address based inside the M25). If you are based in London or any of the devolved administrations (Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland), your application will be automatically declined.

How much can I apply for?

The maximum amount available for business planning support is £5,000.  This will be subject to a pre-approved budget and work-plan and not every business may need the maximum award.

When is the deadline?

This is a rolling fund and therefore, there is no current deadline for applications. Applications will remain open until March 2023 or until the fund is depleted, whichever occurs sooner.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Creative England?

Creative England is working to build the right environment for the future of the creative industries by helping them raise their ambition, create jobs, grow turnover and build the confidence and networks they need to be truly innovative. We invest, connect, mentor, advocate and collaborate at all levels of the industry, from individuals and small independents to large internationals, creating the right conditions for success. For further details please visit www.creativeengland.co.uk

What is Creative Enterprise?

In partnership with the BFI, Creative Enterprise was developed three years ago to grow screen businesses in the English regions. Through intensive programmes and bespoke workshops led by industry leaders and mentors, Creative Enterprise provides expertise and training to futureproof the next generation of moving image companies. By bringing together companies who work in moving image for storytelling, we build meaningful connections and create opportunities for business growth. The programme set out to support moving image entrepreneurs and businesses to develop new business models, products and services.

What are Business Planning Grants?

Forming a detailed business proposal and implementation strategy Forming a detailed business proposal and implementation strategy Creative Enterprise supports companies who work in moving image for storytelling, spanning film television, games and immersive, to build meaningful connections and create opportunities for business growth. Creative Enterprise will pay up to £5000 to subsidise the cost of working with an expert to support companies with their business planning and strategy. This may include acquiring specialist expertise, knowledge and contacts that will get know you and your company and refine your business proposition. Some examples where expertise may be used are as follows:

  • Support with financial modelling/illustrations
  • Developing a SWOT analysis-
  • Market research and analysis
  • Commercialisation strategy
  • Marketing strategy
  • Resource strategy

This list contains only examples and is not limited. Expertise may be used across a number of areas to refine your 3 year business plan.

At the end of this process, applicants will have typically developed a robust 3-year business plan that can then be used to direct the company’s future growth and as a tool for pitching for investment.

Please note that the award cannot be used to design the business plan (visually), pay staff, management, directors, or shareholders of the company for their contributions to the business plan. If you have any questions, contact the Creative Enterprise teamrcreativeenterprise@creativeengland.co.uk

Creative England is working to build the right environment for the future of the creative industries by helping them raise their ambition, create jobs, grow turnover and build the confidence and networks they need to be truly innovative. We invest, connect, mentor, advocate and collaborate at all levels of the industry, from individuals and small independents to large internationals, creating the right conditions for success. For further details please visit www.creativeengland.co.uk

In partnership with the BFI, Creative Enterprise was developed three years ago to grow screen businesses in the English regions. Through intensive programmes and bespoke workshops led by industry leaders and mentors, Creative Enterprise provides expertise and training to futureproof the next generation of moving image companies. By bringing together companies who work in moving image for storytelling, we build meaningful connections and create opportunities for business growth. The programme set out to support moving image entrepreneurs and businesses to develop new business models, products and services.

Forming a detailed business proposal and implementation strategy Forming a detailed business proposal and implementation strategy Creative Enterprise supports companies who work in moving image for storytelling, spanning film television, games and immersive, to build meaningful connections and create opportunities for business growth. Creative Enterprise will pay up to £5000 to subsidise the cost of working with an expert to support companies with their business planning and strategy. This may include acquiring specialist expertise, knowledge and contacts that will get know you and your company and refine your business proposition. Some examples where expertise may be used are as follows:

  • Support with financial modelling/illustrations
  • Developing a SWOT analysis-
  • Market research and analysis
  • Commercialisation strategy
  • Marketing strategy
  • Resource strategy

This list contains only examples and is not limited. Expertise may be used across a number of areas to refine your 3 year business plan.

At the end of this process, applicants will have typically developed a robust 3-year business plan that can then be used to direct the company’s future growth and as a tool for pitching for investment.

Please note that the award cannot be used to design the business plan (visually), pay staff, management, directors, or shareholders of the company for their contributions to the business plan. If you have any questions, contact the Creative Enterprise teamrcreativeenterprise@creativeengland.co.uk

Who are Business Planning Grants for?

The programme will support registered sole traders and SMEs working in ‘moving image’ for storytelling. We will consider companies working with on screen content that tells a story in order to entertain an audience. This includes those working in film, TV, animation, games and immersive media, tech platforms with a narrative focus; and where the content is consumed on screen. Here the content’s primary aim must be for entertainment rather than advertising, education etc.

What are the eligibility requirements?
  • Be a registered sole trader with a UTR number; or a Limited Company registered on Companies House Be based in the English regions outside of London
  • Have ambitions for company growth and a clear vision for your business.
  • Have relevant track record* in the screen industry (e.g. film, TV, Games, VR & immersive) * For example trading as a company for at least 12 months, or experience bringing a product to market
  • Have a business proposal that includes storytelling through creative content/moving image as a significant component; the main purpose must be to engage and entertain an audience.
How much can I apply for?

The maximum amount available for business planning support is £5,000. This will be subject to a pre-approved budget and work-plan and not every business may need the maximum award.

The programme will support registered sole traders and SMEs working in ‘moving image’ for storytelling. We will consider companies working with on screen content that tells a story in order to entertain an audience. This includes those working in film, TV, animation, games and immersive media, tech platforms with a narrative focus; and where the content is consumed on screen. Here the content’s primary aim must be for entertainment rather than advertising, education etc.

  • Be a registered sole trader with a UTR number; or a Limited Company registered on Companies House Be based in the English regions outside of London
  • Have ambitions for company growth and a clear vision for your business.
  • Have relevant track record* in the screen industry (e.g. film, TV, Games, VR & immersive) * For example trading as a company for at least 12 months, or experience bringing a product to market
  • Have a business proposal that includes storytelling through creative content/moving image as a significant component; the main purpose must be to engage and entertain an audience.

The maximum amount available for business planning support is £5,000. This will be subject to a pre-approved budget and work-plan and not every business may need the maximum award.

How does the application process work?

When you apply for business planning support, we will ask you to submit a proposed budget and work-plan. Ideally, we would expect the planning process to take no more than 6 months and to involve the owner/CEO of the company and any other relevant senior management.

You can view a list of some of our recommended experts here. If you would like to work with an expert not featured on this list, please provide details as part of your application.

At the end of this process, applicants will have typically developed a robust 3-year business plan that can then be used to direct the company’s future growth and/or as a tool for pitching for investment.

This is a rolling fund and therefore, there is no current deadline for applications. Applications will remain open until March 2023 or until the fund is depleted, whichever occurs sooner.

Assessment Selection and Criteria

Applications will be assessed by the Creative Enterprise team. We may also use external assessors and/or appropriately qualified independent professional advisors. We recognise that applications may contain commercially sensitive information and all proposals will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.

We will typically consider the track record of your business and its management, the feasibility of your future growth plans, and the impact that our support might have on your company.

We aim to process applications for business planning and applicants will be informed of the panel’s decision within 6 weeks of submission.

Due to the volume of applications, we regret that feedback on unsuccessful applications cannot be provided.

How will the decisions be made?

Awards of support will be made solely at the discretion of Creative England, whose decision is final. Creative England reserves the right to withdraw the grant support offer without notice, at any time.

If you have any questions please contact creativeenterprise@creativeengland.co.uk

When you apply for business planning support, we will ask you to submit a proposed budget and work-plan. Ideally, we would expect the planning process to take no more than 6 months and to involve the owner/CEO of the company and any other relevant senior management.

You can view a list of some of our recommended experts here. If you would like to work with an expert not featured on this list, please provide details as part of your application.

At the end of this process, applicants will have typically developed a robust 3-year business plan that can then be used to direct the company’s future growth and/or as a tool for pitching for investment.

This is a rolling fund and therefore, there is no current deadline for applications. Applications will remain open until March 2023 or until the fund is depleted, whichever occurs sooner.

Applications will be assessed by the Creative Enterprise team. We may also use external assessors and/or appropriately qualified independent professional advisors. We recognise that applications may contain commercially sensitive information and all proposals will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.

We will typically consider the track record of your business and its management, the feasibility of your future growth plans, and the impact that our support might have on your company.

We aim to process applications for business planning and applicants will be informed of the panel’s decision within 6 weeks of submission.

Due to the volume of applications, we regret that feedback on unsuccessful applications cannot be provided.

Awards of support will be made solely at the discretion of Creative England, whose decision is final. Creative England reserves the right to withdraw the grant support offer without notice, at any time.

If you have any questions please contact creativeenterprise@creativeengland.co.uk

In partnership with the BFI, Creative Enterprise was developed three years ago to grow screen businesses in the English regions. Through intensive programmes and bespoke workshops led by industry leaders and mentors, Creative Enterprise provides expertise and training to future-proof the next generation of moving image companies. By bringing together companies who work in moving image for storytelling, we build meaningful connections and create opportunities for business growth. The programme set out to support moving image entrepreneurs and businesses to develop new business models, products and services.

Should you have any access or communication requirements relating to our applications and guidance, then please contact the team at creativeenterprise@creativeengland.c o.uk or 0333 023 5240.

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