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Norfolk and Suffolk Culture Board Recruitment

The Norfolk and Suffolk Culture Board is seeking new members to support the delivery of its Manifesto Culture Drives Impact. The Board is looking for dynamic, inclusive cultural and creative leaders, who can start working with us in October 2024. The Board is a collaborative of cultural leaders.

The Board reflects the different organisational scales, employment status and places from across Norfolk and Suffolk. There are currently 3 vacancies as follows:

  • A Chief Executive or equivalent of a major, internationally significant cultural organisation in Suffolk.
  • A Chief Executive or equivalent of a professional cultural organisation focussed on the western area of Norfolk.
  • A Chief Executive or equivalent of a regionally significant, independent Museum in Suffolk.

Remuneration: The role of Board member is voluntary. The Board welcomes those working freelance in the sector and offer an annual fee to freelance members of £1,200, inclusive of expenses, to enable active participation in meetings and the Annual Conference. Access costs are also covered as required.

Term: Three to five years, all Board members may stand for re-election.

Start date: October 21st 2024 Annual Summit Great Yarmouth and 30th October, live meeting in Ipswich.

Deadline for applications: 12 noon 16th August. Interviews 7th October.

Download the full application pack here: Norfolk and Suffolk Culture Board Recruitment Pack

Creative East: Create Growth Programme

The Creative East: Create Growth Programme is a £1.275 million investment readiness and business support programme, funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, to boost growth in the creative industries across the East.

The 12-week package offers participants a bespoke programme of specialist seminars, round table events, one-to-one expert mentoring, pitching sessions and networking events, covering everything you ever needed to know to get your business in shape to take on investment and grow. Participants will be offered exclusive access to key experts in their field from the world of investment and creative industries.

To find out more and to register your interest, please visit: creativeeast.org.uk

Autumn Cohort 2024 – Open for Applications 

This FREE 12-week programme of workshops running in Autumn 2024 takes place at Anglia Ruskin University in Peterborough. Businesses will receive exclusive access to industry leaders, sought-after advice, and tailored guidance. Connecting creative businesses with the resources, experts, and knowledge they need to grow. Read more.

Submit your application before September 2024.

Norfolk & Suffolk Innovation Grant Mentoring Project.

Run by Norfolk County Council, Suffolk County Council and the New Anglia Local
Enterprise Partnership (LEP) the free innovation mentoring and bid writing project helps
small to medium business owners or managers, including micro business owners and sole
traders, who are based in Norfolk or Suffolk to secure the funding they need to develop
their project ideas. Register your interest.

Business Support & Opportunities

Business and Intellectual Property Centre (BIPC) Norfolk FREE Events

90 Minute Pitch Workout
24 September, 14:00 – 15:30, Business & IP Centre Norfolk, Millennium Library, Norwich
Norwich-based Pitch Gym will present an interactive Pitch Workout to help you build and flex your pitch muscles.

BIPC Norfolk Start-up: Business Support Programme

This popular free business start-up programme begins another online run in August.

The programme is for anyone looking to start their own business or go self-employed. It’s also for early-stage businesses that have started within the last 24 months and would benefit from training and support. Delivered by trainers from MENTA Business, it consists of four webinars covering key aspects of starting a business: business planning, marketing, bookkeeping, journey to net zero. Read more.

New Anglia Growth Hub FREE Events for Suffolk Businesses

Digital Marketing Accelerator – 10 Courses in 1 – 4 intensive online 2.5 hr sessions which will revolutionise your approach to marketing.

1: Digital Marketing and Branding,
2: Content marketing, Social Media and Email marketing,
3: Enhance your marketing with Video and AI & getting to grips with SEO,
4: What to measure and how to measure it, GDPR & strategy & planning.

Next course starts on 16 July, so register now to secure your spot.

An Introduction to Business Growth Planning (Suffolk) – online session

This fully-funded online workshop is exclusively available to businesses in Suffolk, and will equip you with essential tools and techniques to achieve significant business growth over the next three years.

14 August, 9:30 – 11:30

Grants – how to create a great application (Suffolk) – online session

Entrepreneurs and small business owners, learn about what Grants are available for you in Suffolk and how to create a great application.

12 August, 9:30 – 12:00

NatWest Accelerator Programme

The FREE NatWest Accelerator supports and empowers UK entrepreneurs to scale their businesses to the next level. The programme specialising in wrap around support provides one-to-one coaching, mentoring and networking opportunities. It is open to all business owners, you do not have to be a NatWest customer. Read more.

Digital Springboard – Helping Businesses in East Suffolk

The Digital Springboard programme launched by MENTA, on behalf East Suffolk Council, offers free digital support to businesses in East Suffolk who may need help with creating or improving their website, online shop or social media presence. Read more.

BT Sustainability for Small Business

The BT Sustainability programme, delivered by Small Business Britain in partnership with BT, is a free six-week, online CPD Accredited programme offering vital sustainability training to small businesses. The programme starts on 9 September will help entrepreneurs understand and make the most of the incredible opportunities that sustainability can bring. Read more.

Start-up Grant for Norfolk Businesses

The Business & IP Centre Norfolk in conjunction with MENTA Business, have launched a Business Start-Up Grant to help aspiring Norfolk business owners get their businesses up and running successfully.

Start-up and recently established small and micro businesses (trading for less than 24 months and under £250,000 projected first year turnover), based in Norfolk, may apply for grants of between £300 and £1,500 to assist with the purchase of equipment, stock, marketing or professional services that will kick-start establishing the business. Grants may be used to fund projects or activities costing in the range of £400 to £2,500, with a self-invested applicant contribution required of 25% (for projects of £400-£500), 30% (for projects of £501-£1,000) or 40% (for projects of £1,001-£2,500).

To find out more about the grant, email MENTA at heretohelp@menta.org.uk

Start, Build and Grow Business Programme

Start, Build and Grow is a FREE programme created for businesses in Ipswich, providing fully funded tailored support for participants to start and grow their enterprise and help to develop their business knowledge and skills.

The programme has been developed by Ipswich Borough Council in partnership with Business Growth Coaches Network, AMS Business Consultants and the University of Suffolk and is funded by the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

Read more and apply here.

The Small & Mighty Enterprise Programme

Small Business Britain is excited to deliver the Small & Mighty programme to help grow small businesses with expert guidance and mentoring.

This six-week programme to supercharge sole traders and micro businesses, concludes with a growth plan to support the next year of business opportunity. It will be delivered entirely online, allowing access from anywhere in the UK with flexible learning enabling opportunities for all.

Sign up here to find out about the next round of Small & Mighty programme.

Start-up: Business Training Programme, Business & IP Centre Norfolk

Start-up is a free online business training programme for those looking to start their own business, go self-employed or early stage businesses that have started within the last 12 months. Delivered by MENTA Business, it consists of webinars and one-to-ones and offers access to grant funding (subject to eligibility). Read More.

Apprenticeships Norfolk Support for Businesses

Apprenticeships Norfolk are committed to support Norfolk businesses who are looking to share their apprenticeship levy or those who are looking for additional apprenticeship funding through a levy transfer, encouraging circular economic benefits – keeping skills funding in Norfolk. Find out more here.

British Business Banks Start Up Loan Scheme Administered by Nwes

Nwes is the Regional Business Support Partner in the East of England and London for the British Business Banks Start Up Loan scheme.

A Start Up Loan is a personal loan of between £500 – £25,000 for business purposes for a term of 1 to 5 years at a fixed rate of 6% per annum. Applicants must be over the age of 18 and be starting a new business or have been trading for up to 36 months. Read more.

Nwes offers all applicants a one day Start Up Loan Virtual Workshop to work alongside its trainers and network with other entrepreneurs whilst producing a business plan and cashflow.

Help to Grow: Management Course with Norwich Business School

Help to Grow: Management is a 12-week applied course supporting managers and leaders of small and medium sized businesses. Delivered by Norwich Business School, the programme is accredited by the Small Business Charter, with funding support from HM Government. The course costs £750 and will be delivered with a mix of virtual and face-to-face classes. Expressions of interest can be made for September 2024. Read more.

Broadland & South Norfolk Business Builder Programme

The Business Builder programme provides funding advice and training to help local businesses to grow and prosper. Providing investment and support for new and existing businesses to help aid the economic growth of South Norfolk and Broadland. Read more.

Each local authority receives separate funding allowing Broadland District Council and South Norfolk Council to support businesses from this programme.

Norfolk Chambers of Commerce Business Climate Leaders Programme

Norfolk Chambers of Commerce Business Climate Leaders programme aims to educate, enable and support SME businesses to seek and apply appropriate, tested actions and activities that will put them on the path to net zero.

Norwich Eco Hub

Norwich Eco Hub CIC aims to provide a ‘hub’ for people, social enterprises, charities, community groups and small businesses to meet, work and collaborate, to help build a more resilient and enviromentally sustainable local economy. Read more.

Carbon Charter Website – A business pathway to net zero carbon

The Carbon Charter provides support and recognition to small and medium sized businesses that commit to and adopt carbon reduction measures and sustainable business practices throughout Suffolk and Norfolk. Read more and sign up here.

Game Anglia – Games Development in East of England

Game Anglia is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company that helps the young people and independent game developers in the East of England get the connections, skills and experience needed to succeed in the UK-wide and international game development industry.

Norwich Upcycling Exchange

Norwich BID has launched the Norwich Upcycling Exchange, a website which connects businesses with Norwich waste producers to create a circular economy, providing a steady supply of free raw materials for enterprises and helping Norfolk businesses become more sustainable. Sign up to the online directory to offer or request materials.

The Business & IP Centre (BIPC) Norfolk

Supporting you from that first spark of inspiration to successfully starting and developing a business in Norfolk. The BIPC offers free and low-cost access to business intelligence, market research, one-to-one advice, workshops, networking and support. Visit the BIPC Eventbrite page for a full list of events.

MENTA Networking Events

MENTA Thursday networking events are held at locations across Norfolk and Suffolk with monthly morning events in Haverhill, Bury St. Edmunds, Woodbridge and Norwich.

New Anglia Growth Hub Free Business Support

New Anglia Growth Hub’s business advisers offer free support and guidance for businesses, they can help you find out more about the latest Government schemes and a range of local initiatives and funding schemes.

Go Digital Funding Programme

Go Digital is for micro, small and medium sized businesses based in Norfolk who want to make better use of digital tools to help them grow. Read more

Opportunities

Creative Enterprise Screen Launchpad Business Support Programme

In autumn 2024 Creative Enterprise is launching an exciting new business support programme called Screen Launchpad that supports professionals who want to take the leap into starting a business whilst targeting underrepresentation of all forms in the screen industries. Prior to the launch they would like to learn more about the barriers and challenges you might be facing when it comes to starting a business in the screen industries. Read more.

Norfolk Screen Newsletter

Norfolk Screen is the official Film Office for the region and provides a dedicated service that promotes Norfolk as a screen-friendly county in the East of England, showcasing locations, talent, services and facilities. They are committed to growing the local screen sector by developing, supporting and promoting a thriving TV, film and digital media industry and culture within Norfolk, and providing opportunities for the local film making community. Sign up to the Norfolk Screen Newsletter to keep up to date with all the latest  announcements.

FREE Creative Careers Guide from I Like Networking

Looking to build a career in the creative industry? Get the inside track from experts on how to build a creative career path that works for you. Read more.

BFI Future Film Festival Award

Support for the next generation of short filmmakers in the UK or anywhere in the world, targeted at those aged 16-25. The scheme may enable participants to be considered for inclusion in the tenth BFI Future Film Festival, in February 2025. Read more.

Deadline: 2 August 2024

Award 2025 the British Ceramics Biennial

Award celebrating the vitality of contemporary ceramics practice in the UK with ten artists selected from an open submission process. Each selected artist will receive £1,000 towards the presentation of their work as a central component of the Biennial. From the selected artists, one winner is announced and awarded a £10,000 cash prize. Read more.

Deadline: 9 September 2024

East Anglian Book Awards – Enter Now!

Submissions for the East Anglian Book Awards 2024, which celebrate the outstanding literary culture of our region is now open. A winner from each of the six subject categories will be chosen; one of which will receive the overall East Anglian Book of the Year Award, with a top prize of £1,000. Read more.

Deadline: 9 August 2024

East Suffolk Business Awards 2024

The Suffolk Chamber of Commerce East Suffolk Business Awards highlight the talent, excellence and inspiration that shines in East Suffolk. If you are an organisation or an individual who excels in the business or local community, then these awards are for you. Businesses are able to enter their chosen categories themselves or nominate others. The awards will culminate in a celebration on 14 November. Read more.

Deadline: 31 August 2024

Studio 21 Scene-By-Scene Drama Series Script Competition

A competition with a mission to find a global scripted series from new writers that can be released scene-by-scene on digital and then stitched together to create a traditional longform drama for television. the winner a £10,000 prize to option or acquire the script and Each finalist will also receive a free consultancy session from Script Angel. Read more.

Deadline: 18 September 2024

FUSE 2024

FUSE 2024 is Collusion’s new collective of young creatives (age 17-30). Members will become ‘colluders’ in Collusion’s work, join a creative community and gain industry insights and career support. Starting on 30 January FUSE 2024 will meet monthly on Tuesday evenings at the White Barn, King’s Lynn. Register here.

Free digital training programme 2024 & Circular by WCCE x Making Design Circular

World Crafts Council Europe (WCCE) in collaboration with Making Design Circular (MDC), is pleased to announce the launch of a new mass open online course (MOOC) Circular by WCEE x MDC with Katie Treggiden on circularity and sustainability, and is geared towards makers, craftspeople, innovators, designers, creatives and stakeholders, both within the cultural and creative industries and beyond. Read more.

Creative Enterprise Screen Growth Course

A FREE dynamic and innovative self-paced online course designed to empower creative entrepreneurs in the screen industry. This course, Created by Creative Enterprise, funded by the BFI and the National Lottery, will equip participants with the essential knowledge and skills needed to thrive in the creative business landscape, providing the key building blocks for a successful and sustainable screen enterprise. Read more.

Troop: Artist Membership Scheme, Cambridge Junction

Troop is Cambridge Junction’s  Artist Membership scheme for performance makers living and working in Cambridge or the East of England, with benefits and opportunities designed to build the community of artists and support the quality of work being produced regionally, and to help develop the local scene. Membership costs £20 for a year and gives the following benefits: scratch nights and performance opportunities, creative masterclasses & practical workshops, space & time to develop work, networking and advisory sessions.

Sir Norman Lamb Coalition for Young People

Sir Norman Lamb and Norfolk Community Foundation have established an innovative Coalition of Norfolk-based VCSE organisations working with children and young people to enrich their lives. By providing access to shared resources and opportunities, sharing good practice, raising the profile of the work groups do, and linking up with larger countywide and national networks, the Coalition will enable groups to have a seat at the table and grow as an organisation. Find out how to become a member

Emerging Creatives Professional Network – FLOCK!

FLOCK is a free creative network for those aged 18-25, emerging onto the arts and cultural scene in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. If you are looking, or know someone who wants to meet like-minded creatives, gain new professional local contacts, and hear about creative career opportunities and get access to exclusive commissions, then encourage them to check FLOCK out!

Events

Norfolk Chambers of Commerce Event

Norwich Business Breakfast

7 August 2024, 8:00 – 10:00, Yalm Food Hall, 22-24 The Royal Arcade, Norwich

Cost: Member Rate £12.50, Non-Member Rate £18

This is an ideal opportunity for businesses of all sizes to connect, gain valuable insights, make new connections and catch-up with existing ones as you network over a delicious breakfast.

Suffolk Tourism, Hospitality & The Arts Network meet-up!

20 September 10:00 – 12:00, The Food Museum, Stowmarket, Cost: £12.50

This event is for anyone working within The Arts or a travel, tourism, leisure, or hospitality business based in Suffolk. Expect Inspiring industry talks from guest speakers to spark ideas, gain insights, and learn from. Read more.

City Conversations – Simplifying Strategies & Mapping Manifestos

25 September 2024, 8:30 – 13:00, Norwich City Football Club, FREE event

Join Norwich Business Improvement District (BID) for a morning of networking and a chance to connect as a business community as they navigate what’s next for Norwich. Read more.

Barclays Eagle Labs Funding Readiness Programme – Powered by Capital Enterprise

Helping entrepreneurs to navigate the funding landscape, this programme helps to demystify funding and to provide founders with the skills and knowledge they need to fund their business growth. Read more.

Funding Readiness Season 13, Autumn 2024Applications open 27 Aug & close 27 Sept

Norfolk Game Developers

Norfolk Game Developers are a welcoming community for local game creators of all experience & backgrounds. Read more.

Norfolk County Council Bid Writing Workshops

Starting on 31 January, NCC will be holding online bid writing workshops from 11:00 to 15:00 on the last Wednesday of every month, throughout 2024. The workshops include sample bids and an exploration of how to design outcomes for social impact. Contact graham.phillips@norfolk.gov.uk if you are interested in attending.

The Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy 2023-24 Training Programme 

The Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy 2024-25 Training Programme includes application writing, crowdfunding and digital fundraising and is appropriate for arts fundraisers at all levels. Book here.

ART // TECH // PLAY Programme, Collusion

The ART // TECH // PLAY programme supports artists and creatives to build confidence and knowledge of creative technologies in a practice-led way, leading to the development of new creative practice, ideas, and networks. Find out more.

Craft Council Business Booster Sessions

Is there an aspect of your craft business that you are struggling to resolve? The Crafts Council has been supporting makers and small craft businesses for 50 years. If you need some advice book a session with their Business Skills team (cost £60), there are a limited number of sessions available each month. Read more.

Health Education England (HEE) Wider Children’s Workforce Mental Health Training

As part of Norfolk County Councils Flourish programme the Anna Freud Centre, Charlie Waller Trust and National Children’s Bureau are piloting new mental health training for the wider children’s workforce. This FREE online training will provide you with the knowledge and tools you need to better understand and support the mental health needs of children and young people. Click here to see available training dates and book your place.

Introduction to Climate Change Awareness Course

A free, online course has been launched to support individuals and businesses to learn about the impacts of climate change and improve their understanding of environmental issues facing communities in Suffolk and beyond. Read more.

itc: independant theatre council Training

itc training courses are designed to provide you with a resilient toolkit of essential skills and specialist knowledge needed to run a performing arts company successfully.
See the latest courses and book here

The Hour Collective: Coaching for Artists by Artists

The Hour Collective supports you to find clarity about how, where, when and what to do on your own terms – to explore options, make decisions, test new approaches, to move forwards. We work with all artists including visual artists, writers, musicians, performers, choreographers, architects, curators, designers.

Artsadmin Creative Support Sessions

Free one-to-one support service for UK-based artists working in contemporary performance, at any stage of their career. Sessions are informal and artist-led, offering an opportunity to talk about anything from artistic ideas and project development to funding and contexts for your work. Book a Zoom session with one of the team.

Digital Culture Network Events

The Digital Culture Network has developed a series of FREE webinars to support arts & cultural organisations and businesses.

Norfolk Chambers of Commerce Events

A series of FREE virtual events which support businesses to restart, rebuild and renew. Click here to see the latest events.

Funding

Amazon Sustainability Accelerator

Support is available for UK based early stage start-ups building innovative physical products with environmental impacts in mind. Products will have quantifiable improvements in at least one aspect of sustainability, including but not limited to: recycled and upcycled materials and products, reusable everyday items, eco-friendly gadgets and tech, more-sustainable clothing, shoes and accessories, and plastic alternatives. Successful start-ups selected will attend a 10 week accelerator programme, receive a £10,000 Cash grant, $10,000 AWS Credits. and a £1,500 travel grant. Read more.

Deadline 31 July 2024

Performance Short Film Competition

Annual awards programme providing cash prizes of £1,500 to UK based short film makers across a number of creative categories. Read more.

Deadline 12 August 2024

Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust Emerging Maker Grants

Grants of up to £10,000 are available for the training and education of UK-based early-career craftspeople who wish to develop their skills and expertise. Read more.

Deadline: 12 August 2024

New Shoots – Shooting People Filmmakers’ Short Film Competition

Support is available for UK filmmakers wishing to progress their career. Read more.

Deadline 15 August 2024

British Council Film Travel Grants Fund

Grants of up to £7,000 available for UK filmmakers and XR creatives to support travel to selected international festivals and showcase events, labs, and co production forums. Grants can be used for travel, accommodation, disability access support and participation fees. This is a rolling fund with no specific deadlines. Read more.

Suffolk Business Grant Scheme

Funded by the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, the Suffolk Business Grant Scheme is delivered by Babergh District Council, East Suffolk Council, Ipswich Borough Council, Mid Suffolk District Council and West Suffolk Council. The funding will support businesses across Suffolk to grow and become more productive, to encourage innovation and to become more environmentally sustainable through small grants to local SME businesses. Businesses can apply for grants between £5,000 and £10,000, with a maximum grant intervention of 50%. Read more.

Babergh & Mid Suffolk District Councils Business Innovation Support Scheme

There are 4 grants of between £500 and £2,500 – £5,000 maximum (depending on the grant) that will help support local businesses from start-up to expansion (any grant will need to be matched with an equal sum of money): Enterprise & Innovation Fund, Growth & Increased Productivity Fund, Environmental Sustainability Fund, High Street Premises Enhancement Fund. Read more.

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and will close on 1 September 2024.

Goldsmiths’ Centre Business Catalyst (Small) Grants

£1,000 grants for sole traders and small businesses working in the jewellery, silversmithing and allied industries, to help accelerate you to the next phase of your growth. Read more.

Deadline: 13 October 2024

Sky Zero Footprint Fund: Local Heroes

Nine SMES from the UK and Ireland are being supported with a funded TV advertising campaign (worth up to £22,500) to boost their operations and spread their message about a sustainable future. Read more.

Deadline: 29 October 2024

British Business Bank Growth Guarantee Scheme (GGS)

This scheme supports access to finance for small and medium-sized UK businesses, so they can grow and invest. The maximum facility value is between £1m & £2m. Read more.

The scheme is available for businesses until the end of March 2026.

ScreenSkills Bursaries

A ScreenSkills bursary is a cash grant for people age 18+ to remove the obstacles to getting into the screen industries or progressing your career once you’re in. You can apply for money to pay for most things that relate to work and continuing professional development. Read more.

Creative Debuts Black Artists Grant

The Black Artists Grant (BAG) is offered by Creative Debuts as a no-strings attached financial support to help black artists. The grant of £500 can be spent on whatever they want – be that to make new work, buy equipment or materials, travel, research, visit exhibitions or conferences, or to even just cover some life expenses. Read more.

Monthly rolling grant.

Babergh and Mid Suffolk – Rural England Prosperity Fund Grants

Three new grant schemes providing capital grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 to small businesses, visitor economy organisations and community organisations in the district’s rural areas:
Apply to the Rural Business Growth Fund
Apply to the Rural Culture & Creativity Fund
Apply to the Rural Communities Fund

Cambridge, Huntingdonshire and South Cambridgeshire – Green Business Impact Programme

This scheme provides grants of up to £5,000 to support local SMEs based in Cambridge, South Cambridgeshire or Huntingdonshire in their efforts to reduce carbon emissions, lower utility expenses, and embrace sustainable practices, as part of the wider UK Shared Prosperity Fund programme. Read more.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

ACE Project Grants: Supporting Grassroots Music

Grants of between £1,000 & £40,000 to support rehearsal and recording studios, promoters, festivals, and venues for live and electronic music performance are available until March 2025. Read more.

Suffolk – UK Shared Prosperity Fund: Business Grant Scheme

Grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 are available to support small and medium-sized enterprises in Suffolk to grow and become more productive, to encourage innovation and to become more environmentally sustainable, as part of the wider UK Shared Prosperity Fund programme. Read more.

Businesses wishing to apply or for further guidance and support should first contact New Anglia Growth Hub to discuss their project ideas, email: info@newangliagrowthhub.co.uk

Creative Growth Finance II Fund

Creative UK and Triodos Bank have launched the new £35 million Creative Growth Finance II fund to offer loans of £100,000 to £1m that will help businesses to grow. The fund is aimed at established creative industries businesses working in Film, TV, Media, Immersive and Video Games, Advertising & Marketing, Digital & Creative Tech, Creative Software Solutions, Fashion, Architecture, Music and Publishing in the United Kingdom who are looking to scale-up and grow. Read more.

North Norfolk – UK Shared Prosperity Fund: Rural Business and Communities Grant

Grants are available to local enterprises (£10,000 – £100,000) in North Norfolk to invest in capital projects, such as the refurbishment of buildings, small capital build projects or the purchase of equipment, tools or machinery to expand growth, move towards net zero or diversify business activity. Read more.

Deadline: Applications are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Growth Works Revenue Grants, HM Government

Revenue Grants of up to £20,000 are available to SMEs in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to support the costs of commissioning external support that is currently acting as a direct barrier to business growth. Read more.

Creative Enterprise Business Builder Grants

Grant initiative designed to support companies who work in moving image for storytelling, spanning film television, games, animation and immersive industries. With grants of up to £2,500, beneficiaries will be able to work with a consultant to build meaningful connections and create opportunities for business growth. Read more.

DCMS UK Games Fund Content Fund
Creative developers and start-up games studios in the UK can bid for grants to turn their new video game ideas into market leaders. Funding can be used for staff and contractor costs for hands-on development activity. £5 million is available over 18 months (from September 2023) to get games ready to release. Individual grants of between £50,000 and £150,000 will be awarded. Read more.

Video Games Tax Credit Loan, Barclays

Available for both TV & film, as well as Video Game Development Companies, Tax Credit Loans enable you to receive advance funds against future tax credits you will receive from HMRC. There is a minimum lending value of £100,000, up to 90% of the tax credit amount (subject to status).The usual term of this lending product is under 12 months. Read more.

Breckland Council Meanwhile Enterprise Grant Scheme

As part of the Meanwhile Enterprise Grant Scheme, Breckland Council are offering business support and financial incentives to local businesses who are looking to occupy empty commercial premises in and around its market towns. It’s developed 3 packages under the current programme which include grants of between £4,000 and £10,000 depending on the package. Read more.

Babergh & Mid Suffolk Business Innovation Support Scheme

The Business Innovation Support Scheme is designed to specifically support local businesses by increasing productivity and encouraging economic growth. There are 4 new grants that will help local businesses from start-up to expansion:

  • Enterprise & Innovation Fund (up to £5,000)
  • Growth & Increased Productivity Fund (up to £2,500)
  • Environmental Sustainability Fund (up to £2,500)
  • High Street Premises Enhancement Fund (up to £2,500)

The minimum application value is £500 and any grant will need to be matched with an equal sum of money. Read more.

Development Grant and Support, Broadland District Council

Grant funding to encourage and support the growth and development of established micro businesses and SMEs within the Broadland district. Grants of up to £5,000 are available (up to 50% of eligible costs). Read more.

Build Up Grant and Support, Broadland District Council

Grant funding of up to £1,000 to encourage and support entrepreneurs with the development of newly started businesses within the Broadland district. Read more.

Shakespeare’s Guildhall Trust Fund – Norfolk, Norfolk Community Foundation

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to provide opportunities for local communities to get more involved in a range of creative, cultural and heritage activities in King’s Lynn. The fund will operate on a rolling basis, with decisions being made in April and October. Read more.

Help Musicians – Touring and Live Support

Financial support of up to £5,000 is available for professional musicians in the UK towards the cost of performing live and touring. Support may be accessed at any time. Read more.

Actors’ Benevolent Fund – Cost of Living Grant

Grants of £500 to £750 are available to actors and stage managers in the UK to help with the rise in the cost of living. Applications for the Cost-of-Living Grant are open the first week of each month for 1 week only. Read more.

The Eaton Fund – Grants for Artists

Small grants of up to £300 are available to support visual artists, including art students, resident in the UK with making a one-off specific purchase to support their work. Read more.

Music Venue Trust Pipeline Investment Fund

The Pipeline Investment Fund (PIF), a new grant-giving fund established by Music Venue Trust, is open for small-scale grant applications (up to £5,000) from UK-based grassroots music venues to support two areas of work: small-scale capital applications and staff & training. Read more.

Big Issue Invest Energy Saving Loans

Big Issue Invest is offering loan finance between £20,000 to £150,000 to social enterprises and charities in England, for energy efficiency and renewable energy installation. Register your interest here.

Suffolk County Council Renewable Energy Fund

Funding is intended to help businesses in Suffolk reduce energy costs and reduce their carbon footprint by supporting the installation of solar PV at their premises.
Support may be accessed at any time. Read more.

Jim Jackson Enabling and Educational Foundation

Support is available to help disadvantaged young people between the ages of 16 and 24 in the south and south east of England become successful by enabling them to pursue their own aims to enter the world of business. Support is in the form of education, mentoring and funding. Applications can be made at any time. Read more.

DCMS Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme

The Government is providing up to £210m worth of voucher funding as immediate help for people suffering from slow broadband speeds in rural areas.

Vouchers worth up to £1,500 for homes and £3,500 for businesses help to cover the costs of installing gigabit broadband to people’s doorsteps.

You can check whether your premises is eligible for a voucher, find a list of registered suppliers, and see those who are active in your area here.

a-n Artists Bursaries 2022-23

Funding of £500 – £1,500 in the form of bursaries is available to help support UK artists working in the visual arts with continued professional practice and creative development. From September 2022 until March 2023, a-n will be trialling a monthly distribution of bursaries. Read more.

Grant schemes for electric vehicle charging infrastructure

The government offers grants to support the wider use of electric and hybrid vehicles via the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV). This includes The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) a voucher-based scheme that provides support towards the up-front costs of the purchase and installation of electric vehicle charge-points, for eligible businesses, charities and public sector organisations.

Grants 4 Norfolk

Looking for funding? Try the FREE Norfolk County Council search facility serving both businesses and communities. Local, regional and national funding opportunities available. Register here.

Babergh & Mid Suffolk Grants

Business Innovation Support Scheme
The Business Innovation Support Scheme (BISS) will cover 50% of the costs (up to £2,500 (or £5,000 for the Enterprise and Innovation Fund)) towards projects that encourage innovation and economic growth.The aim of the scheme is to support businesses who want to innovate, reduce their carbon footprint and stimulate the local economy.

Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Council Community Funding
Through the Community Grants team at the Councils, a range of grants are available for projects that have clear community benefits within the two districts.

Power to Change

Open and upcoming funding programmes for community businesses.

CROWDMATCH: Providing a match-funding incentive to maximise community business crowdfunding.
POWERING UP: Support for community businesses shifting from an emergency mindset to investing in future planning. The initial phase provides support for improving digital skills.
BOOSTER: Supporting community businesses to launch a community share offer with grants and match funding.
REBOOST: Supporting community businesses to raise community shares capital to aid their recovery from Covid-19.

British Business Bank Start Up Loans

Start or grow your own business with a Start Up Loan:

  • Borrow up to £25,000
  • Fixed interest rate of 6% per annum (per year)
  • Repay over a term of 1–5 years
  • 12 months of free mentoring
  • Government-backed

Creative UK Investment Funding

Start Up Loans: Creative UK has partnered with the British Business Bank’s Start Up Loans scheme to unlock new and important finance opportunities for people working across the creative industry in the UK. If you’ve started a business in the last two years, Start Up Loans can help you develop your creative pursuit, offering personal loans of up to £25,000.

Creative Growth Finance: Is a landmark fund providing vital scale up finance to the UK’s most promising creative businesses. Finance will be directed to post-revenue creative businesses presenting promising growth potential and who: bring change, disruption and new IP to the creative industries, harness creativity with technologies and supporting businesses, are talent led. Loans of £100,000 – £500,000 are available across all UK regions.

New Anglia Growth Hub Finance and Funding

The Growth Hub has access to experts and suppliers across a number of different funding approaches for various industries or projects.

News

Norfolk Arts Service: The Arts in Norfolk an Overview 2021-22

Norfolk Arts Service’s latest annual report, The Arts in Norfolk: An Overview 2021-22, has been written for use in a wide range of internal and external contexts to advocate for the role, value and contribution of the arts in Norfolk and to illustrate the significant economic, social and health-related impacts achieved by sustained Norfolk County Council arts investment.

The report highlights the outstanding contribution that our arts organisations, community arts groups and artists have made over the last year. Read the report here.

Creative PEC State of the Nations Research Series

Creative PEC’s new ‘State of the Nations’ series, uses the latest data to inform policymakers on how best to support the creative sector across four thematic areas. The first report ‘Geographies of Creativity’ shines a light on the role of microclusters in the creative industries, and explains why creative clusters are good targets for intervention and investment, and a key engine for economic growth in the UK. Read more.

Cultural Mobility Funding Guide

This updated edition of the Funding Guide, published by On the Move with Arts Infopoint UK, gathers and presents information on the organisations and programmes that provide financial support to artists and culture professionals who wish to travel internationally for their work from and/or to the United Kingdom as well as British Crown Dependencies and UK Overseas Territories. Download the guide here.

New Plans for the Future of UK’s Creative Industries

The Government and the Creative Industries Council have published their vision for the UK creative industries, an ambitious plan to grow the sector by £50 billion and support a million more jobs by 2030. Key areas addressed include strengthening creative clusters, supporting talent development, and aligning education with industry needs. Read the Vision here.

CULTURE DRIVES IMPACT: The Norfolk and Suffolk Culture Board Manifesto

This Manifesto sets out the shared ambition of the Norfolk and Suffolk Culture Board (NSCB) for culture to drive impact as we recover from the Covid-19 pandemic and as we foster opportunities for long-term renewal. It is based on an 18-month journey which has involved consultation, listening and development to explore the priorities and aspirations of the cultural sector in and across Norfolk and Suffolk.

The Manifesto and New Anglia LEP Cultural Strategy Evidence Report can be downloaded here.

The Creative Industries and the Climate Emergency

The AHRC-funded Creative PEC and Julie’s Bicycle have published the first ever sector by sector overview of climate and environmental sustainability in the creative industries.

From advertising to visual arts, it looks at each sub-sector’s environmental impact, charts a path to sustainability, highlights obstacles to progress, and sets out priorities for research and support. Read the report here.

New ACE Creative Health & Wellbeing Plan

Arts Council England’s new Creative Health & Wellbeing plan sets out how they’re going to work within health and social care, and promote collaboration between organisations and practitioners in the creative and health sectors.

How and why rural creative businesses cluster together, Creative Industries Policy & Evidence Cente (PEC) led by nesta

New research published by the PEC – in partnership with the National Innovation Centre
for Rural Enterprise (NICRE) – finds that creative micro-clusters are spread widely across
England, with around a third of all rural creative firms operating within a cluster. They have also developed an interactive map tool that lets you explore the rural creative
microclusters.

Creative UK Report 

The UK Creative Industries is the first report of its kind, exploring the power and potential of the UK’s creative industries to regenerate places, rebuild the economy, drive innovation and create jobs in all parts of the UK. Read more