Business Support & Opportunities

GLIDE Creative Entrepreneurs Bootcamp, Buckinghamshire New University
Online Workshops, 6 to 10 December 2021

A week of free, online specialist workshops designed by creatives for creatives. A GLIDE Bootcamp will arm you with all the knowledge you need to turn your creative business idea into a reality. You will learn the fundamentals of creating a limited company or registering as self-employed, along with practical tips about business planning, growth, establishing your brand and more.

Expanding Business Support in Norfolk Libraries

Thanks to £13m funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, the British Library’s BIPC Network is undergoing a major expansion, from 14 to over 100 regional and local library-based centres across England by 2023.

In Norfolk, the number of BIPC Local centres has increased from three to six – there are now BIPC Locals at Cromer, Great Yarmouth, King’s Lynn, Thetford, Wroxham and Wymondham libraries – as well as the BIPC Norfolk regional hub at the Millennium Library in Norwich.

BIPC Norfolk can help people at different stages of their business – whether just starting out, needing advice on protecting business assets (IP), or ready to take the next step.

Small Business Saturday UK – Saturday 4 December

Small Business Saturday UK is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities.
On Saturday 4 December, BIPC Norfolk is taking part by holding open days at some of our BIPC Locals.

Whether you’re thinking of starting your own business or have an existing small business, pop in to see us and find out about the free resources you can access through BIPC Norfolk.

Come and see us at our BIPC Locals in:
Wymondham Library from 10.00 – 14.00
Cromer Library from 13.00 – 16.00
Great Yarmouth Library from 13.00 – 16.00
Click on the links above to book a free ticket now or drop in on the day.

Bedroom to Business: Are you ready to start your own business?

We’re excited to offer a free six-week online programme that will take you on a journey from ‘Bedroom to Business’ – from the spark of an idea to setting up your own business.

The last 18 months have been tough and many people have had to find alternative sources of income. If you’re thinking about starting a new business venture, this programme will help you decide if you’re ready, support you to develop your idea and give you the tools you need to get started.

Bedroom to Business runs weekly for six weeks and is being delivered by MENTA. It consists of six two-hour workshops with a chance for Q&As and one-to-one coaching sessions after each workshop. You are welcome to join this course at any point during the 13 weeks. Recordings of earlier sessions will be available on BIPC Devon’s website. Participants who attend 10 of the 13 sessions will receive a certificate of completion.

IP support at your local library

If you are a business person, an inventor, an artist or an author, knowing the kind of intellectual property (IP) you own and how to protect it is essential.

As well as providing online 1-to-1s, we are now offering confidential face-to-face IP guidance at our BIPC Locals. Trained IP advisors can provide guidance on a range of intellectual property topics up to, but not including, legal advice.

Book one of the next sessions at Wroxham or Great Yarmouth libraries or look out for more coming up on the Eventbrite page.

Creative Unlimited Business & Entrepreneurs Support Programme

The Creative Unlimited project is designed to help economic recovery and growth in the creative, cultural and digital sectors in Norfolk and Suffolk and is a partnership between New Anglia LEP, University of East Anglia, Norwich University of the Arts, University of Suffolk, Suffolk County Council and Norfolk County Council (as part of the legacy of the StartEast programme). The project will help organisations and individuals develop and showcase their creative ventures through bespoke business workshops, masterclasses, mentoring and direct support.

ICET Project | University of Suffolk

The European Social Fund and University of Suffolk are financing ICET, a £1m project to support SMEs to access high quality, immersive digital and professional leadership training.  A key element of the ICET project is to promote the progression of women in business and digital arenas. SMEs that register and apply to the ICET project, can request 50% of funding towards high level, immersive courses. Find out more

Head East Campaign update: How to promote your autumn/winter events

Head East, has now been live for ten weeks and has achieved a reach of 21.3 million so far. This campaign showcases the vibrant arts, culture and heritage in Norfolk and Suffolk through an online events calendar, bespoke itineraries, monthly content in Eastern Daily Press’ ‘What’s On’ guides, and curated social media content.

How to Get Involved
List your event(s) and venue for FREE on the Visit East of England website
1. Add an event listing
2. Add a free venue listing

Share your newsworthy stories for national press. Please email any stories about events and artists to Head East’s PR Lead Elma Glasgow

Norfolk for Business Twitter @norfolkforbiz

The business support team at @norfolkcc will keep you informed about grants, training & mentoring to help you grow your business.

New Anglia Growth Hub Free business support

New Anglia Growth Hub’s business advisers offer free support and guidance. They can help you find out more about the latest Government schemes and a range of local initiatives. Speak to them for impartial advice on 0300 333 6536 or email .

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

Employer Training Incentive Programme

Employer Training Incentive Programme (ETIP) is a delegated training grant programme, aiming to assist Norfolk SMEs (less than 250 employees) in sectors that have been most effected or highlighted by COVID-19. Businesses, including self-employed business owners, will be able to use the grant to increase their employees’ skills level whilst supporting the diversification, growth or survival of the organisation. Read more

fsb – National Federation of Self Employed & Small Businesses Limited Events

Join us for our virtual events, including networking and business surgeries designed to help you find advice, support and guidance for your small business. FSB events are open to all small businesses and the self-employed across the UK.
East of England Female Entrepreneurs’ Meetup – 24 November 2021 at 10:00, online networking for female entrepreneurs!

Reopening Norfolk Safely: Norfolk County Council Guidance for businesses 

Everyone in Norfolk needs to feel that no matter where they go in in the county their safety is paramount, whether they are residents, visitors or holidaymakers.

Norfolk County Council has created a toolkit providing all the information and tools you need to help you to reopen your business safely this spring.

Download the toolkit here


PEACH West Norfolk Community Commissioning Programme- Call for Proposals

PEACH West Norfolk, is a Local Cultural Education Partnership (LCEP) seeking to support a range of activities and bold ideas which can help to realise its mission to provide: ‘ A rich and varied offer of cultural education activities for children and young people across West Norfolk with which to raise their ambition, wellbeing and skills’.

The Partnership has a small pot of money to invest between 2021-23 and expects to support between 4-8 projects based on the needs and ambitions of the wider community. The deadline for receipt of proposals is 10am on 29 November 2021 for activity starting no earlier than 1 January 2022. Click here for further information.

BLOC LAB: Creativity & Mental Health Artist Residency
A mixed-media arts residency exploring the relationship between participatory arts and mental health. In collaboration with Suffolk Artlink, Association for Suffolk Museums, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, and Suffolk County Council.

This opportunity will offer paid, mixed media artist residencies in libraries and museums for six Suffolk-based artists interested in building an understanding of clinical and creative working practices. The residency runs from January – April 2022. The artists will then be asked to design and deliver a course over seven weeks, for people with mental health challenges. The total fee for artists is £2,995, including R&D and workshop delivery. Application Deadline: 29 November 2021

Association for Suffolk Museums Evaluation Consultancy Commission

The Association for Suffolk Museums is commissioning a consultant to develop and deliver a comprehensive evaluation of a portfolio of cultural health and wellbeing workstreams and create a framework that is transferrable in approach and can applied in evaluating future cultural health and wellbeing programmes.

The work must be undertaken over a 12 month period running from January – December 2022.
The maximum available budget for this work is up to £35,000, including all travel and expenses.

For more information regarding the specific project milestones, please refer to the Evaluation Framework specification.

Contact with any clarification questions.

Deadline for submissions: midnight Monday 3 January 2022

Muir Trust Residency 2022

Applications are now open for the Muir Trust Residency 2022. The Muir Trust is looking for an established mid-career, UK-based artist-printmaker to respond to the theme of “Printing the Museum” through their choice of print media. The artist will create new artworks inspired by the museum and its collections. The residency will be based in Aylesbury for 20 days during April / May 2022. The selected artist will have a dedicated studio-space in the museum and the residency will include open studio sessions, an adult workshop, 6th form art student session and a public talk. An award of £3,000 will be paid, plus an allowance for subsistence/travel expenses.
Application Deadline: 30 November 2021

Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Opportunity

Heritage Compass  is supporting the sector to develop essential skills in business planning, audience development, leadership and change management. Join 300 other heritage organisations across England and help your organisation to thrive over this free year-long programme, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through the recruitment period until midday 16 December 2021.

Heritage Compass Q&A Meeting – Online, 9 December 2021, 12:00

Periscope Secondary School Commissioning Callout

Periscope, West Suffolk’s cultural education partnership, want to commission a cultural organisation or artist, to create a new project which inspires, enriches and celebrates secondary-school students across West Suffolk, Mid Suffolk, and Babergh through arts and culture. To be eligible to apply, you must be an arts and culture organisation or individual, based in Periscope and/or the county of Suffolk and committed to developing long-term relationships with schools and other partners in our area. The project can be for a single year group or a key stage.  A total of £20,000 can be applied for, which will be awarded in a single amount to one individual or collective bid. For more information email: . Deadline: 20 December 2021

MediaFutures Open Call

The MediaFutures support programme is looking for artists and startups eager to reshape the media value chain through innovative, inclusive and participatory applications of data and user-generated content.

MediaFutures seeks to support novel, unconventional ways for people to engage with journalism, science, and democracy, using approaches and tools from the arts, technology, and innovation. The second open call challenge invites innovative, creative and impactful ideas which address the issues of online misinformation and disinformation in different domains.
Application Deadline: 27 January 2022

Invitation to participate in the Civic University Project

The University of East Anglia (UEA) prides itself on Civic activity: being a University of Sanctuary, collaborating with our Health and Social Care Partners, and supporting community partnership projects. Over the next year we are running a series of open, participatory events to help us understand how citizens, voluntary groups, businesses, and institutions across the region might want to partner with us in civic activity. We would love the arts and cultural sector to be at the heart of those conversations. Our events will tour Norfolk and Suffolk starting on November 27th in Norwich – from the events as a whole we will co-produce a Civic University Agreement that represents the passions, needs and curiosity of our region.  If you would like to attend one of our events, please fill in our form.

New B2B Tourism Survey launched to develop East of England future plan

With the worst of the pandemic behind us and overseas territories opening again to travellers, Visit East of England and stakeholders are seeking your thoughts on how to build back our vital visitor economy as quickly as possible, and to inform our approach to government, national tourist bodies and to future marketing. The survey takes about 7 minutes and the information you supply will be invaluable in helping develop future plans for the tourism industry in the East of England.

ACE Survey: Impact of Covid-19 on the Cultural Workforce

To understand the extent of the  impacts of Covid-19 in more detail, we have commissioned ICM Unlimited to undertake the largest independent research survey of its kind to explore the impact of the pandemic on yourself and others working in the cultural sector. We’d be really grateful if you could spare 10 minutes of your time to complete our survey, which closes on 23 November.


Heritage Compass comes to you! (Cambridge Taster), Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy
14 December 2021, 13:00-16:00, Junction in Cambridge

This taster session for the free Heritage Compass programme, at the Junction in Cambridge, will start with a light lunch, followed by facilitated networking and a workshop with a guest speaker David Johnson. Read more

Top 10 Digital Marketing Trends For 2022, HDK
14 December 2021, 10:30-11:30

In this free one-hour webinar, HdK will be forecasting what the top digital marketing trends will be for 2022. Tune in on Tuesday 14 December at 10:30am UK time. Read more

Free Skillset Webinars, The Audience Agency

How to create an audience development plan – 13 December 2021, 13:30-15:00
Working through the process of creating an audience development plan for your organisation.

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.

Arts Health Early Career Research Intensive
9-13 May 2022, Snape Maltings, Cost: Early bird rates from £629 (student) – £899 (professional), some scholarships are available.

Presented by the Arts Health Early Career Research Network, University College London, and the University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine in partnership with Snape Maltings’ Creative Campus, the Arts Health Research Intensive provides a rich introduction to the evidence base around arts in health and fundamentals of evaluation and research. Read more and apply

FREE Thriving Communities Webinars, National Academy for Social Prescribing

Developing the all-age social prescribing offer – Babies, Children and Young People’s social prescribing – 7 December 2021, 15:00-16:00
Webinar exploring social prescribing which supports the younger generation.

Film Hub South East Opportunities

Audience Development through Social Media – Online, 7 December 2021, 10:30-12:30.
This session will look at the work of Yorck Kino in Berlin and how they have used new social media techniques to grow their audiences exponentially.

Theatre from Lived Experience, Centre for Excellence in Participatory Theatre
Online, 20 January 2022, 11:00-13:00, Cost: donation

In this session we will explore practical exercises and creative prompts for making theatre based on participants’ lived experience, as well as discussing the ethics of this practice.

Firm Foundations. Cornwall Museums Partnership
Online training, 21 Jan 2022 to 11 Mar 2022

Firm Foundations is a course for people embarking on a capital development project in the culture and heritage sectors.

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

itc: independent 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.

MENTA Networking Events
New for 2022 Thursday face-to-face business networking in Suffolk & Norfolk

MENTA Thursday networking events are held at locations across Suffolk with monthly morning events in Haverhill, Bury St. Edmunds, Woodbridge and Norwich* Find our upcoming events below. MENTA welcomes all in business to our events. Choose your preferred location and join the business conversation. *Norwich events begin in March 2022. Our events are supported by Jacobs Allen Chartered Accountants.

Get it Together: Business and VCSE speed networking event
26 January 2022, 11:00 – 12:30

A free virtual networking event connecting businesses, charities and community groups. Are you a VCSE organisation looking for an opportunity to engage with businesses more effectively? Are you a business keen to align your values and provide meaningful support to your local community?

Arts Connect Senior Leader Apprenticeship (Arts and Culture) MBA (Senior Business Leader)
Online, 1 January 2022

The course offers leadership and management skills combined with business development acumen that will enable you to have a positive impact as a senior leader in the arts and cultural sector.

Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Training Sessions – Cost £50 – £75 per session

Fundraising for Individual Artists – 13 & 20 January 2022, 10:00-12:30
Digital Tools for Fundraisers – 18 & 25 January 2022, 10:00-12:30
Business Planning – 19 & 26 January 2022, 10:00-12:30
Corporate Fundraising – 3 & 10 February 2022 10:00-12:30

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.


DBACE Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Entrepreneurs 2022

Applications for DBACE 2022 open on 13 January. For 28 years the Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Entrepreneurs has helped creatives bring their ideas to life.

Partnering with MeWe360, the programme aims to enable and celebrate talented 18-30 year olds driven to make positive social impact through their creative enterprise.

The £60,000 prize fund and £100,000 worth of business support will be split between 5 winners.

British Fashion Council Vogue Designer Fashion Fund

The Fund develops the infrastructure of a designer’s business & increases their profile as a creative British business. Read more

Application Deadline: 6 January 2022

The Circular Future Fund: The Million Pound Challenge

In partnership with Hubbub, the John Lewis Partnership is launching a £1 million fund to support trailblazing ideas and innovations that can accelerate the transition towards a more circular economy.

Whether it’s rethinking waste with new products or materials, finding creative ways to shift consumer mindsets or developing new business models and services, we’d like to hear from you.

The fund will provide grants between £150,000-£300,000.

Application Deadline: 9 January 2022.

Business Growth Grant, Norwich City Council

Grants between £500 and £10,000 are available to Norwich-based micro, small or medium enterprises (with fewer than 250 employees) for projects which support business growth. Applications must be received no later than 31 January 2022, approved purchases/works must be complete before 18 March 2022.


ARTCRY is a new fund supporting urgent artistic responses to current social and political events. The fund aims to encourage artists to create bold political work with funding in seven days to enable fast action.

ARTCRY are seeking applications that open up or provokes dialogue and doesn’t close it down, can startle people with a new perspective, asks audiences to think more deeply, strives to make an impact, respects difference and can be presented in the public realm, with a spirit of openness and accessibility at its core. Applications can be from any artform and from artists at any stage in their career. Grants of up to £2,500 are available.

National Lottery Community Fund – Platinum Jubilee Fund

Grants are available for local not-for-profit organisations across the UK to deliver community projects which support new opportunities and build better relationships across generations and with the natural world, in commemoration of Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Maximum value: £50,000. Application deadline: 15 December 2021

Moblox Limited Pitch to Piers Competition

Former Dragons’ Den judge Piers Linney is offering support to UK small business owners to boost their growth. Maximum value: £10,000. Application deadline: 28 January 2022

Heritage Crafts Association – Training Bursary for Black and Ethnically Diverse Makers

Funding is available for Black and ethnically diverse makers based in the United Kingdom to support the development of heritage craft skills. Maximum value: £4,000. Application deadline: 13 December 2021

Arts Council England National Portfolio 2023 Onwards

Information about Arts Council England’s National Portfolio investment process for 2023 onwards, including who can apply, the timeline for applying and how to prepare. Read more

Covid Continuity Fund for Culture, Suffolk County Council

The Covid Continuity Fund for Culture is a grant fund totalling £370,000.

The purpose of the fund is to support cultural and creative organisations to resume their previous activities safely, and / or to support them to transition to new ways of working.

The fund offers grants of between £3,000 and £30,000. Applicants are encouraged to apply for the amount that is required rather than develop bids around the maximum award.

All ‘not for profit’ cultural and creative organisations and groups who are based in Suffolk are eligible to apply. This includes charities, community interest groups and social enterprises.

Grants will be awarded on an ongoing, rolling basis, reviewed every 2 weeks. The grant programme will close when funding is fully allocated.

UK Global Screen Fund, DCMS administered by the BFI

Funding is available to support independent screen companies across the UK, ensuring a UK-wide benefit and addressing geographic imbalance within the industry. Application deadline: 15 December 2021

Film & TV Charity Stop-gap Grants

One-off grants available to individuals in financial need who work behind the scenes in film and TV in the UK.
Maximum value: £750

Business Innovation Support Scheme

Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils are pleased to offer a range of new grant schemes, in support of our local independent businesses. The grants are designed to encourage sustainable innovation and economic growth. Read more

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.

East Suffolk Plan for the Future Grant

Delivered by the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership and East Suffolk Council, the new ‘Plan for the Future’ scheme begins on Monday 27 September and provides support to businesses in East Suffolk which have been severely affected by Covid-19 and the subsequent restrictions. Read more

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.


Global Fibre Impact Explorer

Textile Exchange is proud to take on the Global Fibre Impact Explorer – a tool built by Google in partnership with WWF that helps brands understand the environmental risk of their raw materials sourcing. Our goal in taking the tool into 2022 and beyond is to equip all brands, big and small, with the data they need to make more sustainable sourcing decisions.

New quality framework planned for social prescribing

The National Association of Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA), the National Academy of Social Prescribing (NASP) and London 2012 legacy funder Spirit of 2012 have together launched a project to make social prescribing easier and more effective. Read more

Culture: The Missing Link to Climate Action

A new report by Julie’s Bicycle, Culture: The Missing Link to Climate Action, says that the global creative community has embraced environmental action at local, sectoral and national level, which has grown substantially during the pandemic, and there is an opportunity now for government policy to draw on the culture sector’s creativity and power to motivate.

ACE – Building on Environmental Commitments 

ACE has published Environmental Responsibility: From Understanding to Action, which is the first stage of their new environmental policy and action plan. It summarises the environmental impacts and carbon footprint and what they’ve been doing to change.

Creative Industries PEC led by nesta New Research Focus on Climate Change

We’re partnering with Julie’s Bicycle to look at a research agenda on climate change for the creative industries. As part of this new research initiative, we have also commissioned two new projects on net zero and sustainability goals in the theatre and fashion sectors: Managing transition in the UK fashion sector & Transitioning to sustainable production across the UK theatre sector .

Arts Council England Delivery Plan 2021-24

To achieve the vision of Let’s Create, ACE will publish a series of Delivery Plans over the next decade. These will set out in more detail the steps it will take to deliver Let’s Create and how it will resource them. The first Delivery Plan covers 2021-24. Its a live document, which will be added to and updated over the coming months and years. Read More

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

The Audience Agency ‘Build Back Creatively’ Toolkit  

As the UK emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic and looks to the future, it’s clear that Britain’s genuinely world-beating creative industries can play a vital role both in rebuilding the country’s economy and helping communities emerge from successive lockdowns.
This toolkit is a practical document that you can begin using today to work out how you to boost your local creative economy. Download it here