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Calling all Creative, Cultural and Arts organisations and businesses!

Creative Unlimited Investment Readiness Programme is looking for founders of businesses and organisations from the Creative, Cultural and Arts sectors in Norfolk and Suffolk who would like to participate in a FREE programme of masterclasses, workshops and one to one mentoring to learn more about investment and financial sustainability.

The Invest East Investment Readiness Programme has been running for two years and has so far worked with more than 100 businesses to help them become more financially sustainable and able to grow and develop. Businesses on the programme have learned about funding and investment and how to maximise their chances of securing the funding they need. Many have developed new products or services and made important connections through the programme’s experienced pool of mentors and fellow participants to help with their business journey.

Thanks to additional funding from the Norfolk Strategic Fund managed by Norfolk County Council with funding contributed by Norfolk Council and NALEP as well as UEA we are now able to widen the programme to run a bespoke cohort for founders within the Creative, Cultural and Arts sectors. The programme is completely free to participants who will attend masterclasses on topics such as Protecting IP, Business Planning, Funding Strategy, Legals, Financial Planning and Pitching to Funders.

There will be smaller, specialised round table sessions and access to a pool of mentors across a range of specialisms for one to one work. Participants will work on developing and refining their funding pitch with feedback and insights from experienced advisors, investors and mentors.

The programme starts in April and sessions take place across the following months culminating in an event in July where selected businesses and organisations will get an opportunity to pitch to an invited audience of funders and key stakeholders. Anyone interested in finding out more should get in touch now by emailing Sam Burton, Investment Analyst Advisor on the programme at sam.burton@uea.ac.uk or sign up to an information session on zoom:

When: March 10th at 10:00 AM

Register in advance for this webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Vj3WTqyvT2GfG7yi29UqPA

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

 

Creative Unlimited – NEW Business Support for Creative Industries in Norfolk and Suffolk

Businesses and entrepreneurs in the region’s Covid-hit creative sector are being invited to take up free support from industry experts.

Advice on areas such as business start-ups, accessing investment and funding and network building will be provided in group and one-to-one sessions through the project backed by the Norfolk Strategic Fund.

Creative Unlimited 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, and Norfolk County Council.

The project will help organisations and individuals develop and showcase their creative ventures through bespoke business workshops, masterclasses, mentoring and direct support.

Norfolk and Suffolk are home to a wealth of creative, cultural and digital talent and the sessions will be designed and delivered by industry experts and experienced creative entrepreneurs. The aim is to make the businesses taking part financially sustainable and support them in moving up to the next level.

For any businesses or entrepreneurs interested in what this support could mean for you, register your interest here.

 

Common Ground Leaders – Norfolk & Norwich Festival 

Common Ground Leaders is a community of 18 – 25 year olds who are interested in learning more about the arts, heritage, creating, producing, and changing the world around them. If you’re based in East Anglia, want to join a community of like-minded individuals where you can develop your skills & personal practice whilst  accessing unique opportunities then this is a good fit for you.

By joining Common Ground Leaders you will be able to:

  • Access a network full of young creatives and new opportunities
  • Gain arts & heritage experience and kick-start your career
  • Create and lead positive and meaningful change in your community

Click here for further details. 

Common Ground is a Norfolk & Norwich Festival 250 project supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

 

Invest East: Investment Readiness Programme

A free “investor led” programme to support Norfolk and Suffolk businesses to understand and prepare to raise equity and other forms of finance. The programme is now accepting applications to Cohort 4 of the Investment Readiness programme. For more information, click here or contact the team.

 

Business & IP Centre Norfolk Reset. Restart programme

The Business & IP Centre Norfolk has developed a free dedicated online programme of business support.open to all business owners, especially those in the first years of trading. Alongside the national Reset. Restart programme run by the British Library Business & IP Centre, they are offering a series of free local 1 to 1 support sessions, workshops and networking events.

 

EXPERIENCE Art Trail Project Manager Invitation to Quote

Norfolk County Council (NCC) is seeking an Art Trail Project Manager to manage the development and delivery of a world-class, site-specific outdoor art and sculpture trail. Applications from both organisations and freelancers are welcomed. The trail is a major part of the Interreg France (Channel) England project EXPERIENCE, which aims to attract visitors to Norfolk during the off-season by developing a unique, innovative, inclusive and sustainable tourism offer.

The value of the contract is £50,000 and it runs from 1 April 2021 to 31 December 2022. More information about this opportunity is available on Contracts Finder. Closing date: midday on 25 February 2021

 

Love Light Norwich: Artist Call Out

Following the success of the debut Love Light Norwich festival in 2020, if their funding bid is once again successful, Norwich BID hopes to bring the festival back to the city in February 2022. This accessible, immersive spectacular attracted over 15,000 people in its first year, with projections, interactive installations, and live performance. Norwich BID is inviting all artists to submit their proposals to present existing artwork and exciting new commissions for the festival. All commissioned artists will receive a fee for their work.
The closing date for applications is 15th of March 2021.

 

Pier Projects Arts Agency Artist Commission

Pier Projects Art Agency are looking to commission an artist for their fourth place-responsive project in the coastal town of Felixstowe in Suffolk. The commission, to be developed and delivered in 2021, will explore walking as a creative practice and offer a new artwork or map for people to explore the town.

The Artist will receive a fee of £3,000 plus a budget of £1,000 for travel, expenses or materials.
Deadline: 15 March 2021

 

Help for small businesses to secure innovation grants

New Anglia LEP are supporting a free innovation mentoring and bid writing scheme to help smaller businesses secure the funding they need to develop their project ideas. The scheme helps small to medium business owners or managers, including micro business owners and sole traders, who are based in Norfolk or Suffolk.
Find out more here.

 

Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Entrepreneurs

These awards provide young entrepreneurs in the UK who are looking to enter the creative industries and who have a desire to create and sustain social value through their enterprise. Start-up capital, business training and mentoring will be provided. Learn more here. Deadline 31 March 2021

 

Creative Local Growth Fund: Evaluation

Arts Council England has published an independent evaluation by Nordicity and Saffery Champness LLP of the Creative Local Growth Fund – a place-based programme that worked across Local Enterprise Partnerships, arts organisations and other partners (2015-2020) to support initiatives designed to help culture contribute to local economic growth. It highlights key findings and learning on the design of the programme, as well as the impact of the nine funded projects.

Nine consortia including StartEast were awarded £3.8 million from the Arts Council, helping to leverage match funding from European Structural and Investment Funds, with the projects securing an additional £9.4 million from the European Regional Development Fund and European Social Fund (as well as just over £5.1 million in other cash funding).

You can find the report here, alongside an executive summary, infographic and key learnings document, and a set of case studies describing how beneficiaries of the Creative Local Growth Fund were impacted. Including a case study about how StartEast supported the Creative Computing Club in Suffolk.

 

Call for Mentors for an Investment Readiness Programme for Creative, Cultural and Arts organisations and businesses!

The Invest East Investment Readiness Programme is looking for mentors to work with founders of businesses and organisations from the Creative, Cultural and Arts sectors who are participating in a FREE programme of masterclasses, workshops and one to one mentoring to learn more about investment and financial sustainability.

The Invest East Investment Readiness Programme has been running for over 18 months and has so far worked with more than 80 businesses to help them become more financially sustainable and able to grow and develop. Businesses on the programme have learned about funding and investment and how to maximise their chances of securing the funding they need. Many have developed new products or services and made important connections through the programme’s experienced pool of mentors and fellow participants to help with their business journey.

Thanks to additional funding from the Norfolk Strategic Fund managed by Norfolk County Council with funding contributed by Norfolk County Council and NALEP as well as UEA they are now able to widen the programme to run a bespoke cohort for founders within the Creative, Cultural and Arts sectors. The programme is completely free to participants who will attend masterclasses on topics such as Protecting IP, Business Planning, Funding Strategy, Legals, Financial Planning and Pitching to Funders.

There will be smaller, specialised round table sessions and access to a pool of mentors across a range of specialisms for one to one work. Participants will work on developing and refining their funding pitch with feedback and insights from experienced advisors, investors and mentors. All work is done remotely.

The programme starts early 2021 and sessions take place across the following months culminating in an event where selected businesses and organisations will get an opportunity to pitch to an invited audience of funders and key stakeholders. This is a paid opportunity and is very flexible. Anyone interested in finding out more should get in touch now.

Contact: Sam Burton by emailing sam.burton@uea.ac.uk in the first instance.

 

Job Support Programme Online Hub

Looking for work? Need support with skills or finance in your business? Looking for mental health and wellbeing resources?

The New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership and New Anglia Growth Hub new Job Support Programme online hub brings details of job opportunities, training providers and support networks into one place, with an interactive support finder to help you find the information you need.

 

Free Norfolk County Council Coronavirus Toolkit for Businesses

Norfolk County Council’s Public Health team has produced a new toolkit to support local businesses. It includes the latest information and advice helping businesses understand and use NHS Test and Trace to play their part in controlling outbreaks of Coronavirus in Norfolk.

Alongside the toolkit, there are a variety of new resources for businesses to use. Posters and social media graphics are available on a wide range of topics from hand washing and social distancing, to scam and community support advice.

New resources will be added over the coming weeks, businesses can sign up here to receive an alert when new resources are added, and keep up to date with the most recent information.

 

Report on Impact of Covid-19 on DCMS Sectors published

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee says Covid-19 crisis presents biggest threat to UK’s cultural infrastructure, institutions and workforce in a generation.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the New Anglia Culture Board Covid-19 Impact Surveys, the results of which were fed into the DCMS Impact Inquiry

Read the report here.

 

£2bn ‘Kickstart Scheme’ Announced to Create More Jobs for Young People

Those aged 16-24, claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment, will be eligible. Funding available for each six-month job placement will cover 100% of the National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week – and employers will be able to top this wage up. It is intended to create hundreds of thousands of new, fully subsidised jobs for young people.

A total of £1.6 billion will be invested in scaling up employment support schemes, training and apprenticeships.

Click here for more information.

 

Norfolk & Suffolk’s Creative & Cultural Sector COVID-19 Survey Results

We are pleased to share the results of the New Anglia Culture Board second regional survey on the impact of COVID-19 on our regional creative and cultural sector. We received 195 completed responses – thank you so much for all your helpful contributions and for sharing the survey with your networks.

COVID-19 Impact Survey 2 Results

We plan to continue to distribute the survey every 4 – 6 weeks and questions will be refined /added as the situation continues to change. We very much welcome your feedback and suggestions for new questions.

As part of the ongoing advocacy for our region in these very tough times, the results from the current survey will also be fed into the DCMS COVID-19 Impact Inquiry.