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Norfolk Screen Sector Survey

Norfolk County Council and partners have commissioned creative industries strategy consultancy Olsberg•SPI (“SPI”) to deliver a comprehensive research project on the Norfolk screen sector. This includes a review of film, television, animation, commercials and related sector activity and businesses, as well as considering how Norfolk can be further developed as a location for the national and international screen sector.

As part of this project, SPI is undertaking a Norfolk Screen Sector Survey with the county’s industry. The purpose of this survey is to understand the sector better, including the impact of COVID-19, future challenges and need for support. The survey will also gather information for the creation of a new database that organisations supporting the screen sector in Norfolk can access, as well as potentially a public crew directory.

The survey can be accessed here and should take no longer than 10-15 minutes to complete. Please provide your response by Friday 13th August 2021.

Norwich BID Inviation to District Dialogues

We want to know how you feel about where you work. Join us at one of our first District Dialogues: an informal drop-in session where you can tell us your views on your area of the city, and how you think we can make progress.

This is your opportunity to share the advantages and challenges of your neighbourhood, network with your fellow businesses, influence the strategy for your district, meet members of the BID team, and enjoy a relaxed drink!

Norwich is made up of eight districts, and we ask that each business attends their relevant District Dialogue. Check which district your business is in on visitnorwich.co.uk and book here

Lowestoft Virtual Creative Hub

To enable the growing creative sector in Lowestoft to reach its full potential and attract further investment, a new virtual hub has been launched.  Funded by Arts Council England, the Virtual Creative Hub will provide creatives with a way to network, feel more connected and access information, training and funding opportunities, bringing creatives together through social media channels and an emerging place website, which will be launched later this summer.

The Hub is open to creatives who are based in Lowestoft or deliver work in the town, and will feature a programme of training, tool kits, networking sessions and bespoke 1-2-1 support. Additionally a free Cultural Directory is in development for the new website, allowing organisations and creatives to promote their enterprises in one central place.

To register your interest in becoming a part of the Virtual Creative Hub and have a profile created for the Creative Directory, please read the privacy policy and complete the sign-up form.

Grants for Creatives – Lowestoft: Creative Unlimited

Working in partnership with Suffolk County Council, a small grant scheme, part of Creative Unlimited, funded by Suffolk Inclusive Growth Investment Fund, will be available for people who engage with the Hub. Awards of up to £1,000 are available to fund materials, exhibition equipment through to digital development, marketing and promotion.

Applications for grants under the Suffolk Inclusive Growth Investment Fund are now being accepted, with a deadline for all applications of 9am on 30 July 2021. All applications must be submitted via email on the official application form by the deadline to thinklowestoft@eastsuffolk.gov.uk. To apply for a grant, you must meet the criteria stipulated in the application guidance and join the Virtual Creative Hub where you will have your enterprise featured on the Creative Directory. Register here

Platform 2021: Monthly Workshops for Creative Businesses & Freelancers
Delivered Through Creative Unlimited

Platform 2021, delivered by Norwich University of the Arts, is a series of workshop sessions for people interested in starting their own creative business or becoming a freelancer.

Platform sessions are run by industry professionals who guide you through some of the key areas you need to know about when starting up. They cover research, branding, marketing, finance, legal and networking. Click here to see the full programme of events.

The series runs monthly with a new online workshop that will help you start or build your business. Join online on the Second Wednesday of every month at 2pm. The next session is: Growing Your Network, Wednesday, 14 July 2021. Sign-up at Meetup.com

Creative Individuals Norfolk #2 Posters Pamphlets and Other Paraphernalia

Individuals who act as creative catalysts in the community are invited to make proposals for Posters Pamphlets and Other Paraphernalia, a strand of work for the Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2022. The project supports creative individuals to ‘give voice’ to the community through print paraphernalia. Norfolk & Norwich Festival expects to award five commissions of £5,000 each.
Find out more and apply
Deadline: 12 noon on Monday 26 July 2021

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.

Go Digital provides free, quality business support funded by Norfolk County Council, North Norfolk District Council, Kings Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council, South Norfolk Council, Broadland District Council and Breckland Council. You’ll get:

  • An experienced business advisor matched to your business
  • Quality advisor time dedicated to helping you identify digital opportunities that fit with and add to your business plans
  • An advisor who acts as a critical friend, who can challenge your existing digital plans or help to create new ones
  • A digital audit of your business and a comprehensive report of its findings
  • An action plan which identifies the digital priorities and next steps for your organisation
  • The opportunity to apply for a business grant worth up to £500 towards your digital action plan

Find out more here

ETIP Scheme Launched

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.

  • The scheme can fund up to 75% of their training costs, maximum of £1,500 total grant value per business (£2,000 total training cost)
  • There is no maximum of employees that can take courses from each business, or how many different courses an individual can take, as long as it meets the training objectives to enhance productivity, efficiency or effectiveness of the business, and be proven to assist with employee retention
  • It can fund both accredited and non-accredited training up to Level 3, or modules thereof. It can fund mandatory training and online-only training
  • It must be delivered from a UK organisation, using a local trainer (where possible)

Find out more here or contact ETIP@norfolk.gov.uk to connect with one of their Business Advisors.

Norfolk’s NEW Public Art Trail – Have your say!

Norfolk County Council’s EXPERIENCE project is working with artists to commission 7 public art works – one for each district of Norfolk – that will be linked by a 250 mile walking/cycling trail for you to come and visit! We’d love to get your thoughts and ideas and have put together a short survey.

There are 10 quick questions and some anonymous demographic questions (which help us check we’re reaching everyone) and a chance to win a £75 voucher for Jarrold Department Store once completed.

Please visit this link to access the Art Trail survey.
To learn more about EXPERIENCE, please visit tourismexperience.org

DRIVE

DRIVE is a new business mentoring and funding support programme for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The programme supports businesses to help grow and develop Norfolk and Suffolk’s rural economy.

DRIVE provides local businesses with access to a grant to invest in new business development that leads to job creation. You could receive:

  • Up to 12 hours of guidance from a Business Mentor to evaluate your business plans and DRIVE application
  • A grant between £5,000 and £30,000 (up to 40% of total project costs)

If you are a business with a project idea, go to About DRIVE for more information including who is eligible and how to apply.

Craft Council launch the Market for Craft data tool

The Market for Craft data tool is an open-access dashboard available online at no cost to independent makers, studios and collectives, shops and galleries, and curious consumers. Using the data tool’s tabs and filters, you can gain a detailed insight into your customer’s demographics, behaviours, motivations, and barriers — helping inform business strategies for 2021 and beyond. Key areas of focus include:

  • Market breakdown
  • Buying behaviour
  • Buying interest
  • Participation
  • Psychographic profile
  • Demographic profile
  • Media consumption

The data tool accompanies the Market for Craft report – the first analysis to identify and gauge appetite for British craft for over a decade. Commissioned in May 2020 by the Crafts Council and eight leading national partners, this work aims to equip makers with the knowledge and insight necessary to develop their business.

Reopening Norfolk Safely: Norfolk County Council Guidance for businesses – April 2021

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

Celebrating Culture 2021

An exciting and inclusive new marketing and PR campaign will launch in late May to celebrate the rich and diverse arts, culture and heritage sectors across Norfolk and Suffolk. Celebrating Culture 2021 is led by Norfolk County Council on behalf of the New Anglia Culture Board (NACB) and supported by the New Anglia LEP, Suffolk County Council, Interreg EXPERIENCE , University of East Anglia and Visit East of England. ‘Celebrating Culture 2021’ aims to further build the East’s reputation as a ‘must see’ UK cultural destination.

How to Take Part
List your arts and culture events for free on the Visit East of England website (which will be a portal for the campaign) here

A free marketing toolkit will be available soon to use as part of your marketing activity. Look out for further announcements and details on the Norfolk Arts Forum’s Twitter and Facebook

Together, when the time is right, we want to be ready to launch the campaign and signal ‘culture is back in the East’.

Suffolk Growth Events

Suffolk Growth facilitates and hosts a wide range of events throughout the year, including strategic development workshops, training events, innovation & best practice workshops and more. They welcome attendance from both public and private sector. Find out more here

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

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.

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.

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.