Creative

GBSLEP is home to a thriving creative sector, which has seen strong growth in many sub-sectors, such as games and content creation, as well as great potential in others, including the cultural industries.

But creative businesses tend to be small and have particular issues that need addressing, for example, around the recognition and valuing of their intellectual property (IP) and their ability to raise finance and scale their businesses.

Knowing that this sector is unique in its makeup and needs, we now have an in-house Sector Specialist providing tailored advice and signposting for creative and cultural businesses. To access one-to-one advice - at no cost to your business - click here and contact us today.

GBSLEP Growth Hub and its partners are helping creatives access the specific support they need to seize opportunities for growth and make our regional creative sector world class.

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Chase Creative Hub

Chase Creative Hub

TYPE OF SUPPORT: Innovation, Funding, Other Business Support, Start...
BUSINESS SECTOR: Creative, Digital & Technology
BUSINESS LOCATION: Cannock Chase
COST: Free

Chase Creative Hub is not just a website. It's a group of like-minded individuals and businesses that live or work within the creative sector in the Cannock Chase district. Dancers, artists, designers, photographers and more, can all become part of the 'Hub. ...

Greater Birmingham International Business Hub

Greater Birmingham International Business Hub

TYPE OF SUPPORT: Export
BUSINESS SECTOR: Creative, Digital & Technology, Social Enterprise,...
BUSINESS LOCATION: GBSLEP and Others
COST: Free

The International Business Hub is a one-stop-shop for all importers and exporters, from established businesses to those who are considering trading internationally for the first time. As well as being able to tap into the expertise of international trade advisers, businesses can seek assistance with...

Department for International Trade

Department for International Trade

TYPE OF SUPPORT: Export
BUSINESS SECTOR: Creative, Digital & Technology, Social Enterprise,...
BUSINESS LOCATION: GBSLEP and Others
COST: Free

Benefit from tailored support, impartial expertise and access to the Department for International Trades global network to help you enter new markets and grow your international sales.Realise your business’s global potential with the help of an International Trade Adviser based in your local Chamber...

Innovate to Succeed i2s

Innovate to Succeed i2s

TYPE OF SUPPORT: Innovation, Other Business Support
BUSINESS SECTOR: Creative, Digital & Technology, Social Enterprise,...
BUSINESS LOCATION: GBSLEP
COST: Free

The project is a fully funded scheme to deliver tailored support to SMEs to help them enhance their innovation management capacity. The project will deliver bespoke 1 to 1 consultancy to help companies deal with the critical aspects of innovation management including access to finance,...

Marketing Birmingham

Marketing Birmingham

TYPE OF SUPPORT: Innovation, Funding, Other Business Support
BUSINESS SECTOR: Creative, Digital & Technology, Social Enterprise,...
BUSINESS LOCATION: GBSLEP
COST: Free

The West Midlands Growth Company (WMGC) will help to create new jobs, expand existing businesses and attract new businesses and investment to the region, aligned to the ambitions set out in the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) Strategic Economic Plan. Formerly Marketing Birmingham, the...

The Lets Grow Grant

The Lets Grow Grant

TYPE OF SUPPORT: Funding, Grant Funding
BUSINESS SECTOR: Creative, Digital & Technology, Social Enterprise,...
BUSINESS LOCATION: Cannock Chase
COST: Match Funded

The aim of the programme is to support the Cannock Chase Economy by providing financial assistance to help existing small medium sized businesses (SMEs) to expand and grow. It is anticipated that by accessing the available funding business are able to undertake expansion projects that will safeguard...

Find It In Worcestershire

Find It In Worcestershire

TYPE OF SUPPORT: Other Business Support, Grant Funding
BUSINESS SECTOR: Creative, Digital & Technology, Social Enterprise,...
BUSINESS LOCATION: Bromsgrove, Redditch, Wyre Forest
COST: Free

Find it in Worcestershire is the place to find local supply chain opportunities within the County. Set up in 2011, the free to use service offers local businesses the opportunity to meet local suppliers at our monthly breakfast meetings, as well as pitching for work directly on the Find it Portal. ...

WINN Innovation

WINN Innovation

TYPE OF SUPPORT: Innovation
BUSINESS SECTOR: Creative, Digital & Technology, Social Enterprise,...
BUSINESS LOCATION: Bromsgrove, Redditch, Wyre Forest
COST: Free

WINN is a new collaboration between many of the Innovators in the region, aimed at consolidating innovation support activities, creating a community of innovators and ensuring that our innovative history continues into our innovative future. Its vision is to be a catalyst for innovation,...

Investing in Growth

Investing in Growth

TYPE OF SUPPORT: Funding, Other Business Support, Grant Funding
BUSINESS SECTOR: Creative, Digital & Technology, Social Enterprise,...
BUSINESS LOCATION: Bromsgrove, Redditch, Wyre Forest
COST: Free

Is your business ready to take off? The Investing in Growth Programme will provide a bespoke support package for Worcestershire businesses to ensure they are investment ready in order that they may access local, regional and national funding programmes to reach their growth potential. The...

Enterprise for Success

Enterprise for Success

TYPE OF SUPPORT: Start-Up Support, Early Stage Start-Ups and Entrep...
BUSINESS SECTOR: Creative, Digital & Technology, Social Enterprise,...
BUSINESS LOCATION: East Staffordshire, Lichfield, Cannock Chase, Tamw...
COST: Free

Those thinking of starting a new business or are in the early days of trading can now access a range of tailored support across the region, through the programme ‘Enterprise for Success’. Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, the scheme offers access to a team of experienced and...

Gigabit Voucher Scheme

Gigabit Voucher Scheme

TYPE OF SUPPORT: Other Business Support, Incubator
BUSINESS SECTOR: Creative, Digital & Technology
BUSINESS LOCATION: GBSLEP
COST: Free

We wanted to alert you to a programme that is being run by our colleagues in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport that is helping SMEs upgrade their business broadband connectivity. Information on the scheme is below, along with some social media imagery that has been created by the...

What is the BASIS Project

What is the BASIS Project

TYPE OF SUPPORT: Other Business Support
BUSINESS SECTOR: Creative, Digital & Technology, Social Enterprise,...
BUSINESS LOCATION: GBSLEP
COST: Free

What is the BASIS Project?The Birmingham and Solihull Industrial Symbiosis Project, or BASIS, aims to create a diverse network of businesses across the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), with the aim of supporting their transition to become more resource efficient and cost-effective business.The...

Higher Level Skills Match

Higher Level Skills Match

TYPE OF SUPPORT: Recruitment/Staffing
BUSINESS SECTOR: Creative, Digital & Technology, Social Enterprise,...
BUSINESS LOCATION: GBSLEP
COST: Free

HLSM will help you define, obtain and retain the skills and talent your business needs to grow There is a growing gap, locally and across the UK, between the skills SMEs need and the skills job applicants have. HLSM will work with local SMEs to find short and long term solutions to their specific...

Aston University Law Clinic

Aston University Law Clinic

TYPE OF SUPPORT: Other Business Support
BUSINESS SECTOR: Creative, Digital & Technology, Social Enterprise,...
BUSINESS LOCATION: GBSLEP
COST: Free

A free legal advice service run by Aston Law School students, under the supervision of a solicitor. Aston Law Clinic, as part of Aston Law School, roots its approach in the business environment. We provide a range of legal services for: Entrepreneurs Start-ups Small Businesses ...

Higher Level Skills Match Account Managed Service

Higher Level Skills Match Account Managed Service

TYPE OF SUPPORT: Innovation
BUSINESS SECTOR: Creative, Digital & Technology, Social Enterprise,...
BUSINESS LOCATION: GBSLEP
COST: Funded

Higher Level Skills Match (HLSM) has been created with and for businesses to support SME growth and employability within the GBSLEP area. There is a growing gap, locally and across the UK, between the skills SMEs need and the skills job applicants have. HLSM will work with local SMEs to find...

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