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Regions to share £17.5million creative fund

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Greater Manchester and the North East are among the 6 regions who’ll share  £17.5m in funding to “scale up creative businesses.”

The cash will be used to attract additional investment and create jobs.

The Create Growth Programme will give each of the 6 regions £1.275m to develop a targeted programme of business support.

In the North East, this will be delivered through a mixture of workshops and masterclasses, led by Creative UK, in partnership with North East Screen, Creative Fuse, Generator,  New Writing North, North East Growth Hub, and Sunderland Software City. 

“The North East Create Growth Programme is a huge opportunity for everyone in the North East,” said Chief Executive of the North East England Chamber of Commerce, John McCabe.

“Not only will the programme boost the economic potential of this important and growing sector, but it will also help the region in its mission to build, attract, and retain great talent.”  

Businesses in the regions will also be able to apply to a £7m investment fund to help with their expansion. This will be delivered by Innovate UK.

£950k will also be invested in developing the next generation of talent. The Creative Careers Programme will be run by ScreenSkills to 53 “priority areas” chosen by the Government.

These include Barnsley, Barrow in Furness, Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool, County Durham, Kirklees, Knowsley, Rochdale, Stoke on Trent, Rotherham, Selby, South Tyneside, Tees Valley Combined Authority and Wigan.

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The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has also announced the recipients of the UK Games Fund. This offered grants of up to £25k to help start-up  studios realise their ideas for new projects.

Three of the studios are based in the North of England.

Todmorden’s Tea Stained Games will use the cash to develop Cabbie!, which enables players to test their driving skills in an alien world where companies are polluting the planet with toxic materials.

Humble Grove, in Yorkshire, will develop Twilight Array, a game that sees scavengers explore an abandoned spaceship.

Finally Manchester-based Phigames will work ona game which will see players explore hostile interplanetary systems.

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