Create Growth Programme

Tailored development programme for creative businesses 

The East Midlands Creative Consortium is currently offering business support tailored specifically to creative businesses to enhance business skills and understanding various financial avenues for growth after being awarded £1.3 million of government funding. The Create Growth programme is available until 2025 for a variety businesses in the creative sector including advertising, architecture and IT.


Find out more about what the Create Growth Programme can do for your business.

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What's on offer?

As part of the tailored support package, you’ll get to benefit from:

  • Free business support tailored to the specific needs of high-growth potential creative businesses
  • A blend of workshops and masterclasses
  • Peer-learning opportunities
  • Mentoring with a focus on investment readiness

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  1. Eligibility

    Eligible businesses should have:

    • Turnover growth of 10% year-on-year, over approximately 3 years
    • Employed a minimum of 2 people over the last 2 years (full-time, part-time or freelance)
    • Created a revenue generating product, launched a new platform or service, or reached a market of scale
    • Generated sales revenue in the last 2 years
    • Trading or registration within Leicester, Leicestershire, Derby, Derbyshire, Lincoln, Greater Lincolnshire, or Rutland

    Businesses in the following sectors are eligible for support:

    • Advertising and marketing
    • Architecture
    • Crafts design and designer fashion
    • Film, tv, video and radio Photography
    • IT, gaming, software and computer services
    • Publishing
    • Museums, galleries and libraries
    • Music, performing and visual art

    We understand that sometimes your business may not fall neatly into a category, so please contact us to find out if you’re eligible.

  2. Upcoming cohorts

    • Cohort 2: Late April/Early May 2024 (Greenborough)
    • Cohort 3: May 2024 (CDI Alliance)
    • Cohort 4: September 2024 (Greenboughrough)
    • Cohort 5 October 8 2024 (CDI Alliance)

Meet our providers

The programme providers have a wealth of experience with supporting businesses scale up through tried and tested accelerator programmes. Find out more about what to expect on the Create Growth Programme in our Provider Information Pack.


A niche, boutique project management business working with scale up businesses across the UK to offer a broad range of business growth and project management services. Greenborugh has been running for over 20 years.

CDI Alliance

A consultancy that specialises in devising, developing and delivering engaging business support programmes for sector specific businesses. CDI Alliance has delivered a number of creative sector programmes over the past 5 years.

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