Creative Scale Up reopens for applications

4 Feb 2020

The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) has opened up a new round of applications for businesses to join their Creative Scale Up Programme with a deadline of 31 March 2020. This is a £1.3 million Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) funded pilot programme which will explore how best to support businesses in the creative industries sector to grow whilst encouraging investment into the sector. It gives creative The first cohort on the programme include Bath businesses Complete Control and Waller & Wood. You can see the video for the first cohort below: -




Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria for the Creative Scale Up programme are as follows. Businesses applying to join the programme need to:

  • Have a minimum of 8 employees, up to 4 of whom can be regular freelance staff
  • Have scaled by 10% in the last year (turnover or employees)
  • Have ambition to grow by at least 20% over the next 3 years
  • Be a Creative Industries business
  • Have not received More than Euro 200,000 in government funded business support in the last 2 years
  • Be based in the West of England (Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire)
  • Agree to participate in the activities and workshops of the programme

Benefits of being on the programme

Businesses on the programme will receive a tailored package of support which includes:

  • Mentoring
  • A peer support network with facilitated face to face meetings
  • Workshops and training
  • Access to investors and support to access and understand other types of finance

More information and how to apply

If you are interested in applying to the programme please visit the WECA web page for more information or contact the programme team via email. The application deadline to join the second cohort of businesses is 31st March 2020.