UK screen industries support organisation Creative England has launched two funds to help businesses recover from the Covid-19 shutdown.
They are part of the Creative Enterprise programme, which was established two years ago and developed with National Lottery funding from the BFI.
The first fund supplies business planning support grants of up to £5,000, for screen-based companies to revise or improve their business models and focus on future sustainability.
The money is to subsidise the cost of working with business experts to support companies with their business planning and strategy as they re-focus priorities for the post-pandemic future.
The second fund is the New Ideas Fund which offers grants of between £1,000 and £25,000 to support the development of new and innovative ideas that have the potential to impact and grow creative entrepreneurs and companies working in moving image industries.
“This is a critical time for the screen industries as businesses and entrepreneurs face unprecedented new challenges,” said Haley Edwards, programme manager. “With these funds, we are offering tangible support to help the industry to adapt, innovate, and grow.”
“As a new regional creative business, Creative England and the New Ideas Fund has been intrinsic in supporting Rebel Televisions expansion into post-production,” said Stu Garlick, co-founder and CCO at Bristol-based production company Rebel Television. “Their support has enabled us to establish cost savings and provide stability in a very fast-moving volatile industry.”