Find out more about our Creative Warwickshire Programme:

What is Creative Warwickshire?

Creative Warwickshire is a new and unique programme delivered as part of the Inclusive Enterprise Programme, aimed at creative and digital freelancers and businesses who have ambitions to grow their businesses, develop new markets and enhance their business skills.

Why are you running this programme?

Leamington Spa has just been identified as one of the top 20 Creative Clusters in the UK (‘The Geography of Creativity’, NESTA/Creative England, 2016). This programme will contribute to the continuing development of the sub-region as a powerhouse of national activity. Programme participants will have access to sector experts, both to mentor start-ups and to develop the capacity of established companies with ambitions to grow.

What is on offer?

The programme is run over a 3-month period, which compromises of intensive training days, workshops, 1-2-1 diagnostic sessions with a mentor, masterclasses & networking events, plus the chance to meet like-minded business owners in an informal, safe and friendly environment.

Who can apply?

The programme is open to businesses from the following sectors:

Advertising & Marketing, Architecture, Crafts, Design: product, graphic & fashion design, Film, TV, Video, Radio, Photography, IT, Software & Computer Services, Publishing, Museums, Galleries & Libraries, Music, Performing & Visual Arts.

And who fulfil all of the following criteria:

  • Has the potential and ambition for business growth
  • Are based in Warwickshire
  • Who can commit to the Creative Warwickshire course dates as set out on the Programme Details page

Creative Warwickshire is for all creative and digital companies based in the county and we particularly welcome applicants from groups who are under-represented in the sector, such as women, ethnic minority businesses, entrepreneurs with disabilities and senior start-ups.

What experience do I need to have?

We are looking for creative and digital freelancers and businesses with a proven track record in delivering work in a commercial or earned/mixed income context – in other words, not in an educational setting as a student or pre-start businesses.

What we are looking for is how the support of the Creative Warwickshire programme is right and timely for YOUR development so that it empowers you to develop your business, take risks and create work that contributes to the creative and digital scene of Warwickshire and beyond.

Please send supporting material to show us the calibre and quality of your previous work – this could be links to online portfolios, web links, catalogues, brochures or whatever you think will support your case most effectively. (Remember: sometimes less is more!)

What other criteria are you looking for?

Participants on the programme will need to be:

  • self-motivated and independent business owners
  • people with vision, initiative, flair and verve
  • in whom it is possible to have confidence in their ability to deliver work
  • who showcase a high level of understanding entrepreneurialism
  • with intuitive grasp of the opportunities in the region, nationally and internationally
  • people with passion who have the potential for superlative communication skills who, given the opportunities, are able to exploit networks
What does it cost and how can I apply?

The programme is free. The investment required from you is your time, energy and commitment to documenting your learning and insights.

All you have to do to apply is fill out the simple application form, send it through along with your CV to the IEP Creative Warwickshire team by the deadline date and we will let you know whether you are eligible to attend.

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