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Creative businesses outside London will share £17.5m to inspire growth


Creative businesses in England will receive £17.5million in funding, the government has announced.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) said on Friday that six regions outside London will receive £1.275million under the Create Growth scheme.

Businesses across all regions will also be able to apply for a new £7million investment fund to fuel their expansion.

Around £2.85million has also been set aside by the government for contingencies.

Creative Industries Minister Julia Lopez said: “From product design and video games to music and film, the creative industries are a stellar success story in the UK.

“Today’s plans will help get more creative businesses off the ground so they can spread jobs and wealth and help more people, including those from underrepresented backgrounds, break into these sectors of world class.”

DCMS has also launched the Creative Careers scheme, targeting 53 areas including Barking, Dagenham, Wolverhampton, Rotherham, Slough and Swindon.

The £950,000 scheme will help young people aged 11-18 from underrepresented backgrounds to break into the creative industry by giving them career advice and organizing events.

The UK Games Fund, which receives government funding, has also awarded grants of up to £25,000 to companies like London-based Epoch Media Studios.

The video game studio will make Pension$, which centers on a cash-strapped college professor who finds himself drawn into a murky criminal underworld.

While Bristol’s Two Headed Alien will develop Project Diagnosis, a sci-fi investigation game about caring for alien abduction victims.

Yorkshire Tea game companies Stained Games and Humble Grove; the VR Hive in Paisley, Renfrewshire; Cardiff-based developer Good Gate Media and Norwich-based Fairer Games are also benefiting from the fund.

Folkestone’s Spire Games, Balloon Studios in Devon, Phigames in Greater Manchester, Brighton-based studio Different Monster, London-based The Line Animation, Essex-based Semaeopus, Prism Palace in Surrey, Nullpointer and Include Games in Brighton and Crooks Peak in Wiltshire also got grants.

The DCMS said the six regions that will benefit from the Create Growth program include: Greater Manchester; West of England and Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly; Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire; Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire; Kent, Essex and East and West Sussex; and the North East of England.